Your Maytag fridge has an automatic defrost system that melts the ice from the freezer coils. As the ice melts, it drips to the bottom of the freezer, exits through a drain and collects in a drain pan beneath the body of the refrigerator where the heat from the condenser and motor evaporates the water. Occasionally, the drain and drain line can freeze, causing water to begin to accumulate in the bottom of the freezer and begin to leak from the freezer onto the kitchen floor. Melting the ice from the drain will fix a Maytag fridge’s freezer leakage.
Unplug your Maytag fridge from the wall outlet. Empty the contents of the freezer into an insulated cooler. Use ice packs or dry ice to keep your food items frozen while you work on the freezer.
Remove any baskets or racks from the bottom of the freezer compartment to access the drain opening. The opening will be about the size of a quarter and near the back wall of the freezer.
Plug a hand-held blow dryer into a grounded outlet. If necessary, use a three-prong extension cord to reach the outlet.
Melt any ice covering the drain with the blow dryer. Use terrycloth towels to absorb the melted ice. Continue to melt the ice until you can insert the tip of a turkey baster into the drain.
Fill a container with hot tap water. Use the turkey baster to force hot water into the drain to melt any ice built up in the drain line. Make sure to soak up any access water with a towel to avoid flooding the freezer floor.
Continue to force hot water through the drain line until you hear the water begin to drip into the condensation pan beneath the freezer. Do not force any additional water through the drain once you hear water begin to enter the pan.
Replace any baskets or racks in the bottom of the freezer compartment. Transfer your frozen items back into the freezer from the cooler. Plug your Maytag fridge back into the electrical wall outlet.