It sounds like a variation of the old joke: “Is your refrigerator on fire? (Wait for response.) You better go and put it out!” But seriously, Maytag is recalling 1.6 million refrigerators due to a serious fire hazard reported in 41 incidents. If you purchased a Maytag fridge with a side or top freezer from January 2001 through January 2004 for a price between about $350 and $1,600, contact Maytag to see if yours is included in the recall. If a new Maytag refrigerator came with your new home within and around the above time period, you may want to check with the manufacturer as well.
There are Maytag refrigerators with other brand names affected, as well. If your refrigerator bears the name of Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa, or Crosley, the recall might apply as well.
Here is how to tell if your refrigerator is affected.
- For side-by-side appliances, your serial number ends with AA, AC, AE, AG, AJ, AL, AN, AP, AR, AT, AV, AX, CA, CC, CE, CG, CJ, CL, ZB, ZD, ZF, ZH, ZK, ZM, ZQ, ZS, ZU, ZW, ZY, or ZZ and your model number begins with ARS, CS, JC, JS, MS, MZ, or PS.
- For appliances with a freezer on top, your serial number ends with AA, AC, AE, AG, AJ, AL, AN, AP, AR, AT, AV, AX, ZK, ZM, ZQ, ZS, ZU, ZW, ZY, or ZZ and your model number begins with AT, CT, MT, or PT.
If you fall in either of the two categories, do not bring the refrigerator back to the store. Maytag will most likely schedule a free in-home repair appointment. Finally, that repairman in the commercials will have something to keep himself busy. To contact Maytag, call 866-533-9817 or visit Maytag’s repair website.