The Maytag repairman won’t be so lonely anymore. Maytag announced today a massive recall of refrigerators, including not only the Maytag brand but others under the corporate umbrella including Jenn-Air, Amana, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley units. 1.6 million refrigerators are subject to the Maytag recall. The refrigerators involved in the Maytag recall may have faulty relays that overheat and pose a fire hazard.
The Maytag recall was issued in response to 41 cases of relay switches igniting, in some cases causing extensive damage to the property on which they were located.
Since 1967, the Maytag repairman appeared in television commercials as a lonely man because Maytag quality products never needed repair. Seems the Maytag repairman will make up for all those years of loafing in the coming months as the Maytag recall remedy consists of free in-home repair.
The refrigerators involved in the Maytag recall were sold between January 2001 and January 2004 and include both discount and high end models, ranging in price from about $350 to $1600.
How can you tell if your refrigerator is subject to the Maytag recall? First, if the freezer unit is on the bottom, you’re safe. All of the refrigerators involved in the Maytag recall either have top freezer compartments or are side by side models.
To determine if your side by side refrigerator/freezer is included in the Maytag recall, check the serial number and model number against this list: All recalled side by side refrigerators have serial numbers ending in one of the following letter combinations: 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, ZZ. If your refrigerator’s serial number ends in one of those combinations, check its model number. The model numbers affected by the recall begin with the letters ARS, CS, JC, JS, MS, MZ, PS.
Refrigerators with top freezer compartments involved in the Maytag recall have serial numbers ending in one of the following letter combinations: AA, AC, AE, AG, AJ, AL, AN, AP, AR, AT, AV, AX, ZK, ZM, ZQ, ZS, ZU, ZW, ZY, ZZ. The model numbers of these units begin with one of these letter combinations: AT, CT, MT, PT.
With due apologies to the Maytag repairman who will now need a cell phone and have to get used to its incessant ring, this is the toll-free number to call to schedule a repair if your refrigerator is part of the Maytag recall: (866) 533-9817. Maytag recall information is also available at the company website.
Sources: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09145.html; http://www.huliq.com/1/78254/maytag-refrigerator-recall-affects-16-m-units; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maytag.