Does anyone know how to get to/remove the drip pan on the MZD2766GEW
Maytag Wide-By-Side refrigerator? I cannot seem to get to it easily.
It seems like in order to get to it from the front, I have to remove
the "grill," and it seems the only way to remove the grill is to
unscrew the doors, which appear to be attached the the grill. In
order to get to it from the back, there is some big "tank" in the
way. it doesn't seem like it should be that difficult to remove the
Your help is greatly appreciated!
I do not know about your particular unit, but the grills nearly always come
off fairly easily if you can figure out the latch method. If you do not get
a specific answer, take a flashlight and small mirror and inspect the grill
carefully. Some of them push straight downward to disengage a latch at the
top, and some pull straight out at the top. Some disengage at the bottom
first. Generally the top or bottom unsnaps first, then the other edge is
just unhooked. Just don't try to force it, it is usually fairly easy. I do
not think it would ever require unscrewing the doors.
Thank you for your reply. I used a mirror as you suggested and it
appears that the grill is screwed in! There is one screw that is
holding the grill in and it is sitting vertically behind the grill,
and is screwed into the bottom of one of the doors. It is virtually
impossible to unscrew the screw unless the refrigerator is jacked up
Is it possible that the grill should not ever have to be removed?
That doesn't quite make sense though.
In case you're wondering, the reason why I need to access the drip pan
is because I have defrosted my unit and it appears to be overflowing
the drip pan. The reason I'm defrosting the unit is because the
freezer's coils have begun to frost up, which has contributed to a
freezer and refrigerator which are not very cold anymore. About a
week ago, I used a hairdryer to melt some of the frost on the coils.
It seemed to fix the problem as the unit was running smoothly for a
few days. But, just a couple of days ago, I noticed that the back
wall in the freezer was beginning to collect frost again, and the ice
cubes in the ice maker were somewhat "liquidy," so I knew something
was wrong once again.
Having read many posts about other people in this situation, it
appears that replacing the ADC (adaptive defrost control/assembly)
might fix the problem. Would you agree?
Thanks again for your reply. The grill is screwed into each door's
hinge bracket (see item/location #5 at
on each side of the side-by-side refigerator. This does not affect
the movement of the doors themselves.
I ordered the ADC yesterday and will hopefully receive it soon. I
know you mentioned that this "might" fix the problem; let's hope that
you're (and I'm) right! :)
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