I noticed the temps in my Maytag MFF2557HEB Refrigerator were slowly creeping up into the upper 40/lower 50s. I should point out that both freezer and fridge were packed pretty tight.
I read that sometimes the evaporator frosts up to the point where the temps climb so I unplugged the refrigerator for two hours but when I plugged it back in it didn't cool any better.
The next day, a Monday, I got a repairman out. He removed the lower panel at the back of the fridge and after a minute or two said it needed a new compressor. To the best of my knowledge, he did not test anything with a voltmeter. I said I needed to sleep on this as a $750 repair seemed like it might be a bad idea.
The next day I picked up a universal compressor relay from another appliance shop. I went to install it and discovered that the repairman had pulled the existing relay and had not reinstalled it. Curious, I hooked up the original relay and plugged ther refrigerator back in. It has been performing flawlessly ever since.
Any thoughts on what my problem was/is? Should I trust the refrigerator to continue working? I'm stumped.