Question about Kenmore Freezer 20.3 cu. ft. Frost Free Upright Freezer

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Broke down after 3 years!! Any ideas on what wrong and how to fix it?

I bought the Kenmore 253.24082100 freezer new 3 years ago and all of a sudden the my wife noticed a strong chemical smell in our garage (to me it smelled like fertilizer.) Then the next day the temperature buzzer started going off and we noticed the temp was rising in the freezer and not keeping our food frozen. I called and Sears said the condenser/compressor was the only thing left under warranty but that I'd have to pay $65 to have someone come out and look at it. I'd like to try and fix it myself if it's not too difficult, but I'm not sure what's wrong with it. Does anyone have any ideas? The fan is bloing in the freezer but it's not getting cold. I also noticed that I don't hear the swoosh right after shutting the door anymore. Please email me with any solutions. THanks, Bill

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Thanks for the post, but unfortunately there was no stuck rat... it must be something else. Let me know if you have any other ideas.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008

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Hi Bill,
You will not like this repair at all. It is cheap and easy but usually really gross. So hold your nose and read on.
This time of year we have little visitors in our garages that like to find a warm place to cuddle up. They will crawl into the back of your freezer and find your warm compressor and start looking for places to build a house. While walking around they will eventually walk directly into the condensor fan and and usually they will not die, they will just be stuck in the fan blades. The heat that begins to build up will slowly cook the little critter and you will get a foul smell for a couple of days. Then you will notice the freezer has stopped cooling well. To repair simply remove the rat from the condensor fan and you got it fixed. In some cases the fan can burn out from the jam so you may need to replace it. I always hate to do this job, it is easy but who likes to handle a cooked rat??? Grossss.. Please dont forget to rate me and try to have a nice day.
Mike Anderson
Anderson Appliance

Posted on Oct 28, 2008


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