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Kenmore fridge burning rubber smell, bad ice maker, popping noise

I'm sitting in my kitchen and hear a snap/pop sound come from my fridge. Right after it seemed like the fan was running slower. Next from underneath came a smell like burning rubber. The smell would lessen when the fan would turn off.

For the past week or so my ice maker hasn't had the output that it normally did and some of the cubes seemed hollow or light in weight. Cooling and freezing have been working great.

I've unplugged the unit because I'm concerned about fire. Tomorrow is Saturday...sigh and Christmas is just around the corner. I am crossing my fingers that this problem has something to do with the ice maker and not the compressor.

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  • ioscorp Dec 10, 2008

    I pulled out my water filter cylinder at the bottom front of my side by side Kenmore Coldspot. We ran over to Sears. When I got back the house smelled like something was burning the Refrigerator was out and the back of it smelled like something had burned up. If we plugged it in its normal plug it would trip circuit breaker so we had to plug on a different plug for the night. smell stayed. Next morning electrician came over exverything with plug and electrical okay. Next morning realized freezer not working everything defrosted icemaker not working. Able to get water thru door though. Purchased october 22, 2003. Warranty expired October 22, 2008. Please help any information. Thanks in advance.

  • warboys21 Mar 29, 2009

    I smelled a burnong rubber smell coming from my Kenmore Fridge a few nights ago. Today I find that both sides of my side-by-side fridge is not cooling. The fans are on and the lights appear to be working. Is there a relatively easy fix here, or is this thing done. Thanks for any assistance!

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Cerfer39
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SOURCE: Freezer and Fridge side not cooling

Sounds like your Defrost heater is burned up. It is located in the back of the freezer compartment behind the lower cover. Look at the base of the condensor. Two screws hold the heater and two wire connectors. The heater is in a glass tube. Measure continuity from one end to the other, you should see a few ohms. if it is open, your heater is definitely burned. I got a good deal on a replacement heater on Ebay. I think it was $17 including shipping. The heater being bad will cause major frost buildup in the back of the freezer and stop the Ice maker from working and damage food. Be sure to thorougly dry the freezer compartment prior to putting it back in operation. If too much moisture is present, the new heater will evaporate the moisture into the Ice dispensoer motor and solenoid that swtiches from crushed to solid ice. Hope this helps. it has nothing to do with your problem, but please Check out my website www.playstationclinic.com

Posted on Sep 25, 2007

the dr
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SOURCE: Kenmore 106.53603202 stopped cooling making a clicking sound

The compressor may not have to be changed it could be the relay that is bad, not properly starting the compressor. The relay is attached to the compressor where the wires go to it. Remove it, Shake it, If it sounds like little rocks are inside (it rattles) than it is bad. Let me know what you find

Posted on Jan 05, 2008

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SOURCE: Ice maker makes hollow ice! Why?

Not getting enough water into the ice maker. Could be a partially frozen supply line, restricting the total water input, or it could be that the timer needs to be adjust.

If the water supply tube to the icemaker is frozen. It will be a white rubber tube on the right side of the icemaker. Warm it with a hair dryer, remove it from its aluminum tubing, and make sure there is no ice all the way back to where the supply tube comes from the water valve. After thawing, your icemaker should start working again.

Now..... why did it freeze? Most likely, there is a restricted airflow to the back of the unit, which is need to keep that aluminum supply tube just warm enough to assure all the water flow OUT of it into the icemaker, and doesn't freeze up on contact. Make sure your coils and the airspace under the fridge are completely clean (vacuuum them well) and it should cure the problem.

To adjust the timer, follow the instructions here http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/icemaker/diagicemaker.php

Posted on Jul 17, 2008

SOURCE: 550 Ice Maker Making Hollow cubes or Small Cubes

Hollow cubes are usually a result of lack of water supply

Posted on Jul 19, 2008

aborcass
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SOURCE: Maytag Refridgerator and not cooling or freezing

sounds as if perhaps the overload replay has burnt up on the compressor, you can see it by removing the back cover, unplug unit and remove the starter from the side of compressor. if burnt up or melted youll need to replace it.. before you do i would call the manufacture with model and serial theyve experienced issue with some of these depending on model and serail they may cover repair

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

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SOURCE: Ice cubes are hollow.

some fridges are designed to make hollow cubes where they always hollow or just recently

Posted on Apr 13, 2009

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