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My side by side fridge was leaking then smelled burning

Was leaking for almost a year then yesteday smelled somthing burning kinda the ven't in the bottom showed bright red.Read that that is supposed to be the defrost going on however now the fridge is not only warm as it went but kinda hot so unplugged it today ..Should i bother to get it fixed?Or just buy a new one don't want to pay a repair man to tell me it's pooched ..Oh and the fridge and freezer part are both not working now bottom with ice have got rid of it i'ts the red coil and burning smell worried that it might have broke then.

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  • serinastewar Apr 29, 2014

    Hi thanks for getting back to me model number is MSD2456GE

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    John Tripp Apr 30, 2014

    If you saw the defrost heater remain on continuously that can be dangerous very serious and cause a fire. For the refrigerator to become hot like this and show a glow from the defrost heater there will need to be two things happening at the same time. The 61006116 Defrost Heater Assembly with defrost thermostat will be stuck in defrost and the defrost thermostat is fused together inside not allowing the thermostat to turn off defrost once the temperature reaches 50 degrees in freezer back wall. The second problem will be the 68233-2 Defrost Timer JT

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    John Tripp Apr 30, 2014

    If the defrost thermostat is stuck with the contacts together and the defrost timer also stuck in defrost it will cause the refrigerator to allow the heating elements to come on and not turn off. this is possible but not likely but because you mention these things we need to make sure this is not happening. let me know what you find either way because I'm interested in knowing what's happening with your refrigerator. Thank you John Tripp



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Posted on Apr 24, 2014

Testimonial: "model number MSD2456GE it started on the left side the freezer was always leaking and ice build up on bottom of the freezer then the panel at the bottom seen the red coils when leaked bad and smell was kinda a burning scent then both fridge and freezer got warm started working again but then stopped and actually got hot so its been unplugged since."


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