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Model 106.53632300 couple of days ago smelled something (burned electrical type smell). Now both fridge and freezer not cooling. Cooling fan in back on bottom is running.

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You may have a fried start or run cap and hopefully not a spendy board like everything runs on these days....bad caps(capacitors) will cause compressor not to start and run but arent needed for fans to kick on ....

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