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My Avanti portable refrigerator will not get cold. I can hear it running and there is a burning smell when I open the door. I close the door and the smell goes away but the unit will not get cold

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If you planned on doing this yourself you may want to check the back of the freezer the coils if there is ice buildup that may have frozen the thermistor, fooling the system that the fridge is cold. for the smell. If you are sure that it is inside the fridge, it could be the wires to the thermistor or the fan may have corroded or opened up.

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