Question about Kenmore 53642 / 53644 Side by Side Refrigerator

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I recently noticed a funny smell coming from the freeze. It's not a food smell, but more like an electrical or burning smell. This started on Friday, and the freezer is still working. The smell is now noticeable in the fridge, though not as strong.

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  • kathleen4460 Aug 30, 2010

    Because of my remote location (living on an island) calling for a repairman is not my best solution. I'd appreciate any other insight on what the problem is and how I can deal with it. Also, is the smell that has now coated the frozen packages a health hazard?

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Its possible that any of the electrical part in the unit has got very weak and that is getting overheated.Unplug the unit from the power outlet and empty the fridge and freezer both the sections.And let the doors remain open for both the section.keep it in such a way for 24 hours.Then after that clean the internal area and reconnect the power.set the temperature towards normal setting.Not very low or not very high.Just normal settings.And it will take near to 4 hours after you turn it On and set the temperature.After 4 hours recheck ,if the same smell is noticed then its time to check the internal parts to the back of fridge and freezer panel.It can be anything from compressor fan to compressor relay/motor or capacitor.Or short in wirings.If any part checked burning then it has to be replaced. You can get required parts from www.repairclinic.com
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I can help you with your Kenmore Side by Side Refrigerator problem.

If you are smelling ozone or other symptoms of electrical short / burning, I must recommend you unplug your unit and place a call for service.

Electrical fires are not a joke and worth being safe rather than sorry.

I hope that helps.

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