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Freezer motor has burning smell

My Kenmore upright freezer's motor is making electric "shorting-out" noises/sparking noises, and smells like something is burning -- Help! Purchased January 2001, so freezer is 8-1/2 years old.

Annie

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  • anniehadden Aug 15, 2008

    You were right, it was the "start relay" that had started melting --- caused by power outage jolts and other things, said the repair person. Too bad we live in the country and the power goes off so much!

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Because this occurred as a result of a power outage, you need to check that the outlet is OK. Plug something in the outlet like a lamp and see that it works normally. If that is OK, check the display for a light bulb that is burned out--incandescant bulbs do that occasionally in a power outage. If it is an LCD or LED display, the power supply is bad on the display board. Is the motor humming and making normal noises?--and your freezer is just not cooling? If no motor noise, look for a reliable and trustworthy appliance repair person. If the damage is costly, try to pursue a claim with the power company.

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