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Horrible smell coming from freezer blower

I have a horrible smell coming from the blower in the freezer, and I have no idea what it is. Any ideas?

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  • mtrapp Oct 23, 2008

    The smell is "something burning" type of smell, something electrical. It lasted for a few hours and then nothing. The freezer simply stopped working. Everything started defrosting. Fan seems to work. Is there anything I can do? (I'm reasonably handy)
    Thanks for taking the time on this with me.



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What sort of smell please be more specific.

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