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I double-checked the label inside the refrigerator side and that's all there is to the model #. I did see that it's from 2004 as well. Is there another spot to see the model # XXXXX that is not enough?
I was looking at the one on the door. Give me a couple of minutes to look again, please.
Serial #: SR3557075
Yep. Here goes...
Okay - so, it's an Embraco compressor - if that matters. No noise at all. It was warm to the touch and everything under there seemed to be connected like it should be (meaning I didn't see anything hanging or dislodged).
No motion whatsoever. Even the fan that's underneath there is still. One other thing - I reset the circuit breaker about 3 hours ago. It has chilled the insides again.
At first, the fan underneath rotates in both direction when flicked but stopped dead soon after. There's was nonoise of any type in the refrigerator or the freezer. I opened the freezer to check for the airflow and then I heard something kick in. I checked the fan again and it's now spinning freely. I pressed my ear on the back of the unit up high on the freezer side and could hear it running as well.
Yes, it's now vibrating.
It only warmed up because the circuit breaker was tripped (only for the fridge - none of the others were set off). Do you think I still need to take it apart? Before that happened, it's been running as usual and has been cold - mostly it stinks really badly, even after scrubbing it out. It's a strange smell - not food related. More like a mechanical odor with a hint of chemical to it.
No, not really that. It's a lot like when you leave a refrigerator closed up and off for a long time. Just nasty. Plus, it's so strong that when the door is opened, you can smell it from a room or two away.
Found the drain inside the freezer (it's on the back wall about 5 inches above a sloped back). It appeared clean, dry, and clog free. I then got behind the unit again and saw that there's a large white pan of sorts under the freezer side. It's dry but has a lot of black crud in it and looks like it had some wetness at some point in time. I'm not sure how to remove it so I can smell it - front or back access?
Bryan, I think you're dead on with the idea about the heater in the icemaker. In thinking back, I ran the fridge for a day or so with the icemaker off (after I had thoroughly cleaned it) and it was not perfect, but much better. I'll do what I can to remove the icemaker and see if what you suggested does the trick. Plus, we had put in a new filter at the same time as the cleaning (and we have the plastic tubing), so I'm thinking of replacing that as well as the tubing. Start fresh!
Thanks for your help.