kenmore refrigerators

Information about the problems and breakdowns of Kenmore refrigerators that were reported from 2003 to 2015.

Common problems: electric shock, fire, smoke.

Faulty modules: compressor, motor.


2 safety recalls announced

Kenmore Elite-Brand TRIO Model Refrigerators Recalled by Maytag Corporation

  • Date: 4/7/2003

A screw located inside the refrigeration compartment on the left side of the refrigerator frame could pierce through the electrical wire harness insulation and pose an electrical shock hazard.

LG Electronics and Sears, Roebuck and Co. Recall to Repair Refrigerators

  • Date: 6/29/2005

A faulty component in the condenser fan motor can short circuit. This could cause the condenser fan motor to overheat, posing a potential fire hazard to consumers. The recalled refrigerators are LG and Kenmore Elite Trio three-door, 21 to 25 cubic foot units with a bottom freezer. The refrigerators come in titanium, stainless steel, bisque, white or black.

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7 issues reported


  • Date: 3/18/2011

Consumer says came home to a house full of smoke and smell of electrical odor. Fire dept was called. Later found it coming from the refrigerator and saw flames by the relay and compressor. Consumer says her whole house could have burnt down.

Kenmore 795.77302600

  • Date: 12/5/2011

Temparature control system that houses refrigerator lights fell. Consumer contacted retailer & they claimed that the incident resulted from normal wear & tear on screws.

Kenmore 106.52532101

  • Date: 12/19/2011

34 YOF came home to the smell of smoke in house. 35 YOM pulled refrigerator out & saw ash & burn mark on kitchen tile. He unplugged it & pulled off cover to find ash, burned wires & electronics mounted to compressor. Fire department took information for their report.

Kenmore Elite 106.53703202

  • Date: 12/18/2012

Consumer smelled electrical burning smell throughout house, discovered it was coming from refrigerator & that refrigerator was no longer cooling. Consumer unplugged refrigerator. Service technician discovered that comressor start relay had caught fire & self-extinguished.

Kenmore 106.53659300

  • Date: 9/15/2013

A 47 YOF reports her kitchen filled up with smoke & smelled like burning plastic due to the refrigerator. After taking off the back panel & plugging it back it, they could see fire & smoke coming from the the bottom left corner, where the compressor was located.

Kenmore Elite 106.52703100

  • Date: 4/30/2014

The consumer stated that the relay on the refrigeratorcaught fire and burned including wiring. The refrigerator was destroyed and damage occurred to the home. Fire department responded.

Kenmore 106.5353

  • Date: 11/23/2015

Consumer smelled smoke when he came home & heard refrigerator arcing. He pulled refrigerator from wall. & when he removed back of unit, he saw that start relay was in flames & smoking. He unplugged unit & fire self-extinguished.

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