Author Topic: Electrical burning smell coming from my fridge  (Read 30633 times)

Offline regnursepm99

  • VIP Member
  • Member Since: Nov 2008
  • Posts: 49
  • Country: 00
Electrical burning smell coming from my fridge
« on: November 30, 2010, 08:45:39 PM »
I am just wondering if anyone has ever heard of a problem like this.  My fridge seems to be working fine but today I kept smelling something burning.  It was a distinct electrical burning smell.  I pulled it out from the wall, undid the back and saw nothing that it could be to the eye.  The fan is working and everything seems to be running but the compressor was making a clicking noise when trying to come on.  It wasn't consistent with coming on either.  The food was cold and my freezer was fine.  Any ideas on what it may be?  Maybe a relay switch?  My model # is GD5SHGXKT01 serial #SL2828122  year 7/2001

Thanks in advance!!!!

Offline JWWebster

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Jan 2008
  • Posts: 8780
  • Country: us
  • SublimeMasterJW
    • Buy me a beer through paypal
    • JW's Sublime Appliance Advice
Re: Electrical burning smell coming from my fridge
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2010, 08:48:32 PM »
Maybe you defrost heater went belly up, part # 2323198
Been known to happen you know.
May the hinges of our friendship
        never grow rusty.

About the icons: The beer is tip link, if a tech saves ya some money buy em a 6 pack. The small green square=personal message. The green dot is a link to my web page on appliance repair and other general BS I love to post. The letter sends me email.
I love fan letters! LOL

Offline niobrara

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Sep 2009
  • Posts: 1158
Re: Electrical burning smell coming from my fridge
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2010, 08:54:24 PM »
Hope I'm wrong but check your start relay, part  # 8201786
Check your amp draw on the compressor when starting and when running.

Offline regnursepm99

  • VIP Member
  • Member Since: Nov 2008
  • Posts: 49
  • Country: 00
Re: Electrical burning smell coming from my fridge
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2010, 09:04:03 PM »
I just tried to plug it back in and there's a clicking noise but the compressor doesn't come on...just the fan

Offline JWWebster

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Jan 2008
  • Posts: 8780
  • Country: us
  • SublimeMasterJW
    • Buy me a beer through paypal
    • JW's Sublime Appliance Advice
Re: Electrical burning smell coming from my fridge
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2010, 09:07:01 PM »
What ya need to do then is inspect the compressor relay, part # 8201786


I suspect it is toast.
A common problem on refrigerators is that relay will simply fall apart. Click pics to enlarge
May the hinges of our friendship
        never grow rusty.

About the icons: The beer is tip link, if a tech saves ya some money buy em a 6 pack. The small green square=personal message. The green dot is a link to my web page on appliance repair and other general BS I love to post. The letter sends me email.
I love fan letters! LOL

Offline regnursepm99

  • VIP Member
  • Member Since: Nov 2008
  • Posts: 49
  • Country: 00
Re: Electrical burning smell coming from my fridge
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2010, 10:01:16 PM »
Ok...so I took off the relay switch and opened it up...this is what I found.  Now I am certain it is the switch because it's burnt to a crisp.  My question is that I took a picture of the plugs that go into the switch and they seem a "little" burnt too.  Can I still use them?  They don't look "damaged" other than the colored plastic looks discolored.  I know I need to replace the switch but that's easy and replacing all the wiring on the fridge seems like a real pain in the ass.

Offline niobrara

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Sep 2009
  • Posts: 1158
Re: Electrical burning smell coming from my fridge
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2010, 10:38:28 PM »
Wiring will be ok.Might want to change out the connectors on the wires.Just remember to check the amp draw when you put the new relay in.

Offline JWWebster

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Jan 2008
  • Posts: 8780
  • Country: us
  • SublimeMasterJW
    • Buy me a beer through paypal
    • JW's Sublime Appliance Advice
Re: Electrical burning smell coming from my fridge
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2010, 09:02:04 AM »
You can use them wires again. It took a lot to get them wires like that. I have seen worse.
May the hinges of our friendship
        never grow rusty.

About the icons: The beer is tip link, if a tech saves ya some money buy em a 6 pack. The small green square=personal message. The green dot is a link to my web page on appliance repair and other general BS I love to post. The letter sends me email.
I love fan letters! LOL

Offline ryan111

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Aug 2010
  • Posts: 196
    • Appliance-repair-it.com
Re: Electrical burning smell coming from my fridge
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2010, 11:45:15 AM »
Look at the terminals on the compressor to make sure they are not burnt. If so you will want to clean them with emery cloth before you try the new relay.

Unfortunately a lot of the time (not everytime) when I see a relay brunt as bad as yours the compressor is bad. If the compressor still will not start with the new relay the compressor is bad also make sure the compressor isnít drawing too much current as suggested.

If you havenít already ordered the relay you may want to make sure the compressor isnít grounded out. If the compressor is grounded out you are wasting your money on the relay. Using an ohmmeter see if you have any continuity between any of the compressor terminals to ground and if so you know for sure the compressor is bad. Also make sure you do have continuity across each terminal. If not the one of the compressor windings is open. If the compressor checks ok then try the relay.

Disconnect power to the refrigerator and the compressor before testing with the ohmmeter. If you donít have an ohmmeter just try the relay and if it works fine and if not the compressor is bad.
« Last Edit: December 01, 2010, 11:50:42 AM by ryan111 »
http://www.appliance-repair-it.com/
Where everyone can repair it!

Offline regnursepm99

  • VIP Member
  • Member Since: Nov 2008
  • Posts: 49
  • Country: 00
Re: Electrical burning smell coming from my fridge
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2010, 11:55:58 AM »
So I bought a new relay.  It comes only in a kit.  Now what the heck do I do with it.  I've determined which switch I need but there's a "extra" that goes with it.  Do I have to take the actual relay apart?  PLEASE help me.  I have directions but they aren't very clear.

Offline jumptrout51

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Nov 2007
  • Posts: 1879
  • Country: us
    • Buy me a beer through paypal
Re: Electrical burning smell coming from my fridge
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2010, 12:38:31 PM »
Post a pic of the new relay.
Take a Kid fishing.

Offline ryan111

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Aug 2010
  • Posts: 196
    • Appliance-repair-it.com
Re: Electrical burning smell coming from my fridge
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2010, 01:31:54 PM »
On this replacement part the overload and the relay are separate as opposed to your old one that was made together. The overload is the white switch with one hole and the relay is the black/brown switch with two holes. On the compressor the three terminals are in sort of a triangle, the overload (white) switch goes on the single (peak of the triangle) terminal first. Then the relay goes on the other two terminals. One of your wires connects to the overload and the other connects to the relay. The kit also comes with a cover that should have a slot for the wires and it should clip in place over the relay and overload.   


You will still have two overload/ relay combination switches left but these are for models with a single plug and I see from the pics yours has two separate wires. You will find there is nowhere to plug your wires on those other two switches.

So what I believe you are going to use is one small black relay, one small overload and the cover. The rest is not used on your model.

This is if this is the kit you got, part # 8201786

 
« Last Edit: December 01, 2010, 01:33:49 PM by ryan111 »
http://www.appliance-repair-it.com/
Where everyone can repair it!

Offline JWWebster

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Jan 2008
  • Posts: 8780
  • Country: us
  • SublimeMasterJW
    • Buy me a beer through paypal
    • JW's Sublime Appliance Advice
Re: Electrical burning smell coming from my fridge
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2010, 02:07:44 PM »
One hot wire goes through the white overload and the other hot wire goes to the run and start pins. Install the white part first and slide the black part next. Notice the relay holds the overload in place nicely. The overload feeds all the windings and the relay does too but the relay drops half the windings out when the motor gets up to speed. One side of the relay has 2 terminals where you can add a small capacitor to the mix if you have to have one.The other side of the relay is where you connect your power wire.
May the hinges of our friendship
        never grow rusty.

About the icons: The beer is tip link, if a tech saves ya some money buy em a 6 pack. The small green square=personal message. The green dot is a link to my web page on appliance repair and other general BS I love to post. The letter sends me email.
I love fan letters! LOL

Offline regnursepm99

  • VIP Member
  • Member Since: Nov 2008
  • Posts: 49
  • Country: 00
Re: Electrical burning smell coming from my fridge
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2010, 02:42:25 PM »
I wish I would have seen this prior to calling the repair man.  It was the hardest call to make as I am used to fixing things myself.  My fridge plugs were not compatible with the new switch (hence my frustration).  He was here for literally 7 minutes and didn't use my new kit.  His new relay had no movable parts on it and looked different but work like a charm.  Repair cost was only $130.  thanks so much for your help

Offline JWWebster

  • Technician
  • Member Since: Jan 2008
  • Posts: 8780
  • Country: us
  • SublimeMasterJW
    • Buy me a beer through paypal
    • JW's Sublime Appliance Advice
Re: Electrical burning smell coming from my fridge
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2010, 04:31:05 PM »
Tha'ts a good call. If you are unsure what to do sometimes you gotta punt. Glad you could get it fixed.
May the hinges of our friendship
        never grow rusty.

About the icons: The beer is tip link, if a tech saves ya some money buy em a 6 pack. The small green square=personal message. The green dot is a link to my web page on appliance repair and other general BS I love to post. The letter sends me email.
I love fan letters! LOL

 

Electrical Burning Smell and crackling sound

Started by car4jay

Replies: 7
Views: 3932
Last post December 16, 2010, 08:28:00 PM
by car4jay
Kenmore freezer door left open - burning motor smell - 253.21041100

Started by Tootie

Replies: 9
Views: 2445
Last post June 01, 2012, 11:08:14 AM
by Bailey
Smell In Fridge

Started by app1

Replies: 1
Views: 634
Last post April 03, 2012, 08:58:12 PM
by JWWebster
Frigidaire S x S Refrigerator/Freezer smells like burning and fridge not cold

Started by cecil_23_100

Replies: 1
Views: 1145
Last post August 13, 2013, 09:27:35 PM
by ontimeappliance
Burning smell from refrigerator. Need help!

Started by Sugarfly

Replies: 6
Views: 1532
Last post September 22, 2013, 06:47:05 PM
by Sugarfly
Repair Guide: Whirlpool Refrigerator - Water in bottom of fridge under drawers.

Started by AJ

Replies: 3
Views: 84441
Last post July 08, 2007, 12:04:06 PM
by curtis