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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!!!!

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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.
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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.

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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

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

 

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