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Bottom of refrigerator sudenly emit a burning smell near compressor. remove dust. clicking sound on off at short intervals. compressor running on off. smell seem to die down. what's the problem. my rf is whirlpool side by side model# ED5VHGXMQ00

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Relay burned up. Replace it. Compressor will not run until you do so, so unplug ref. I cannot see your reply due to some tech issue w/ the site, so it may be a day or so before I can reply again. Please leave feedback for me if appropriate. Thanks

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