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Fridge has a burning smell

About a week ago my fridge had a smell like burning rubber coming from it. We ordered a fan, replaced the fan, and it still smells like burning rubber. What else could it be?

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  • Ken Bennett Nov 27, 2012

    Thanks for your reply... however, my problem was with a dishwasher... don't know how 'refrigerator' popped up but thanks for your response anyway!

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Are the coils clean by the compressor?

Posted on Nov 26, 2012

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  • Stacy Dickinson Nov 27, 2012

    When I open my freezer (its a side by side) the coils are clean

  • Stacy Dickinson Nov 27, 2012

    When we open our freezer (its a side by side) the coils in there are clean

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 27, 2012

    NO, the coils on the back down by the compressor.

  • Stacy Dickinson Nov 27, 2012

    They would be behind the compresser and almost on the ground right?

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 27, 2012

    yes

  • Stacy Dickinson Nov 27, 2012

    ok dont go far, i"ll be back. my dad is vacuuming them out right now. Other than the horrible smell our fridge still works

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 27, 2012

    OK, if I'm not right here you can get me thru the contact form on my website athttp://appliancecafe.com

  • Stacy Dickinson Nov 27, 2012

    Ok Vacummed it as best we could... still smells, maybe not as bad as before, but still smells

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 27, 2012

    Does it seem like the smell is coming from the compressor area?

  • Stacy Dickinson Nov 27, 2012

    yes.

  • Stacy Dickinson Nov 27, 2012

    We replaced the motor evap fan, which was not the problem

  • Stacy Dickinson Nov 27, 2012

    So do you think its the compressor, or the motor condenser fan maybe?

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 27, 2012

    Is the compressor to hot to touch?

  • Stacy Dickinson Nov 27, 2012

    no its barely warm

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 27, 2012

    OK, I would replace the relay. It is more than likely coming from there. Here is the relay to order.http://bit.ly/UoCtGU

  • Stacy Dickinson Nov 27, 2012

    Where is the relay located?

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 27, 2012

    It is located on the compressor. The wires plug into it.

  • Stacy Dickinson Nov 27, 2012

    it says it is number 30 on the diagram with the order form you sent me. Is number 30 universal? Because of the part does not look like the picture of ours on our diagram

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 27, 2012

    Is the correct model number FRS23R4A?

  • Stacy Dickinson Nov 27, 2012

    FRS20ZRG

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 27, 2012

    OK, here is the relay for that model.http://bit.ly/UoEB1c This is the correcdt relay for that model number. It may look different but the make changes to the parts all the time. It comes with a 365 day, any part, any reason return policy.

  • Stacy Dickinson Nov 27, 2012

    Thank you so much! I will try that and let you know if it works. Thanks for taking so much time out of your day to help me.

  • Richard Roth
    Richard Roth Nov 27, 2012

    No problem, I am here to help. Keep me posted.

  • Stacy Dickinson Dec 02, 2012

    So once we vaccumed the coils and everything from the back of the fridge the smell went away and we didnt need to buy anything to fix it.

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SOURCE: Very Strong Odor When Refrigerator Runs

Without looking at your fridge I would say the strong rubber smell is the heater element has dust on it or the heater contactor is closed and the heaters are staying on. Either way it would be good to get it checked out. I cannot think of anything else that would make a rubber burning smell.

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SOURCE: My fridge smells terrible and I've clean out

You got some thing in the insulation...its done

Posted on Aug 19, 2009

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