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Not Cooling and has burning smell

My unit is just 4 years old and two days ago I started smelling and electrical burning odor. I also heard a relay clicking sound at the time. Over the next 24 hours the freezer thawed out and by the next day the refrigerator side also quit. The burning smell has subsided but the clicking still occurs when the unit starts up and only runs about 10 to 12 seconds then stops again. I unplugged and emtied the unit and checked for obvious problems and can't see any at this time. There isn't much lint anywhere in the unit and the vents inside seem to be clear.There was never any ice build up or problems until the burning smell. We did have a power outage earlier that day for about 1 minute and that was the only odd thing to happen. The unit has been in the same spot for 4 years. Thank you for your help.

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Re: Not Cooling and has burning smell

If you are looking for help, one must explain the problem in detail, described properly, for one one the internet to review. For myself, a would require more details of your refrig, to properly explain a resolution. Otherwise a general answer is not worth much. If you have the fully electronic temperature controlled unit, then the components can be easily chedked in 5 minutes, by the on-board service diagnostic computer. One needs to know the general operating knowledge fo the refrig, which is naturally available, since you operated it for some years. Anyway, a layman can check it out by doing what is natural. Since the refrig defrosted, it has shut down. Four years is too short for genral compressor defects. Put the power plug in and check for operating sounds. Just a few seconds. You mentioned smell (outside or inside), ket a paper tube, like a paper towel center, and sniff the evaporator motor, then the condenser motor. I will recheck later, and see if you want to continue, this troubleshooting. Regards fmauka

Posted on Sep 22, 2007

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