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Whirlpool GC5SHEXN Side by Side Refrigerator burning smell

We just moved and last night we tried plugging in the fridge. it gave a burning smell. my husband quickly disconnected it. we have not tried to connect it after that for fear of causing more damage

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Re: Whirlpool GC5SHEXN Side by Side Refrigerator burning...

How long had it been plugged in when you started to smell the burn. What kind of burn do you smell, is it an electrical burning smell or a smoldering dust burning smell.

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Thanks for all your help. My relay was bad and I was able to get one delivered to my house for $34. That is way less than a new fridge. Your directions were idiot proof and I was able to find the relay and pull it off within a minute. Thank you so much.

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