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Refrigerator burning rubber smell when it tries to turn on

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I have an old refrigerator. It started to smell like rubber burning and shut off. I turned it off and turned it on the next day. It did not turn on. A fan ran for a while, than the main motor tried to start briefly and shut off. Then the burning rubber smell came out. Any ideas what is wrong?

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  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    refrigerator runs fine but has burning smell whats causing this

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    refrigerator runs ok but has burning smell whats causing this how can i fix it

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Sounds like the relay on the compressors is getting hot and cutting the unit out, if the fridge is quite old it may well be the run windings gone short circuit in the compressor pot. The relay switches from start to run windings so may be firing the start circuit, switching over to a shorted run winding, and then getting hot and activating the thermal cutout and hence the burnig smell, plus the start and rapid shut down of the compressor.

Posted on Mar 19, 2008

  • tony denham Mar 19, 2008

    just another thought, it may be a capacitor that has split and gone short, both causing the compressor to fail to run and the horrid smell. give them an inspection and look for a crack in the case or the end cap blown out.

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