Refrigerator burning rubber smell when it tries to turn on
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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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.
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I understand that you are receiving a burning rubber smell from your Frigidaire refrigerator. I would like to ask you some additional questions to better assist you. How long have you been experiencing this smell? Have you noticed any additional symptoms? How often do you smell it? With this additional information I can provide further assistance. I look forward to your response. -Matt
I have a artic and it has a motherboard in it. This is the most common problem.They are easy to replace and you can get one on the internet pretty cheap.First look at the mobo for any burnt spots on it. If so then get the # off the board and search for it.
Hello, Just went through the same thing only with a water leak also. The root of the issue was a computer board which shut down a cooling fan which is supposed to cool the compressor. A repair technician stated the warning signs are a constantly running unit and the center divider between the freezer and refrigerator is hot to the touch. As far as the smell and water leak. The waterline was laying against the compressor which registered at 174 degrees which melted the line and caused the leak. I guess your compressor could just be very hot also. This line was after the valve so the only time it leaked was when the ice maker refills or one dispenses water. Access is easy pull unit out and remove lower panel on rear of unit. fan , compressor and line all visible At first he thought it was just a cooling fan but after further testing found it was a control board. The big problem is this causes a small unnoticeable water leak which over time does a great job at damaging wood floors, etc. Short term fix while waiting for parts is to shut off water and place a small fan pointed at compressor, this did reduce temp of divider and now it doesn't run 24/7. Good Luck
This sounds like it's out of freon. Not just low but out. That clicking noise is a thermal overload shutting down the compressor. If you continue let it just click away it will burn this overload out and the compressor will have to be replaced. If the refrigerator just started doing this suddenly it could be that the compressor is locked up. If it has external capacitors either the start or run capacitor could be bad. If the capacitors are good then you could try a hard start kit to try to unlock the compressor.
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.
try taking the bottom panel off and vacuming all the dust on the coils. The dust may be heating up and burning. The coils are usually at the bottom of the fridge. Check to see if the fan is running also.
Since power outages aren't always polite and absolute, your fridge may have been subjected to low line voltages for an extended time and gee, Whirlpool still hasn't figured out how to protect their product from this kind of damage.
We lost one the same way years ago in CA; we came home after being gone for hours, smelled the fridge, checked the line voltage which was wandering around 25 volts +- ~2 volts.
Enough to burn the compressor windings but not enough to start it.
In that case, the electric company paid for the compressor replacement on our two-year-old Whirlpool.
If you can dig up anyone who was noting the line voltage, maybe you can file a claim with your utility.