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Our model is a ED2PHEXMT .. bought 6/2003 Woke up in the nite to terrible plastic burning odor from the frig. Took it out of the house and removed the rear cover this AM ... the "relay"(?) mounted on the side of the compressor shows "burning" .. black soot and the source of the odor. Hope this is a replaceable part ? What are the alternatives ? Thanks for your help !

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  • jsprentall Nov 12, 2010

    Thanks Jack ... I plugged it in only for about 5 seconds ... the circulation fan came on (must be what I was hearing) ..no compressor .. no clicking relay .. zero .... The Whirlpool tech (doesn't work for Whirlpool) is coming over this afternoon with a relay. Cross our fingers ! !
    Again Thanks for your help and the warnings !

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Good day,
Sounds as if the relay burned up, or the compressor shorted out. Yu can remove the relay by unclipping the cover and pulling it off the compressor pins. The part should be available at any appliance parts house selling Whirlpool parts.
However, it could as well be a shorted compressor that burned the relay out. I would suggest you call a professional to service it. They have the equipment to test the compressor.
If the machine is under 5 years of age, leave it alone. The compressor is still under factory warranty.
Call your selling dealer for details on a warranty service call.

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  • jsprentall Nov 12, 2010

    I'm going to plug it in again and see if the compressor starts up or the shorting continues. Anything special to look for when I do this ? Seems the compressor was still running and the "arcing" was intermittent ?
    Thanks !

  • John Hall Nov 12, 2010

    My guess is it may create more damage. At least replace the relay, although only a trained tech can test the compressor properly.

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