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GE PSS26SGRB SS, fridge left open accidentally overnight, burning smell in fridge

GE PSS26SGRB Side by side Burning smell in fridge Left open overnight

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#1 weosys

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Posted Yesterday, 07:30 PM

Wise men of appliances, please help.

 

Last night my wife or I left the fridge door open overnight. There was much speculation as to who was responsible. My wife has assured me that is of no concern at this time, and this should remain a mystery.

 

The facts:

 

The fridge was accessed at 2:30 am, freezer temp 0 degrees, fridge temp 36 degrees, no odd smells, and all light bulbs working

The fridge door was left open between 2:30 am - 3:00 am.

The open fridge was discovered at 8:00 am. freezer temp -10 degrees, fridge temp 61 degrees, burning smell in fridge, and one or more light bulbs not working. Closed door at this time.

9:00 am, no change in temps, burning smell, or light bulbs. Unplugged power, emptied fridge and freezer, and left doors open. Then left for the day.

 

I don't know the source of the burning smell. I don't want to cause any further damage than what may already be done. How should I proceed before reconnecting power? What should I inspect or test?

 

Sincerely,

Humble Grasshoppah

 

 



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#2 Wingerman

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Posted Yesterday, 08:35 PM

To begin with 1) Check the board for burns.  2) The compressor, relay, and overload need to be checked, as they got a heck of a workout.  3) Fans running non-stop to keep up could have taken out the motor(s) and board, hence the smell.


Edited by Wingerman, Yesterday, 08:39 PM.


#3 DurhamAppliance

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Posted Yesterday, 08:46 PM

Burning smell in fridge.... do you mean fresh food side or freezer side. If by fridge, you mean the odor is coming from fresh food side, then more than likely a light bulb burning against a lens.

Unless you have a bad condenser fan motor, clogged condenser or bad start device , there should be no damage to your compressor. Those ge compressors are designed to run 80 to 90 percent of the time anyway.

Edited by DurhamAppliance, Yesterday, 08:54 PM.

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