Guys, we were hit with Hurricane Irene and lost power for a few days. I borrowed a generator to keep the fridge going, but upon plugging it in, my fridge immediately made a clicking sound and had the smell of burnt electrical coming from inside. Now that power came back and I plugged it back into the house wiring, the lights still come on, the coil fan is spinning and the compressor is warm to the touch. There is no frost on the coils. The fridge does cool slightly, but no where near what it should be...maybe 50 degrees at the most, the freezer side is cold at the bottom, but no where near cold enough to make ice. I thought the compressor start relay may be bad, but it does not rattle when shook. Any ideas? Is it shot? Though this is really nice fridge, it is almost a 10 years old, I dont want to spend big bucks to fix it.
We've had a couple members put their refrigerators on a generator since Hurricane Irene and they are experiancing the same issue, its best not to put refrigerators on generators, but just get about 20 pounds of dry ice before the Hurricane comes and that will keep it cold for about 5-7 days.
Well, it seems like the fridge is cooling, but the air is just not circulating thru the freezer or fridge side. Its cool at the bottoms of both compartments. Ill pull the inside panel off and see whats going on inside. Seems like a bad circulating fan or something? Is there a control board for this piece? I wish I had the advice earlier regarding fridges not being used on generators, here I thought I was being smart...