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BAD SMELL FROM OUTSIDE OF REFRIGERATOR

Lost all of my food in the freezer during Hurricane Ike. I believe some popsicles melted and ran down through the vent. There is a strong, sickly sweet smell coming from the outside of the refrigerator. It is not all of the time but when it happens, you can't stand to stay in the kitchen. Is there a way to get to a drip pan or something to fix this problem. HELP!!

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  • deannay127 Dec 11, 2008

    I don't think that would cause this smell. It is too sickly sweet.

  • deannay127 Dec 11, 2008

    The problem is NOT from the inside of the refrigerator. I have cleaned and thrown out everything in the freezer. The smell is coming from the outside.

  • deannay127 Dec 11, 2008

    I don't see that as being very feasible. It seems to me that would take a service individual.

  • deannay127 Dec 11, 2008

    I don't know what a "licking" is and I really don't appreciate the "my dear" comments. You post was of no help.

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We had the same problem and finally found that it happens when the filter needs to be changed. That usually takes care of the problem.

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There is sum short circuit in refrigerator wiring, or in the compressor.
Thanks

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    futureloginn Dec 11, 2008

    ok,

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    futureloginn Dec 11, 2008

    Well try to find the source of the odour - sometimes old things need to be c leaned and cleaned again.Try having a carpet and upholstery company come in and clean your carpets and furniture.
    Wash your floors and bathroom with a sweet smelling dish washing soap. look into the heat vents and clean them out with your vacuum cleaner.
    Open all the windows when cleaning your home.
    clean your drains by pouring three tablespoons of baking soda followed by 1/2 cup of white vinegar.
    After all this you can peel and apple throw the peels into a pot of 2 cups boiling water and 1 teaspoon of cloves and ginger, let it simmer on stove for about 45 mins.
    That will give a natural and pleasant smell to your home.


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    futureloginn Dec 11, 2008

    Nevertheless, before you can get rid of the bad smell, it is important first to clean the affected, smelly surfaces with a clean cloth, some water and some detergent or soap. Then, you can perhaps follow any of the following tips, which work wonders and can effectively help you to get rid of the bad smell. Don't be surprised that most the things that can remove the bad smell can easily be found in your kitchen.1. Charcoal

    Charcoal is on top of my list as it is one of the best absorbent agents that can absorb and soak up the bad odour. Charcoal is also widely used as water filters and in most odour removing commercial products. You can put a medium-sized chunk of charcoal inside your smelly refrigerator for instance, and leave it there for a couple of days. You will notice that it can effectively remove the bad smell.
    2. Baking Soda

    Baking soda is also a good absorbent. Put a generous amount of baking soda in an uncovered container (the size of the container depends on the size of the confined area) and leave it for several days. Remove the baking soda and replace it with new one and leave it for a couple of days. Continue replacing the baking soda until it has cleared the bad smell.
    3. Lemon or Lime Peel

    Just put some lemon or lime peels into an uncovered container and leave them inside the confined area for a couple of days. The citrus smell will naturally replace the bad smell. 
    4. Pandan Leaf (also known as Pandanus or Screwpine)

    It is easy to get pandan leaf in tropical countries as it is widely used in Southeast Asian cooking to add aroma to dishes. Its pleasant aroma also acts as natural air freshener. Just take a few strips of the pandan leaves and tie them into knots. Place the leaves inside the confined space and leave them until the leaves withered or dried up. Replace the leaves regularly until the smell goes away. 
    5. Vanilla Essence 

    Pour several drops of vanilla essence on a couple of cotton wools. Toss the cotton wools inside the confined space such as your wardrobe. Leave them for several days and you will notice that the area smells nice.
    6. Mint Extract 

    If you favor neither the smell of citrus nor vanilla, you can perhaps use mint extract instead. Pour several drops of mint extract on a couple of cotton wools. Toss the cotton wools inside the confined space and leave them for a couple of days.
    7. Fresh Ground Coffee

    Ground coffee has a nice, crisp natural aroma. Just put about a cup of ground coffee in a flat, uncovered container. Place the container inside the confined space for several days. If the bad smell is extremely horrible, put more ground coffee. The area will smell of fresh coffee for many days. 
    8. Tea Bags

    If you don't like coffee, you can use tea bags instead. Just place 2-3 tea bags inside the confined space. The tealeaves in the bags will not only absorb the bad smell but also will release the natural aroma of tea.
    9. Orange and Cloves

    Get an orange and poke it with sharp objects like needle or fork to form small holes. Place each of the cloves inside these small holes until most of the orange surfaces are covered. It may look like a hedgehog with the cloves jutting out of the orange fruit. Leave it in the confined area for a couple of days. The area will smell nice with the said combinations. 
    10. Old Newspaper and Slices of Bread

    Old newspaper and slices of bread also work wonders in absorbing the bad odours particularly inside the refrigerator. Just place some crumpled old newspaper and two slices of bread (uncovered) inside your refrigerator and leave them for two days. Replace them (especially the bread) regularly until the bad smell is removed.

    You can also use the combination of any of the above tips together, to effectively remove bad smell. Try those tips and you will say goodbye to bad smells forever.


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Defrost ur freezer completely clean all the things internally and after u ON ur freezer again keep a handful of baking soda tied in a muslin cloth inside ur freezer for few days so as it absorbs all the unwanted smell.

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Take the front kick gaurd off of the frig and look closely.
Then clean as well as possible under it.
Possibly move it forward.
Also, you can access the back of the frig by moving it forward enough to remove the back lower cover where the compressor and fan are.
can have great success with both vinager or chlorine bleach to eliminate odors and disinfect.
Also use vinager in an open container and also use vinager to wipe down the inside of the frig.
Vinager is totally safe and is a natural disinfectant.

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  • AbdulRahiman S Dec 11, 2008

    It is very common for the "relays" to go out on the compressor. The relays are mounted on the left side of the compressor. You need to find an "Appliance Parts Store" and buy an "RO-41". (this is a relay) it cost no more than 10 bucks. Go home with you new bought relay and pull your refrigerator out from the wall. Don't forget to unplug it! Take off the rectangle card board cover off the bottom of the refrigerator "in back"... More than likely 1/4 nut driver. Now look for the compressor--"The Roundish black thing the size of a basketball". Next, you will see a box looking thing (black, white) mounted on the side of the compressor with 2 wires going to it. Next take it off the side of the compressor. It just pulls straight off! Sometime though it may be held in place by a little clip. Now read the instructions with the RO-41(inside cover). You will end up cutting the old relays off. Take the two wires that went to it and wire them into the relay(follow the instructions w/relay) then other wires on relay plug right into the compressor! AND THATS IT! It sounds hard but aint..


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Not worth trying. wont get rid of smell. buy a new one. contact your ins co. 

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What you would need to do is completely tear the inside of fridge apart and clean everything. If you give me the brand and model, I can get diagrams so you know what goes where

If you have any other questions let me know but this is a simple answer with a task that has no easy way out unless you get someone else to do it.

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    Benjamin Patri Dec 11, 2008

    I meant to tear apart all of the inner components. But what probably happened is then (if the smell is coming from the outside) is that the insulation in the unit has soaked up something and it has probably gotten moldy by now and this fridge is done and you should think about getting a new one as the time sounds right.

    Let me know if you have any other questions. good luck

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Hi
then change your filter. the new filter could be different with the old filter. check the new filter, see if there is odor removal and taste removal with it.

if not then get the filter with carbon filter, odor and taste removal.

then with a new filter, run about 5 gallons of water before using the water for drinking.

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    ABHISHEK.C Dec 11, 2008

    you might ry removeing hte rear panel of freezer. gain access to the evapotator area, thats where the fan thatcirculates air is as well, if the smells stillback there washing the inside wont do anything. once fully exposed i would saturate area with an odor nuetralizer . I use odo-ban. and be sure to pour asolution of baking soda and water downt the drain assy (under the evaperator) that will allow the baking soda to reamin in the lower drip tray long after teh eater evaporates. once refrig gets vcold again the smells generrally disapate anyway


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  • The drain pan under the refrigerator needs to be removed and checked.
  • The fan cover in the freezer section should be removed, check the evaporator coil and defrost drain pan.
  • Check where the drain grommet goes into the drain closely, there could be a void in this area.
  • There is always the possibility that the odor is from a liquid that has gotten inside the liner of the refrigerator.
  • Did you replace any filter recently ? If yes the water trapped in the filter head will stale and develop this type of issue. The problem may be resolved by flushing a gallon or two of water per day through the dispenser. If the problem does not go away, the filter head may need to be replaced. This would require a service technician to install the part.
The alternate solution for removing bad smell

I recommend that you attempt to deodorize the inside of your refrigerator. To do this thoroughly, you will need to empty the refrigerator and freezer completely. Find a place to store your food for at least 24 hours. Continue the process with the following steps:
  • Take out all shelves and accessories that can be removed. Wash these thoroughly with a mild detergent (dishwashing liquid and warm water) and rinse thoroughly. Allow them to air dry completely.
  • Wipe the inside walls of the refrigerator and freezer down completely with a solution of 1 quart warm water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Wipe the walls completely dry.
  • Leave the doors standing wide open. Use a fan to circulate air through the cabinets for several hours to completely dry the inside walls. After several hours, turn the fan off.
  • Replace the shelves in the refrigerator. Place shallow trays of one of the following deodorizers on the shelves of the refrigerator and freezer:
    • Baking soda
    • Activated carbon (used in aquarium filters, can be obtained at a pet store)
    • Cat litter
    • Fresh and unused coffee grounds (this may leave a coffee smell that would dissipate after several days)
  • After 24 hours, plug in the refrigerator and allow it to cool for several hours with the deodorizer still in place. Once cooled to normal operating temperature, remove the trays of deodorizer and put your food back into the refrigerator and freezer.
  • Keep some cereal size bowls of a deodorizer in the freezer and refrigerator cabinets for several days.
If this thorough method of deodorizing the refrigerator does not work, you may have a bacteria buildup on the evaporator coils in your freezer. You could also have mold or mildew in the insulation of the refrigerator.

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Just take out refrigerator from cabinet or what ever it is and clean the area.

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Actually there is a licking on your freezer my dear,, that will store some of the bad smell that can cause bad odor,, it will necessary smell during rainy or wet season cause the moisture can cause fungi!! fungi from the terms of kingdom fungi in biology that will grow in moisture area or in a wet place,,in order to solve this my dear you will need to GENERAL clean you Freezer, because believe it or not there's such thing bacteria that cannot seen in our naked eye, they are microscopic,,additional advise clean it wit HCl "Hydrochloric acid" make sure it is DILUTE to prevent skin contaminant.. regards JAN_yuanjia

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Most refrigerators have a catch basin under the cabinet that is accessible after removal of the trim at the bottom.  This trim grill can have a half-dozen different fasteners on it although most have plastic extensions that are inserted into matching holes in the sheet metal that forms the base of the unit.
Try (gently) lifting the bottom lip of the grill while pulling it outward; if this frees the bottom edge, then angle the grill outward at the bottom and pulling it downward to free the upper edge. On some units there may also be a knob-like section that when turned releases the grill.
You didn't mention brand and model but with these, you should be able to find a downloadable manual on line that would detail how to remove the grill.
Once the grill is out of the way, most catch basins simply are lifted up and pulled out for cleaning and emptying.
To fully rid the fridge of odors, it may be necessary to pour hot (not boiling) water down any drains you see in each compartment several times to flush them.  Obviously, the catch basin should be in place when doing this and they can be quite shallow. 
Good luck- 

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