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My freezer seems to be blowing smelly air. Result: Smelly food.

I first noticed the problem when my ice started to taste really bad. I thought it might be my water filter so I changed that but it didn't fix the problem. I then thought maybe something in the freezer was bad. I then took everything out and cleaned the freezer from top to bottom. I thought that was going to do the trick but when I turned the freezer on again I can smell that the air coming from the back is not fresh.

Next, I removed some of the screws that hold the back panel on and tried to see if anything was around the coils. There was nothing that I could see.

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abhishek33
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SOURCE: After cleaning coils and in back of fridge, it appears that the defrost keeps cycling every 5 minutes

hi
Step 1:
 If the compressor runs all the time, turn the control knob to the OFF position. If the compressor still runs, unplug the unit, then pull off the control knob and remove the screws holding the thermostat in place. Pull out the thermostat and remove either the red or the blue wire from its terminal. Plug in the unit. If the compressor doesn't run, the thermostat is faulty. Replace it with a new thermostat.

Step 2: 
If the compressor runs after the wire is removed from its terminal, there is probably a short circuit somewhere in the unit's wiring. In this case, don't try to fix the problem yourself; call a professional service person.

Step 3: 
If the refrigerator or freezer runs but the box doesn't cool, unplug the unit and remove the thermostat with a screwdriver. Disconnect both wires from the thermostat. Tape the ends of the wires together with electrical tape, and plug in the appliance. If the refrigerator starts and runs normally, the thermostat is faulty. Replace it with a new one of the same type. Connect the new thermostat the same way the old one was connected.

Step 4: 
If the freezer compartment is normal but the refrigerator box doesn't cool, set the dials that control both compartments to mid-range. Remove these knobs (they're usually friction-fit). Then unscrew the temperature control housing; you'll see an air duct near the control. Replace the knob on the freezer thermostat and turn the control to the OFF position. Open the refrigerator door and look closely at the air duct. If this duct doesn't open wider in about ten minutes, the control is faulty. Replace the control with a new one of the same type. Connect the new control the same way the old one was connected.

Posted on Oct 10, 2008

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SOURCE: the back of bottom freezer is iced up and the top is not cooling

you have a defrost problem. the heater is not energized and ice accumulates. if you have an volt/ohm meter i would start by ohming out the heaters. this is normally the issue

Posted on May 17, 2009

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SOURCE: freezer foods thawed, still cold

thermostat problem exists in your freezer so replace it

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

davidpsr
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SOURCE: Top refrigerator warm bottom is ice cold.

An automatic defrost time turns the defrost cycle on and off every 24 hours. If problem continues, problem is most likely defective defrost timer.

Even electronically controlled units often have electro-mechanical timers for defrost cycle.

Posted on Jun 15, 2010

toolkits
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SOURCE: bad smell from motor

Hello,

You need to remove any spoiled food from the refrigerator and clean the interiors with hot water added with baking soda. You need to clean the door seals and remove the breaker strips. Also check for unusual wet insulation.
Hope this work

Posted on Jul 28, 2010

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Hello margrek
Welcome,

YOU SAID, YOU HAVE KENMORE ELITE BOTTOM FREEZER WITH ICE MAKER THE ICE CUBES SMELL HORRIBLE ALWAYS, I EVEN TOSS THEM OUT EVERY FEW DAYS, STILL SAME PROBLEM


Ice has bad odor and taste.

1• Ice has picked up odor or
flavor from strong food stored
in refrigerator or freezer.
2• Water running to ice maker
has poor taste or odor.
3• Ice not used frequently enough.
4• Cover foods tightly. Discard stale ice. Ice maker will
produce fresh supply.
5• Add filter to water supply line. Consult a water purifying
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7• Discard stale ice.

Huuum
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Hello redwood City
Welcome

You said,
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Let me know what works,
Thank You ,
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