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Odors from gas fridge

Our Explorer fridg is maybe 5 years old. It is in a cabin at 5000' in elevation. When we experienced fumes, we had the gas comapny man out to service it and he ordered the smallest orifice he could get and installed it. Did not correct the problem. He manually made the orifice smaller....stillwe have unpleasent odor. He tells us it's because of the elevation, not enough oxygen, that it burns rich and we have odor. I refuse to believe that we paid over $1500 for a frig that we can't use. It has been unused for the last 2 years. HELP, what else

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  • Carolyn Stout
    Carolyn Stout Sep 05, 2007

    We will give it a try. If it does not solve the problem, would it be okay (saftey) to move the fridge outside on the porch or deck?

    If so, at least the fumes would be outside and when we'd still have our cold storage.

  • Carolyn Stout
    Carolyn Stout Sep 05, 2007

    Thank you Dyllan.



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Unfortunately, your gas man was largely correct. At higher altitudes you need to reduce the gas flow to compensate for the thinner air, and therefore smaller quantity of oxygen. Eventually, you reach a breaking point, where there isn't enough gas to run the appliance. However, it is entirely possible that, while he had the theory right, he was incorrect about not being able to make this work. If it still smells, you need a smaller orifice. Whether the refrigerator will work with a smaller orifice, I don't know. If you really want to give it a try though, make sure that gas line is off and remove the orifice that's on there now. Then take it to another gas repair man (I'm sure you can find one in the phone book) and explain the problem. If he can get a smaller orifice, you're in business. If he can't, it's likely your gas man was right and there's nothing you can do.

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  • John Goodman Sep 05, 2007

    Okay, I'm not a safety expert when it comes to gas lines, so I can't say this authoritatively. However, I think it would be safe. We've already determined that it has a very small nozzle, so it's not leaking a lot of gas. Also, the air is thin, which further decreases the chance of explosion. Having it outside, I would THINK it would dissipate enough to be safe.

    However, I suggest getting a second opinion on that.

  • John Goodman Sep 05, 2007

    You're welcome.

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