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Refridge fridge has not stopped running for two days has an odor while it is running and puts off lots of heat. it is a two door freezer on the side and the outside on the freezer side gets very very hot to the touch

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  • 98765 Jun 07, 2008

    The outside of the fridge is hot the touch. The sides are hot, but not the door.

  • Anonymous Sep 04, 2008

    frig runs 20 minutes on 20 minutes off day, night. have checked seal around edges all is ok .

  • psycholabs Sep 26, 2008

    Same problem, yeah, you can put a fan on the back to make it work for a while. I've done that... I've also replaced the fan, but it still doesn't turn.

    Something else wrong for mine. Probably something expensive...

  • Anonymous Jan 22, 2009

    Fan stopped turning. Fan turns manually-had a guy come out to replace the fan motor-but the motor wouldn't turn the blades.
    I just put a blowing fan directed at the compressor-see if that works. If so, i'll be back :)

  • jock397 Apr 10, 2009

    The conmpressor/s run 23.5 hours per day. Honestly I wake up in the
    night and there they are running away, well not really running away
    because if they were i would be really reallt please. They are loud
    man. So loud.

    I hate this - please make it stop. An engineer
    thas visited 5 times but they have not fixed it - all they do is cash
    in on the warranty that this brand new appliance has. Make it stop.



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The condensor fan motor is bad!! Pretty soon the compressor will be too! Take the back cover off and put a fan blowing on the compressor this will help until the fan is replaced!!! Please!!! A solved rating for this one!! Its dead on

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If you see orange glowing from inside the freezer ant the bottom to the side. Behind the vents. The defrost is stuck on.

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To remove odors:
1. Remove all items from refrigerator or freezer. Throw
out any spoiled foods. Take out removable parts and wash
them and door gasket with mild detergent in warm water.
Rinse well and wipe dry.

2. Wash interior walls and door liner with solution of 1-2
tablespoonsful of baking soda to 1 quart warm water, and
wipe dry. Leave door open and let it air out well, with a
fan directed toward inside, and opened windows if climate

3. If odor still remains, try one or all of the following
means of odor removal.

a. Spread baking soda out on shallow pans (like shallow
glass casseroles, pie plates, or jelly roll pans lined
with foil) and put pans on shelves to absorb odors, or on
the bottom and in baskets of chest freezer. Leave open
and unplugged.

b. Buy activated charcoal (which is specially treated to
remove odor molecules from air) at some department store
housewares sections, appliance store, or pet shop. Spread
out on shallow pans and put on shelves of refrigerator.
Turn refrigerator on low setting and run empty a few days
so odors will be absorbed.

c. Spread cat litter in shallow pan in cabinet, turn on
and run empty a few days. If odor is disappearing but is
not all gone, replace old litter with fresh litter.

d. Pour several ounces imitation vanilla (not pure
extract) in a shallow saucer, put on shelf and let run
empty a few days.

e. Put fresh ground coffee in cereal bowls inside the
refrigerator and let run empty several days. A slight
coffee odor may remain, but will disappear after washing
again with baking soda solution.

f. Pack each refrigerator shelf with crumpled newspaper.
Set a cup of water on the top shelf or sprinkle the
newspaper lightly with water. Allow refrigerator to run
for approximately 5-6 days. This method takes a bit longer
but has been effective in removal of strong odors.

g. Buy a commercial odor remover, and follow instructions
exactly. Several companies manufacture a liquid
concentrate which sells for about $3.00 for 1/4 to 1/2
ounce. A couple drops are put on a piece of cotton and
placed in the area to absorb odors, in the cabinet or
in a room.

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Co., available at hardware and hospital supply stores,
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or special products in grocery, or "Clean-Air" at some
appliance repair shops.

Hospital supply stores carry Dow Chemical Hospital
Disinfectant and Deodorant Spray. Spray into cabinet and
quickly shut the door. Repeat.

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has probably penetrated into insulation. Contact an
appliance service company for an estimate on cost of
removing the liner and replacing the insulation. If cost
is too high you may prefer to get a new appliance. It
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