Odor in refrigerator caused by defrosted meats in freezer which sat for 3 weeks
Accidently shut circuit breaker off to refrigerator in summer house causing all the product to defrost and sit for three weeks.
All product was disposed of and the refrigerator was cleaned thoroughly several times over a course of two days with bleach, lemon juice and baking soda.
All the shelving and any parts in the freezer that could have been removed and washed were in fact washe thoroughly. There were no visual areas that were not cleaned.
The back of the refrigerator was also cleaned including the drain pan and anything that was leading to it.
The awful smell still remains.
Any thoughts or solutions that I should use before I discard the refrigerator?
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Here's what I would do: take it outside, if it's not already, open the doors, spray the entire interior with oven cleaner and allow it to dry. Then I would hose out the oven cleaner, it should take remaining matter and the stink with it.
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Is the compressor running? If not - the timer could be stuck in defrost mode. If it is ruinning, then the freezer coil should be cold. If it is choked with frost & ice - then the defrost heater isn't getting powered (bad timer or defrost terminator - or is getting powered but has burned out.
You should allow the ice and frost to melt completely before turning back on again. Typically ice and frost don't build up so bad in a few days time to cause the temperature rise you're describing If getting cold - the compressor and refrigerant is likely OK, if not the defrost circuit is suspect. If compressor running but not getting cold - a refrigerant leak / charge level may be causing the problem.
Depending on what is causing the breaker to blow will be important to know. Refrigerators do draw a good bit of power on a 20 amp circuit especially when the refrigerator goes into defrost. Refrigerators are made to run on a 20 amp circuit without other machines or appliances using the same power circuit. Circuit breakers weaken over time too especially if they have more than they are. rated for plugged into the same circuit. And your circuit may be doing its job by detecting an excessive draw of power when the refrigerator is plugged in. You must have someone that knows electricity to inspect your refrigerator for shorting and the circuit it is plugged to for correct wiring for every ones safety. Thanks, Sea Breeze
Unlikely area for the smell to come from since with the unit off, there is no action in this area. Most likely cause of your smell: Residue in drain pan of freezer evap area. Remove panel in back of freezer section while unit is unplugged and clean drain and surrounding areas. Use a high concentration of bleach water and let unit air out completely after this. At some point in time, meat or related substance in your ref/freezer leaked and odor is caused by this as the unit was thawed. Use the product ICE AIDE, available at sears or by an A&E tech to continue to freshen your unit for 6 months. IF meat or some sort of undesirable juice dripped into the ice or door water dispenser, you can take this apart and clean as needed following your parts breakdown at www.searspartsdirect.com after you enter your model number off of the appliance. Make sure you work with an unpowered appliance.
DOES IT BLOW THE BRAKER AS SOON AS IT TURNS ON OR DOES IT TAKE A FEW SECONDS. INSTANTLY WOULD MORE LIKELY BE A SHORT IF FEW SECONDS THE COMPRESSOR IS PROBABLY DRAWING MORE AMPS THAN THE BREAKER CAN HANDLE SO IT BLOWS. TRY TAPPING THE COMPRESSOR NEXT TIME YOU ATTEMPT A HOUSE CURRENT START UP. i HAVE A WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER THAT NEEDS TAPPED FOR STARTUP FOR THE SUMMER SEASON. GOOD LUCK