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Chemical smell from "outside" refrigerator.

This foul smelling odor is coming from the outside of my refrigerator. It is like a chemical smell. I have removed the drip pan and thoroughly cleaned it and replaced it. The smell is still there. This smell did not occur until I unplugged my refridg. to see why it wasn't cooling. I left it unplugged overnite and started it up again the next day. This is when the odor stared. I had an appliance repair man come out and he replaced the defrosting device that had actually broke in half. The fridg is running fine now, but I have the smell? Can anyone help?

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Is the unit working ok I think tech17 is trying to find out if you have a freon leak inside the unit??

Posted on Jan 27, 2008

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try putting crumpled newspaper in it daily to get rid of the smell, the coolant if leaking should not cause any horrible smell, Freon they use today has very little smell to it. Frost free units have heaters and fans in them to keep them frost free. It could be that a fan quit and the heater overheated something around it."

Let me know if this helps, good luck

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SOURCE: Ice and Refrigerator and Freezer smell like alcohol chemical

All items stored in the refrigerator and freezer should be stored in sealed packaging. Frost free refrigerator operate with a very low humidity and will pick up odors from products. Somewhat of an ozone smell will be in some frozen foods. This is a normal condition. Deodorizing packs are available on the market to absorb odors. Baking soda does the job in most cases.

Posted on May 31, 2008

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I had a problem similar to this as well, ungodly stench coming from under the fridge. I figured "must be the drip pan, easy to fix" totally wrong. I spend the better part of about 10 minutes trying to decide weather or not applying force to remove the from grill would break the damn thing or if it would actually come loose. After tugging like a maniac it did finally come loose. then i looked at the drip pan. It was taped down to the metal under cage. Cut the tape and Viola, came right now....NOT... I spend almost a full hour toying with this pan and the water filter and everything else and here is what i found.

To remove the pan you first need to unbolt the water filter holder and move the metal wire connecting it to the frame off to the side. (be very careful you do not pull the hoses out of the filter or apply too much pressure pulling and pull the hoses loose elsewhere) you then must unbolt the wheel that is in that same area as drip pan and water filter. Remove the wheel completely, (i stuck some magazines under the corner where the wheel was to come out of and it rested right on them.) now push the metal bracket holding the pan in place down until it no longer creates an obstacle and then bend the pan slightly as you pull it out. Don't bend the pan too much or it may crack but it actually slides out when pulled if "creased" in the center. It is a real ***** and there may be an easier way to handle this but this is my solution and the nasty pan in now nice and clean.

As far as spraying bleach in there goes i advise against it, the first thing i noticed when i got the pan out was that is said in big letters "CLEAN WITH WARM WATER ONLY." I though this may be more appropriate as a sticker in a place you can read it rather than on the pan you may not be able to get out :)

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

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put coffeee grains or orange peeles this will take the smell away thanks from gilles

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