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Foul rotting vegetable type odor in top of Kenmore refrigerator

There is a foul odor accumulating in the top area of the Kenmore refrigerator & freezer -actually seems worse in freezer area - it's a newer model.  There is no food in fridge to account for this.  Ice maker has stopped working, but that doesn't seem to be a reason for this terrible cooked broccoli odor, though that's the area that's worst -

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  • yodelcat Oct 29, 2007

    Thanks so much -

  • Mamafaye Jan 09, 2009

    Rotting foul odor is coming from the freezer compartment of my Kenmore refigerator. I can smell it all over the house. With the doors closed, the strongest odor seems to come from the bottom of the freezer on the hinged side of the door.

  • Mamafaye May 11, 2010

    Just wanted to add that the ice maker is working and all the food in the freezer is frozen.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    Noisey damper motor operatio in fridge area.



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If the icemaker motor or heater short out it will cause a foul odor. I have never heard it described as cooked broccoli, but it can be pretty bad. Remove the icemaker and inspect the bottom of it where the heater element is and remove the white cover of the motor and look in there. You can take the three screws out of the motor module and see if anything is burned on it.
If you can rule out the icemaker, the next things to check would be the evaporator fan motor and defrost heater. Generally, if a fan motor starts causing an odor it will stop running completely and if a defrost heater goes out it will quit defrosting. It is possible, but unlikely, that something has gotten into the evaporator area and is sitting on the defrost heater so that it is "cooking" during the defrost cycle.
Check the icemaker first, it is the most likely cause of the odor. Post back with complete model number if you need further assistance and we will go through checking everything else.

Posted on Oct 24, 2007

  • Michael  Lindley
    Michael Lindley Oct 25, 2007

    Just wanted to follow up on your refrigerator problem and see what you found out.




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