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Bad smell from fridge (not mouldy food)?

There is a horrible smell in our kitchen which seems to be worse when the fridge door is open The fridge is 13 years old. I have thoroughly checked and cleaned the fridge and there is definately no mouldly or sour food in fridge. Could there be a leak somewhere and is it dangerous?

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There is no danger if there is a leak, but the refrigerator will quit cooling. I suspect perhaps you have a dead something underneath or behind the refrigerator. I hope this helps... but I also suspect you have cleared the problem by now.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014

Testimonial: "Thanks for tip. I have searched under fridge and there is nothing dead or suspicious (thankfully!) I have'nt looked at back as it is a built in appliance. The fridge is working ok apart from some ice build ups in freezer and water leaks in fridge part from time to time, but it is old. Should I replace it?"

  • downhille Mar 25, 2014

    I, personally, would keep it as long as it does it's job. If is a frost free unit, it may have a defrost problem. If it is not frost free, ice buildup is normal. I'm not certain what the water leak might be, but that could be the source of your smell... if it's leaking from some cavity in the fridge box. Thank you for the testimonial. I really like to help, and I hope I have been of some.

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There could be a leak inside the fridge that may cause mold and thats the smell. Yes its dangerous when dealing with mold. Have a fridge repair man check it. Or if its a 13 year old fridge it may be best buying a new one. Or it could be a dead rat under the fridge. When u open the fridge door the air flow kicks up the smell straight to your nose. That's what happen to me years back. Thought it was the fridge but is was a dead rat.

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    Colette Cassidy Mar 25, 2014

    Thanks, feel faint at the thought of finding dead rat, but will replace fridge and hope for best! thanks again, C..

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Is this a refrigerator in a household or an RV?
The reason I ask is that RV refrigerators use ammonia, which you can smell. If you read the article you probably read that Freon does not have an odor, in extreme cases you can smell burnt refrigeration oil when a system with a large leak has been left running, but by then the unit wouldn't be working.
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I looked at the BACK at the bottom underneath of my Sears Kenmore frost free upright freezer and what was causing the ice buildup was very simple. At the factory, the assembler looped the little hose too high and when the water went into the hose it could not get out due to being too high in one spot! An ice dam will form, blocking ALL water coming through
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Please check the fallowing:
-Loose flooring or floor not firm.
- Cabinet not level.
- Tubing in contact with cabinet, other tubing or other metal.
- Drip tray vibrating.
- Fan hitting another part or worn fan motor bearings. Unplug the unit and rotate fan manually by your finger.
- Compressor mounting grommets worn or missing; mounting hardware loose or missing.
- Free or loose parts causing or allowing noise during operation
- Check compressor it may contact with tubing or other parts.
- Check the body of your unit is not touching the wall or other object

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Put Charcole brickets in the refrigerator. Charcole works better than baking soda and usually take care of the smell.

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