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Used wrong water filter. Now that we replaced with correct filter, there is a horrible odor in the refrigerator.


Hello Mary;

My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

Putting in the wrong water filter will not effect the smell in your refrigerator. At times the granules in a water filter will break down and get into your water dispenser and ice cube tray. This should not create a bad smell, just cloudy water.

Your plastic liner in your refrigerator has pores and holds odor. You have something in your fresh food section or freezer that is spoiled. Your fresh food section receives cooling air from your freezer. If you have a spoiled product in your freezer you will not smell it because it is frozen. But, as the cooling air goes into your fresh food section and cools down you will smell it.

Find the bad product in your freezer and discard.

With a 50% solution of white vinegar and water wash the plastic liner.

Now you can put a tray of baking soda in your unit, until you purchase deodorizers based on temperature requirements, one especially designed for the freezer section and one for fresh food section. These deodorizer are about $12.00 each.

Try Lowe's and Home depot.

May 11, 2015 | Samsung RF31FMEDBSR Stainless Steel 31 cu....

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What is the odd chemical smell my freezer fan is blowing?


If the fan wont stop then it could be the motor on the unit that is overheating. The other thing would be the defrost coil.

Nov 20, 2014 | Freezers

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Bad smell from fridge (not mouldy food)?


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.

Mar 25, 2014 | Freezers

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Very bad smell coming from my Samsung refrigerator


most refrigerators have a small drainage hole leading from the inside rear of the compartment to an overflow container behind the unit, pull the unit away from the wall and check if the liquid in the container has become stagnant, if so simply clean it out and run a small amount of bleach down the hole to disinfect the tube.
hope this helps.

Nov 11, 2013 | Samsung RS261MDWP - 26 cu. ft. Side by...

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Son punched new samsung fridge door ,son gone, now I need a new door


Call the mfr. and see if they have one available. Then try looking for one on eBay. Next try to see if someone is trying to sell one .

Mar 06, 2013 | Samsung RF217ACPN - 20 cu. ft. French Door...

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Refrigerator, freezer works but not the fridge stays at 10 c


Remove the housing that covers the evaporator inside the fresh food section and remove any ice or sludge that may be blocking the defrost drain below that evaporator. Insure no ice or water is touching the defrost sensor for that section. This is a common problem that Samsung has with it's dual evaporator refrigerators. With that drain blocked the problem will only become worse.Thanks Sea Breeze

Feb 10, 2013 | Samsung RF197ACRS 18 cu. ft. French Door...

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What are the instructions for defrosting my upright frigidaire freezer and restarting and replacing frozen foods?


well when i used to have to climb into super market freezers and defrost we used water from the tap it doesn't have to be hot so i would take freezer outside to do this as it might not be drained and if it does have a drain it would only take a minute amount of water which an element would heat up and burn off so empty freezer take outside wash out with water till all gone and to get rid of any smells was out with vanilla essence all fridgies i know and myself used this as it will clean out fridge smells, you then replace freezer back once all water has dried off especially electrical try not to get wet but if you can't help it, it won't matter just let dry or blow out with air compressor then replace freezer back to where come from run freezer for a while till temperature drops below zero then start to restock the more you put in it the longer it'll take to freeze, so just do little by little hopefully this has helped but its usually the only way to do this

Nov 22, 2010 | Frigidaire Freezer Refrigeration White...

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I HAVE A WOODS UPRIGHT FREEZER MODEL # F20NAC,THE DOOR SEAL HAS GONE BAD,IT IS AROUND 5 YRS OLD ,WHERE CAN I PURCHASE A NEW ONE,MY FOOD IS STARTING TO THAW ON DOOR SHELVES


Call your nearest refrigeration company.They can order it from a company called Case,Even if it is not available as a woods part.Case can make you one if they know the size and the configuration

Sep 14, 2010 | Freezers

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I have a kenmore top mount refrigerator built in 1999, I have notice the freezer is not freezing the food and the refrigerator is not as cold as it use to be, also there is frost build up on the back of...


This is a defrost problem. The cost will depend on the exact problem. It could be the heater burned out, or the terminator is out, or even the defrost timer has gone bad. The heater is the most expensive part, then the timer, and the terminator the cheapest part. It will cost you whatever the initial service call is, plus the price of the parts. I do not know what people charge in your area. My service is $55 plus parts.

Jan 06, 2010 | Kenmore Freezers

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Gassy smell in upright freezer


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.
If your refrigerator did in fact have a leak it wouldn’t be working, due to such a small amount of refrigerant present. ( typically about 5 ounces )
So, your gassy smell is likely from something else. I find this happens most often when potatoes or carrots are stored for long periods of time in the refrigerator, usually in the crispers. When starchy vegetables wilt ( get smaller with age ) they give off a gas. The smell eventually comes not from the starch, but from the bacteria that starts growing on it. All this happens on a microscopic level so you won't see anything. good luck

Dec 13, 2008 | Freezers

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ca. 2010 GE fridge with Samsung ice maker. I have to hold the reset on the icemaker every few days to keep making ice or it quits. What's the fix? When it works, there's a loud popping every 3 seconds for about 2 minutes, then a few minutes later ice harvests into the bin. With my hand against the outside of the fridge next to the icemaker, I can literally feel each pop. I originally thought it was the ice release heater failing that caused cubes to pop loose hard, but I couldn't find anything wrong electronically when I took things apart and examined the board and connections in the icemaker. I may have missed something mechanically that's causing some part to flex and then suddenly give against the wall inside every 3 secs as the clock cycles through the beginning of a harvest? What might that be? But after reassembly it now has the added feature of harvesting a few times and then stopping altogether. We run flat out of ice if I forget to press and hold the reset button for 10 secs. every few days. Apparently the clock is cycling incompletely or something now. Could a cog be missing/broken/out of alignment in the clockworks, such that when it gets so far along it slips, but can be reset? How about the lift arm? Could it be out of position inside such that something it's connected to isn't properly repositioning when the arm drops back down? Or could all of this be related to a faulty control board elsewhere in the fridge?

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