Now both fridge and freezer are 68. All food was a loss and even though I cleaned the interior (removing all shelving) it still smells aweful. The smell is coming from the vent blowing into the freezer(I think)... maybe the fridge too. I turned the whole thing off to clean...but after only 5 days it stopped working again and is starting to smell worse again. And, again, the express thaw (3.0lbs) light is stuck on.
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Re: My express thaw won't turn off
You have a bad main control board problem . Stuff a shelf in the refrigerator section with crumpled up newspaper and leave running ( the ink in the paper absorbes odor . Takes several days to eliminate .
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please check the way you installed shelves and the way food is stored. Remove food and shelf and reassemble. It should fix your problem.
Make sure the fridge level so front is raised so doors swings close after you had open them
Many residential refrigerator / freezers are designed to work at temperature considerably above above freezing. Most modern refrigerator / freezer have a single electric thermostat - located in the fresh food compartment. This lone thermostat will control the compressor to keep the fridge (fresh food) section at the desired temperature (usually between 34 - 38 degrees F). The freezer will get colder regardless of how cold it is already whenever the fridge thermostat turns the compressor on.
Now that you see how the thermostat works, let's look at what happens when the fridge is placed in an unheated space - like a garage. In winter time, the temperature can drop considerably below 38 degrees. If the outdoor temperature remains cold enough, for long enough - it will affect the thermostat in the fridge. The temperature inside the fridge could drop below 38 degrees, preventing the thermostat from telling the compressor to turn on. Meanwhile, the temperature in the freezer compartment slowly rises from the normal -10 to 0 F degrees. It will continue to rise until it is the same temperature as the fresh food compartment or until the thermostat in the fresh food compartment tells the compressor to turn on again. This means the freezer contents will thaw.
If the temperature in the garage is even in the 40 to 50 degree range, the loss of cold in the fridge may not happen often enough to keep the compressor coming on often enough to keep some freezer items frozen solid - such as ice cream. Remember, water freezes at 32 degrees F, other products may require lower temperatures to remain frozen, and could thaw at 28 or other temperature.
Turn off or unplug the refrigerator. Open the freezer. Remove the food. Remove the back panel inside the freezer. Thaw the ice and clean out the defrost drain hole. Re-assemble the freezer parts and turn it back on.
Hi, pull out the fridge and remove the back panel, and clean that area. Make sure no food is stuck under the fridge also. A rotten piece of fruit or other food, once under there, will smell until it totally decomposes.
You can also mix 1/3 cup of bleach and 2/3 cup of water , and pour down drain tube (rear bottom in freezer section. Too much bleach and the smell of bleach would be circulated by the fan to the room, so be sure to add water.
Finally, another popular methods of removing fridge odor include washing the entire fridge out with a vinegar and water solution, placing fresh coffee grinds or boxes of baking soda on each shelf and even using trays of cat litter.
There is no filter that can be changed to remove this problem. You can however purchase products that can deodorize a fridge. The linked article explains how to make your own or use a store bought one.
Typically the fridge gets its cool air from the freezer via a vent. There is likely something blocking that vent like ice. Move your food to a cooler and turn off the fridge long enough for the ice to thaw (12-24 hours).
If this does not resolve the problem then dismantling of the vents for cleaning will be required.
Please note when you keep fish in freezer once, the smell will be longer even you remove it. O.K. Now solution for your problem- Please unplug power.Keep fridge door open. Take wet cloth dipped in soap water and clean all compartment including freezer . Keep freezer door also opened.Then clean with dry cloth. Spray room spray in your room not into the fridge. And allow 5 hrs to circulate fresh air to pass thr' your fridge and then close fridge and freezer doors. Plug fridge and run for one hour on empty. After one hour store items in fridge and/or freezer. Keep all food items in closed style which will avoid odor spreading and also be a hygienic. Thanks.
Sounds like you have a defrost issue. Hence your unit is not defrosting. All of this apply's if your freezer side has ice . If not. you have other issues, this does sound funny, but this is why your refrigerator side is warm, or not cooling.
Here is a list of some things that can go wrong. 1. Defective heat coil 2. Defective defrost timer 3. Defective defrost sensor 4. Defective Fan 5. Defective compartment inlet damper (on some models)
You should call a service company to resolve your issue.
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