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Chemical odor... We recenlty moved our side by side refrigerator and now we have a strong odor (kind of like a chemical smell). I have tried everything from scrubbing the unit to using baking soda. It is not a spoiled food smell but something more chemical. Is something wrong with the unit?? Your help or suggestions is greatly appreciated!

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  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2008

    I have a Kenmore SXS model #25351694100. It is about 4 years old and we just had the compressor replaced about 6 weeks ago. Today it started generating a smell like burnt metal from underneath the back of it that my wife describes as being like when her curling iron gets hot and sets for a while. The sticker inside says that it takes R134A. I looked underneath and everything is still clean from the recent repairs and all of the wires looked good and the fan is turning freely. The lines going in and out of the compressor have a layer of frost on them. I had the repair guy come back once already because the frost was building up and creating a puddle in the floor. My main concern is for my two small children. If freon is leaking is it harmful? It is my understanding that freon is heavier than air and the smell has just made it upstairs. I am also concerned that it could cause an electrical fire. I think I will unplug it for the night.

  • Anonymous Feb 20, 2008

    Whirlpoool side by side

    Noticed ice had a chemical taste & odor (sort of like bug spray). We emptied all the ice and cleaned the storage bin. New ice just as bad if not worse. Odor permeates the entire freezer. We have turned off the icemaker.

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2008

    I have a side by side kenmore 363.58552891 and the ice maker is giving off a chemical smell. I dumped all the ice and the same things happened I took the ice bucket out and it has a real chemical smell. It is awful. Not sure if it is freon or if replacing the ice bucket will fix the problem.

  • Anonymous Jul 28, 2008

    Hi. Recently my Whirlpool fridge was moved out so that we could spray for a bug problem we are having. That night I started noticing a bad smell, mostly in the freezer. The bug spray that was used didn't really even have a scent, so I don't think that could be it. I had a repair man in the next day and he replace the fan (saying it was getting ready to go, but hadn't yet). I then throughly cleaned out the freezer and fridge with baking soda and soap. The smell persists, though. I have them scheduled to come back tomorrow, but what could be the cause of the smell? When talking with these repair men it is like they want you to know what the problem is so they don't have to look. Unfortunately I live in a townhouse and can not choose who my management company sends over. Any ideas about what could be causing the smell?

  • poobah88 Oct 11, 2008

    I have same prb w/my Kenmore freezer and I think it's leaking freon. Let me know if that's the prob with yours

  • robert samples May 11, 2010

    its possiable is it kind of an oily chemical smell

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Strong chemical odor. Have replaced condenser fan that wasn't working correctly. It is cooling correctly but food takes on the strong chemical taste.

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    Smells like chemical

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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??

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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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HERE ARE 10 EFFECTIVE WAYS TO REMOVE THE BAD SMELL:

1. CharcoalCharcoal is on top of my list as it is one of the best absorbent agents that can absorb and soak up the bad odour. Charcoal is also widely used as water filters and in most odour removing commercial products. You can put a medium-sized chunk of charcoal inside your smelly refrigerator for instance, and leave it there for a couple of days. You will notice that it can effectively remove the bad smell.
2. Baking SodaBaking soda is also a good absorbent. Put a generous amount of baking soda in an uncovered container (the size of the container depends on the size of the confined area) and leave it for several days. Remove the baking soda and replace it with new one and leave it for a couple of days. Continue replacing the baking soda until it has cleared the bad smell.
3. Lemon or Lime PeelJust put some lemon or lime peels into an uncovered container and leave them inside the confined area for a couple of days. The citrus smell will naturally replace the bad smell.
4. Pandan Leaf (also known as Pandanus or Screwpine)It is easy to get pandan leaf in tropical countries as it is widely used in Southeast Asian cooking to add aroma to dishes. Its pleasant aroma also acts as natural air freshener. Just take a few strips of the pandan leaves and tie them into knots. Place the leaves inside the confined space and leave them until the leaves withered or dried up. Replace the leaves regularly until the smell goes away.
5. Vanilla Essence Pour several drops of vanilla essence on a couple of cotton wools. Toss the cotton wools inside the confined space such as your wardrobe. Leave them for several days and you will notice that the area smells nice.
6. Mint Extract If you favor neither the smell of citrus nor vanilla, you can perhaps use mint extract instead. Pour several drops of mint extract on a couple of cotton wools. Toss the cotton wools inside the confined space and leave them for a couple of days.
7. Fresh Ground CoffeeGround coffee has a nice, crisp natural aroma. Just put about a cup of ground coffee in a flat, uncovered container. Place the container inside the confined space for several days. If the bad smell is extremely horrible, put more ground coffee. The area will smell of fresh coffee for many days.
8. Tea BagsIf you don't like coffee, you can use tea bags instead. Just place 2-3 tea bags inside the confined space. The tealeaves in the bags will not only absorb the bad smell but also will release the natural aroma of tea.
9. Orange and ClovesGet an orange and poke it with sharp objects like needle or fork to form small holes. Place each of the cloves inside these small holes until most of the orange surfaces are covered. It may look like a hedgehog with the cloves jutting out of the orange fruit. Leave it in the confined area for a couple of days. The area will smell nice with the said combinations.
10. Old Newspaper and Slices of BreadOld newspaper and slices of bread also work wonders in absorbing the bad odours particularly inside the refrigerator. Just place some crumpled old newspaper and two slices of bread (uncovered) inside your refrigerator and leave them for two days. Replace them (especially the bread) regularly until the bad smell is removed.

You can also use the combination of any of the above tips together, to effectively remove bad smell. Try those tips and you will say goodbye to bad smells forever.


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