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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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Re: chemical odor...

Is the unit working ok I think tech17 is trying to find out if you have a freon leak inside the unit??

Posted on Jan 27, 2008

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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

Posted on Mar 29, 2008

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