Question about KitchenAid Superba KSCS23IN Side by Side Refrigerator

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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! We have the exact same problem. A KitchenAid Superba 48 (side by side). Very stong chmical odor that smells like turpentine or lighter fluid that permeates everything, both fridge and freezer. We have ruled out it being any kind of food issue.

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  • dparker Mar 29, 2008

    Unfortunately, when I posted my comment, it was included with another person's comment. I actually never tried to move my refrigerator. However, we have had a lot of problems lately with getting it balanced, which has resulted in the freezer door not sealing properly, which has lead to ice buld-up around the door gaskets, which is a problem that tends to snowball a bit. We have had several refrigerator technicians come but they say that our model (Kitchenaid Superba 48 -- a rare refrigerator about 7 years old) does not have door hinge adjustments, so it can only be adjusted using shims on the floor. Big pain and doesn't really work to fix the problem. In any event, all of this may well have led to the insulation getting wet. I am going to go investigate that possibility now.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    new fridge has chemical smell in freezer



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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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  • Priya darshan Mar 29, 2008


    Bad odors in a refrigerator are often caused by electrical failure or
    an accidental unplugging. Before realizing what has happened, spoiled foods can turn a clean and fresh smelling fridge into a putrid box of horror.

    You can try bleach, lemon juice, and commercial cleaning products
    and still not get rid of bad refrigerator odors, but don’t despair.
    There is help for those with a smelly fridge. There are several proven
    ways to get rid of bad odors in a refrigerator. These methods of
    getting rid of odors are very easy and inexpensive.

    giving up on your smelly refrigerator, consider trying the following
    methods of getting rid of bad odors. You have nothing to lose but a bad
    lingering smell!

    Cleaning Before Deodorizing:

    Before attempting to remove bad refrigerator odors, it’s important to thoroughly clean the interior of the refrigerator. When cleaning any electrical appliance, turn off the appliance, and unplug it before cleaning.

    Coffee Grounds:

    Coffee grounds are useful in a number of ways, and coffee grounds are very effective at removing bad odors in refrigerators. Simply place dry coffee
    grounds in a couple of shallow bowls, and place the bowls on different
    shelves in the refrigerator. Don’t expect bad odors to disappear
    immediately. Allow a few days for the coffee grounds to absorb bad smells.


    is also great for absorbing bad odors, and charcoal won’t just cover up
    smells. Charcoal is used for insoles, filters, and charcoal can be used
    to freshen the fridge. Simply place several charcoal briquets in a
    couple of shallow bowls, and place the bowls on different shelves in
    the refrigerator. The charcoal will immediately start absorbing bad
    odors, and in a few days your fridge will smell clean and once again fresh.

    Baking Soda and Vanilla

    Almost everyone knows that baking soda is great for absorbing refrigerator odors, but baking
    soda alone isn’t always enough to get rid of really tough odors. If
    your refrigerator smells exceptionally bad, mix about ½ cup of baking soda with a tablespoon or two of vanilla extract. Place the bowl on the bottom shelf of the fridge, and after a few days the baking soda and vanilla mixture will effectively and completely remove bad smells.

    made the mistake of unplugging a small refrigerator that I mainly use
    for canned drinks and bait. The drinks were gone, but a container of
    worms remained. Leaving the worms behind was a huge mistake. The worms
    died in the container, and by the time I noticed, the fridge smelled

    I cleaned the interior with baking soda and warm water, and I placed a bowl of baking
    soda and vanilla in the bottom. After just a couple of days, the putrid
    smell of dead worms was completely gone, and the refrigerator I once
    thought was beyond help was completely odor-free.

    Baking soda and warm water will effectively clean and help deodorize a refrigerator. Simply dissolve about ½ cup of baking
    soda in a sink filled with warm water. Take out all shelves, bins, and
    any other removable parts. Wash and rinse the parts, and thoroughly dry
    them before replacement.

    Don’t forget to clean
    the drip tray beneath the refrigerator, and use caution during removal.
    The drip tray might be dry, but more than likely it contains dirty
    water. Remove the grill beneath the doors, carefully pull out the drip
    pan, and dump the contents. Deodorize the drip pan by soaking it in baking soda and water after cleaning.


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That odo you are experiencing with the ref is due to the collant. bacause since youve tried to move it, so that means that everything inside as well moved right, there is a spill from the coolant. A remedy for this " chemical smell" is to leave the fridge unlpugged for at least to days before plugging it again.

and while you have unplugged it, try to follow coolguy008, & bestdarngood ways to rid of the smell inside the fridge.

as for the coolant smell, that will momentarily go away when your fridge is operational again.

If ever you want to call a technician, you can do so just to avoid things from getting worse.

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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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    Benjamin Patri Mar 29, 2008

    Follow these instructions and you should get rid of the smell for sure

    Make a mixture (50-50) of Vanilla Extract
    (not artificial) and rubbing alcohol. Put into a spray bottle, unplug
    the fridge and SOAK down the inside of the unit, paying special
    attention to places where pieces come together, leaving a crevice.
    Really soak these places heavily. After the entire unit is saturated,
    stuff with rolled up newspapers, close door and let sit for 24 to 48

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Mar 29, 2008

    The chemical odor inside the fridge could turn out to be wet insulation which could have
    been caused by water or R134a.

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Mar 29, 2008

    the R134a would be the coolant

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Mar 29, 2008

    Wet insulation is your problem since other people that have reported the same type of smell have found that it is wet insulation since it isn't a food smell.

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Mar 29, 2008

    Good luck and please let me know the outcome of your investigation


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