Question about Hotpoint HSS25GFP Side by Side Refrigerator
HotPoint side by side fridge with electric ice maker suddenly started smelling like chemical. The fridge has been thoroughly cleaned, ice has been dumped twice and the odor of alcohol chemical is still in the ice and the refrigerator. The taste or smell is not in the water dispenser, just in the ice, refrigerator and the freezer. It is very, very strong. The fridge and freezer are still cooling but the odor is so very strong. It is in the foods and the ice.
I believe that you might have a coolant leak causing the chemical odor. You really should get it checked out by a fridge repair-person because it's not healthy to breathe in the fumes.
Posted on May 04, 2009
I had the exact same problem. Side by side GE profile fridge. Nasty chemical smell. Tried everything. After all the cleanings, throwing out food, etc...I read about the potential for bad teflon coating in the ice maker. I removed the Ice maker and found that the snap in plug powering the unit may be the culprit. It has the same smell and is located right next to the hole where the freezer fan pushes the air into the refrigerator. Very suspicious. I am running a test without the unit in to see if the smell remains. Please check this connection. It has vexed me for 5 days and I hope it's the answer.
Posted on Aug 17, 2010
Ooh my fridge / freezer doesn't smell .... try wiping it around with some
Posted on May 04, 2009
My inglas refridgerator made by whirlpool has a funny chemical smell in the fridge and freezer, the butter is tasting like it and when we pour the baby cold milk his bottle has the odor on it also. what is this? could it be the freon leaking because thats what it smells like.
Posted on Oct 24, 2008
All items stored in the refrigerator and freezer should be stored in sealed packaging. Frost free refrigerator operate with a very low humidity and will pick up odors from products. Somewhat of an ozone smell will be in some frozen foods. This is a normal condition. Deodorizing packs are available on the market to absorb odors. Baking soda does the job in most cases.
Posted on May 31, 2008
On another site a guy answers this:
Most of the time, when we get a complaint like this, We find some sort of food that has spoiled, The most common thing that I have found is a spoiled Orange, It may sound wacky, but true!!!! The other factor is, with a Freon leak, the gas would leak out and the unit would stop cooling!!!!
Posted on Sep 03, 2012
Omg i have a empty fridge that i cleaned all the seals, took everything out of fridge, ie: shelves and doors, and drawers, whatever, i even took those apart, cleaned with bleach, hot water, then a sanitizer, now it has baking soda and dry towels to try to soak up the smell but all i get is this really bad, makes me dry heave chemical smell, that came from an apartment where the tenants claim made them sick and food taste funny??????
Posted on Oct 27, 2012
My current theory with some practical grounding is that the seals on the doors and freezer drawers are slowly & perpetually breaking down (as they do) and off-gassing into the compartment - frost or freezer buildup encapsulates this gas and stays on the food later when cooking. If this is the case, there may be nothing you can do other than potentially rinse off non-porous foods. (I've had some luck with veggies, but I've never succeeded with waffles, unfortunately)
To test, try smelling these seals..
Posted on Apr 03, 2012
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