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Sweet chemical smell coming from refrigerator

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  • roblucas2004 Dec 28, 2008

    I have a very strong smell of lettuce in my fridge. They are no lettuce in it. I've taken everything out and checked but can't seem to find out where it is coming from.

  • us2bdowe Jan 21, 2009

    The smell is getting stronger. We hold our breathe now before opening the door on the fridge or freezer. I'm afraid it might be something chemical and hazardous. I can't afford a new one right now. There's nothing rotten in there. How and where would I check for any type of leakage? Am I in danger?

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auto defrost coil in frost free refrigerator
just below freezer

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I'm Harvey the Master Plumber.

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Feel free contact me again!
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Thank you,
Harvey your Master Plumber

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from where does the smell come?
inside the unit or from the body?

does the smell spread to food items?

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