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Plastic smell coming from freezer, refrigerator is six years old. Odor is going over into the refrigerator. Cleaned out, replaced filter, checked all water lines. What can be the problem.

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  • Linda Campbell Oct 11, 2010

    It is not burning. It is the same smell when you first purchase a refrigerator. The water from the freezer does not taste bad. The ice does.

  • Linda Campbell Oct 12, 2010

    Put in the baking soda packs, and also put in a thing called Fridge It for odors.

  • Linda Campbell Oct 12, 2010

    My person has not replied back to me after they ask was it a burning smell. It's not. It is the same smell that when you purchase a new refrigerator, except this one is six years old. Filters have been replaced over three weeks ago. Clean thoroughly out, turned off, ice has been emptied everyday for the past three weeks, put in baking soda packs and also put another hanging product called Fridge It. Can you let me know what the problem may be.

  • Linda Campbell Oct 12, 2010

    It is not a burning smell. It is an odor that smells like plastic

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You have a short which is burning plastic. Turn the unit off and do not turn it on again until you have someone come by with testing equipment to find the short which is causing the melting which is causing the smell.toxic

Having found this source, you can make an intelligent decision about replacement, whether of the appliance or the wiring.

Do not put yourselves or family at risk any further. Plastics can emit toxic fumes whether in a full blown fire or a gradual degradation. Please discount the cost and pay immediate attention to your safety.

Kind Regards,

TheSelkie

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    Marcus Oct 12, 2010

    Then it's possible that a chemical is moving into the ice maker and therefore the ice. I feel resposnosible to warn about it and have it physically checked. I see no need to suffer any illness from an appliance. If it's no problem, then I am sorry for creating concern. It's just that I'm generally not considered to be iehter stupid or an alarmist.



    Best Wishes,



    selk

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Hi,

Did you mean ' burning plastic smell '?

Thanks!!

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