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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! My water dispenser stopped working, no water is coming out when pressing the handle. what is your solution to this proplem or what is the cause, the ice maker is doing well, but ice has an odor..? Model 50569991 Kenmore side by side Thank you, Rami

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  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    Fix it or buy a new frig

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

does the smell spread to food items?

Posted on Jun 25, 2008

  • dewan nafees ahmed Jun 26, 2008

    1. For a milder approach that can coexist with your food, leave an open
    container of baking soda in the fridge. In a pinch, newspaper or
    charcoal can also help absorb odors.
    2. If you must leave a
    refrigerator or turned off unplugged for a period of time, clean it
    thoroughly first and of course remove all food. Then, leave it propped
    open a bit. Even clean, a warm, closed fridge is certain to smell bad
    in time.
    3. To prevent odors in the future, make a point to look in
    once a week or so and remove expired food. Try looking right before you
    take out the trash. It's a good reminder and items don't sit around in
    your kitchen trash smelling bad.
    4. As much as possible, contain
    foods in airtight containers. They will stay fresher longer and the
    odors will not spread as much if they do spoil.
    Warnings:
    1. Your
    fridge will smell like fresh coffee for weeks, but it will likely be
    better than the smell you were trying to get rid of.
    2. Never clean
    a cold glass shelf with hot water. Either allow it to come to room
    temperature or use cold water. A sudden temperature change can shatter
    the glass.

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