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Does a Danby 5 cu ft chest freezer have a drip pan? If not, how can I get rid of the rotten meat smell?
The drip pan on any freezer collects ice melts from the evaporator during the defrost cycle. Most of them are mounted on the compressor and use the compressor waste heat to evaporate the water.
If there is rotten meat smell in the drip pan it means there is also rotten meat smell in the evaporator coils and fins.
It's almost impossible to get "stuff" out of the evaporator fins unless you take the unit apart.
This means you will probably have to remove and replace the refrigerant plus evaporator and the entire process could take two 8 hour days or more.
after you completely wash it out you can try placing a pan of hot water in it and run it empty. The steam will condense on the evaporator and freeze. Then defrost it . Hopefully this will wash some of the funk away. You might have to do this several times.
If that doesn't work then cost wise the unit is junk.
Suggest in future wrap your meats in freezer bags or other
water/air tight containers in case power goes off.
Monitoring your freezer is a must to catch issues before smelly spoilage can set in.
on Feb 04, 2018
I just got an older Danby freezer,,,,model dcf 480, type zs 1401,,,,my question is,,,what is the orange switch in front for?,,,on witch side should it be?,,,thanks
the switch my be a temperature monitor switch. the alarm is set to -10f to let you know that there is a temperature problem.
on Sep 12, 2017
What makes it sweat on the sides of the freezer
The insulation inside the walls is deteriorating, or you have a very high moisture atmosphere in the room where it is.
If the freezer is in a garage or not in a setting where looks is important, you can glue polystyrene insulation on the side of it. If it is in view, you need a new one.
on Oct 06, 2016
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