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I can smell items in my freezer when I open the door of the fridg

The seafood in my freezer can be smelled in the refrigerator side when I open the door of the side by side. It is very strong. The freezer has not defrosted & everything is cold on both sides. The side by side was a floor sample & I bought it a couple of months ago...

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Good day,
All cooling in a refrigerator, be it the freezer section, or the fresh food section is performed by the freezer.
The freezer takes care of itself, but also by the function of the fan motor in the freezer, blows a limited amount of the freezer air into the fresh food compartment to cool it to the nominal 37 degrees.

The odor in the freezer is disguised by the extremely cold air, and is not apparent. But that odor when raised to 35 or 40 degrees will become noticeable.
As well, the freezer compartment rises to 30 degrees plus when going thru it's automatic defrost cycle, which occures for approx. 30 minutes once or twice a day, adding to the problem.
Sealing the packages is probably the only real answer.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Dec 18, 2009

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