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#1 paul260426

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 04:17 PM

We have this bad smell when we open the frig. I have taken everything out and checked it. I have cleaned the frig. Still we have the smell like something is spoiled. I am now starting to think the smell originates somewhere behind the inner walls of the fridge and is blown in by the fan in the freeezer. Smell is in both freezer and fridge.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Posted 22 July 2005 - 05:37 PM

If this smell is coming from the insulation behind the walls of the frig, I do not believe this can be removed.  You might try stuffing the box full of crumpled newspapers and shutting the doors for two weeks with the box off.  Then test the frig.  If the smell is still there repeat this with fresh crumpled newspapers until the smell is gone.  The ink in the newspaper will absob the odors.
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Posted 22 July 2005 - 06:09 PM

Can you explain this in more detail. What would cause the insulation to smell?

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 02:14 AM

Give us a make and modle, and it's age, and we might be able to offer more help.

For example, A new Frigidaire uses a heated condensate cup instead of a pan. This can be a source of great smell when mold, mildew, or food remnants end up rotting inside.

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 04:51 AM

What sort of smell also???  If blood has gotten behind the walls into the insulation this will smell like rottem meat.  If vegies have rotted and some of the juice got in the insulation will smell like rotten vegies.  Might help if we knew what sort of smell.  Guess could also be a freon leak making this odor, is it a chemical smell?? 
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Posted 23 July 2005 - 05:40 AM

If it is freon, would not the frig. eventually not cool? I increased the coolness level and the smell is only slight now. I had the level in the fridge part turned all the way down. The smell does not exist on the outside of the fridge or below the fridge. Only when you open it up.

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 05:50 AM

""Give us a make and model, and it's age, and we might be able to offer more help.""  Yes, is why we are asking  WHAT KIND OF SMELL IS THIS..Something is coming from behind the walls of the frig.  We cannot smell it, you have to tell us what you are smelling.

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 07:21 AM

It smells like water that has been sitting for a long time. It is a Kenmore 253.61832104

The smell is not in the water tray under the fridge.

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 07:33 AM

Now we might be getting somewhere. This is a Frigidaire ref. with the Kenmore name on it....now how old is the box...Nick posted this further up in this thread...

*****For example, A new Frigidaire uses a heated condensate cup instead of a pan. This can be a source of great smell when mold, mildew, or food remnants end up rotting inside.

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 08:11 AM

Is that the one that sits on top of the..."condensor" in the back of the unit. If so then this model does not have one. I pulled the fridge out. The smell is not coming from there.
The smell is inside which is unfortunate because if it is insulation then there is little that can be done. I will just wait and see if the smell goes away eventually.

Thanks for all your help.

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 08:25 AM

Reference # 26 is your defrost drain pan, perhaps the smell could be in this drain line at the curve of the line at the end and traveling back up thru the drain tube into the box???  ref. # 84 is the defrost drain line...Worth a look see??

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 08:31 AM

How would I do that? It is in the drain line? The line that flows into the drain pan is a wide plastic tube. Could I pour hot water in somewhere at the top and see if this flushes it. If so where?

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 08:39 AM

Would have to take everything from the freezer and remove the back panel, the defrost drain trough will be under the evaperator coil, could pour hot water thru there and see if it is coming out into the drain pan.  If it is flush it with some hot water with bleach to remove the stuff that might be causing the odors, that bend at the end of the drain line acts like a trap under your kitchen sink, holds water so air cannot travel back up the drain tube into the freezer to keep hot moist air from causing excessive frost.  Something might be built up in this area causing the odors, worth a try.

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 09:24 AM

Well it does make a lot of sense. The place where the water originates from behind the freezer back wall under the evaporator, i think is the name, that is where the fan blows air into the unit. Yea, I think I can do this. Thanks and will let you all know.

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 02:57 PM

The mysterious smell has mysteriously disappeared. I think my fridge is haunted.

You guys are appreciated.

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 03:09 PM

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