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My refrigerator smells like bleach when you open the top

Customer Question

My refrigerator smells like bleach when you open the top doors or the bottom freezer door.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Whrlp Master Tech replied 1 year ago.

Hello from JA
My name is Woody.
I will be glad to assist you today.
I have been servicing ALL Major Brands of Appliances for 35 Years,
and have over 100,000 in home repairs and over 80,000 internet repairs under my belt.

Can I please have the Full model number of the unit to better assist you ?
Has some one cleaner the interior of the unit with bleach ?

Nothing in the unit would cause this ,And refrigerant is odorless and colorless.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No it has never been cleaned with bleach. Only warm water and hand soap. The smell started this weekend. I have had a bowl of baking soda in the refrigerator for more than 24 hours. Amana French Door Model #AFD2535DES
Expert:  Whrlp Master Tech replied 1 year ago.

ok can you tell where this smell is coming from?

And your better off washing the interior down with vanilla extract and warm water ,then putting baking soda in the unit the baking soda does NOT get rid of any odors , if you want to get rid of odors use crumpled up newspaper and moisten the paper with a spray bottle of water and let set in for 24 hours then remove.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
As soon as you open the doors the smell hits you right between the eyes. The freezer smells as well. I'm not sure if the smell is coming from the refrigerator or is permiating down from the refrigerator.
Expert:  Whrlp Master Tech replied 1 year ago.

is the unit empty of food or does it have food in it at this time?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am currently emptying the refrigerator as well speak.
Expert:  Whrlp Master Tech replied 1 year ago.

ok there is nothing from the unit that would cause this .

It has to be something food wise that is making this smell .

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok Thanks
Expert:  Whrlp Master Tech replied 1 year ago.

let me know what you find!

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