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My fridge is working but there is an odor like ammonia

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My fridge is working but there is an odor like ammonia
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  DennisH replied 9 years ago.


If the unit is newer You could be getting odor from the foam insulation.

If it is 2 years old(at least), and has been used regularly, the only way an odor can get in a refrigerator is a spill or a spoiled piece of food I would suggest turning the unit off and taking all the shelves and drawers out and do a very good cleaning, after it dries turn it back on and let it run for 24 hours and check it again.

If You need more information feel free to ask.


Customer: replied 9 years ago.
my fridge is on all the time since I live in it for the last 2 years. There is nothing in the fridge except closed items. It is in a fifth wheel. The circuit board and and the heating element were replaced about 6 monthes ago. It started on a hot day(117degrees)and I live in Arizona by Bullhead city. It seems to be working ok and i was concerned about the freion.There does not seem to be a smell in the freezer.
Expert:  DennisH replied 9 years ago.

This unit could very well have a leak, the fact that You said it was in a fifth wheel.

Units in motor homes and the like can have ammonia as the refrigerant, this can be VERY dangerous, even fatal when inhaled.

You should have a trained expert take a look at it.


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