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Old 06-26-2015, 01:21 AM   #1
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GE Upright Deep Freeze - Horrible Smell

I'm new and this is my first post, so I hope I'm doing this right. We have an upright GE deep freeze. It's 6 years old and located in our washroom. For about a week now, we've been noticing a progressively more pungent odor coming from the room that smells like strong moth balls. We've cleaned, thrown food away, looked for dead rodents, etc with no success. Tonight I slid the freezer out from the wall and looked underneath. The smell almost blew me away. Seems like it's coming from the black, pressurized canister underneath. (Sorry but I'm a novice at appliances.)

Could this be a gas leaking out of this canister? Or any other ideas of what this smell could be?

Thanks so much for your help!


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Old 06-26-2015, 05:08 AM   #2
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That black canister is the compressor---so---I think the unit is failing--time to call a repair man or buy a new unit.


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Old 06-26-2015, 07:53 AM   #3
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I would have no idea why a compressor would smell horrible just because it was failing. My guess is there is something under there rotting.
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As mentioned, investigate a little more closely around the compressor area and underneath with a good flashlight and rule out any dead varmints first as the source of the smell. Go from there.
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Refrigerant doesn't smell. Burning coils/wires/transformers do, but you'd know of an issue typically pretty quickly. I would go with the already stated and try and find where the dead animal is. I would probably unload the entire thing and pull the entire unit out.
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To me, a mothball smell wouldn't indicate rotting flesh. it sounds more like an electrical or burning problem, or some kind of chemical decomposition.

Rotting mouse (or other critter) aroma, to me, is very different than electrical or other burning smells. Freon that is heated above something like 600 degrees can decompose into phosgene gas. I'm not sure what newer refrigerants do under the same conditions.

To me, the moth ball type smell is a clue. I'd be careful, and try to figure this out quick. If something is burning or getting hot enough to produce that kind of smell, it needs to be fixed or unplugged ASAP.

Is the OP familiar with dead animal smell? Identifying smells is a very useful troubleshooting gift or skill. Don't ignore the information smells provide.


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