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What is the bad plasticy smell in my new frig (made in China)

Asked by skfinkel (13526points) April 23rd, 2008
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And will it hurt a person?

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babygalll's avatar

All brand new refrigerators have that smell. It will go away when you start filling it up and get more use from it.

peedub's avatar

It’s called offgassing. I wouldn’t worry about it. It should go away in time.

If it really bothers you, buy some kimchi and put that in your fridge.

wildflower's avatar

I’m guessing the fridge is made largely with plastic interiors and that may be the smell you feel…. Try giving it a good clean with bleach and leave it open for a while before you start it up. That should get rid of most of it.

susanc's avatar

sk, tell us how long it’s been smelling like that.

yes, offgassing can hurt you if you stand around
breathing it – we’ve all heard stories about businesses shutting down
temporarily because new carpeting was making everyone sick.

skfinkel's avatar

GE replaced the frig. The new one is mildly off-gassing but nothing like the other. Something was really wrong there.

peedub's avatar

That’s strange. Did they say what it might have been?

susanc's avatar

Yes, what do they ADMIT it might have been? Maybe it was dangerous.
Please find out.

skfinkel's avatar

They have a spray “smells-so-good” or something they use to spray the inside of problem refrigerators with, but it was too late for mind.

I don’t think I will hear much about what it was. Not good.

skfinkel's avatar

I mean mine, not mind.

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