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Kenmore Elite model106.71203101 bad odor and dont know where its comiing from

Just recently my refridgerator developed a almost like paint thinner smell inside, I had the water lines disconnected for some time, and just hooked them up again and thats when the smell started. Could it have something to do with that ( I shut the water off to the fridge again). I also noticed when I had the water lines hooked up it wasnt making ice as fast as it had done before. I am ready to put it outside you cant open the doors without smelling it in the other room. I have even tried cleaning the compressor area and coils under the fridge

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Joseph Perez
A bad smell coming from the refrigerator can really cause some concern and I am sorry for the inconvenience. I did some research and I was able to find a link with a similar question. I hope this helps with your research while you wait for your expert response. 
by Joseph Perez Earned 62,642 community points in Kenmore
March 9th, 2013
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Odors from the refrigerator are never pleasant.  Since the water lines were disconnected, this may be from the water reservoir tubes in the refrigerator or even from the water supply coming into the house. I would check the water at the valve fist to verify the water coming in has no odor. If that checks fine, then the water supply line to the refrigerator is the next check.  If you have copper tubing, it is good.  The refrigerator has a reservoir inside, part #232031.  See image below. This may need to be changes out as the plastic can deteriorate over time.  The reservoir can absorb an odor and then transfer it, to the water inside of it. It's possible the water line in the door may need to be replaced also but it's rare that this line needs replacing. These parts are available at


.  The reservoir is located behind the crisper. The tubing is routed through the bottom, out to the freezer door in the front, and back to the water valve for the other end. You will need pull it out to remove the back lower panel to access the water valve connection and remove the front toe plate in the front to access the other end of the water line connection.These checks and a thorough cleaning inside the refrigerator should eliminate the smell.  If further assistance is needed, please reply.  Thank you for using Manage My Life.
by Manage My Life
March 10th, 2013
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