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06:43AM | 06/26/05
Member Since: 06/25/05
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I've just followed the exchange from June where a fishy odour was determined to be caused by wiring.

We have been dealing with a truly overpowering smell in our home for the past week...which may have been around longer (though more faintly) weeks prior...

It definitely smells more like fish, than anything else we can think of to describe it. Smell seems to concentrate/collect in our central stairwell, though we think it might originate at the fridge (old model)...

One of the comments on the discussion chain suggested the possibility of a freon reaction...fridge itself is clean and odour-free, but we detect a more distinct "wall" of smell when we pass it.

Is it possibly the source? Time for a new fridge?

thanks for any advice.


07:23PM | 06/26/05
Member Since: 06/01/05
25 lifetime posts
I'm the guy who had the prior issue with the fish smell.

It turned out that what was happening was the light was heating the plastic around the bulb. That plastic was creating the smell.

You might want to check if around heat sources any plastic is getting too hot. If so, turn off the appliance (fridge/overhead light, etc.) and you should be able to faintly smell the fish odor at the source (plastic).

Other possible electrical sources are the casings around the electric cables themselves. (thank God it wasn't that in our home)

re: freon reaction - Put your nose by your vents. You should notice it stronger there if it's the a/c.

The way it was explained to me, it's unlikely to be your fridge's freon, but it's worth looking into.

Good luck.

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