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Old 11-21-2020, 02:47 AM   #1
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Major clean needed in freezer

I screwed up and the power was off for a week. The meat in the freezer thawed out completely and the meat juices were in the freezer. Our Norcold N61 appears to have a panel which covers the floor and rear wall. It attaches to the rear of the freezer by eight bolts. I think the meat juices are under this panel. How do I remove this panel to clean out the cause of this awful smell?

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Old 11-21-2020, 03:08 AM   #2
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I screwed up and the power was off for a week. The meat in the freezer thawed out completely and the meat juices were in the freezer. Our Norcold N61 appears to have a panel which covers the floor and rear wall. It attaches to the rear of the freezer by eight bolts. I think the meat juices are under this panel. How do I remove this panel to clean out the cause of this awful smell?



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Ouch! I have never tried to get under there but I sort of doubt that they are actually removable. I believe they may be part of the cooling unit, bonded to the cooling tubes. Id contact Norcold and see what they recommend and lacking that I believe Id try flooding it repeatedly with warm water to flush it clean and then put a box of baking soda in it over the winter. Eventually it should settle down.

Our fridge failed while we were away visiting friends on one trip and we happened to get back just as the miasma was developing. We got it cleared up in a day or so.

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Old 11-21-2020, 11:24 AM   #3
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We had bacon accidently fall behind the freezer drawer and we took the rv in for repairs. It set in the Florida (May) sun for 30 days. Not a pretty picture when we got it back. Tried several things to remove the smell and finally placed fresh coffee grounds in the upper and lower sections of the refrigerator. It took a little while but it worked where baking soda, vanilla, and scrubbing didn't.
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Old 11-22-2020, 03:18 AM   #5
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Thanks for the help. I called norcold and didn’t get far but I’m not going to take it apart before I try everything else.
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Old 11-22-2020, 12:27 PM   #6
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Peroxide and ozone and most folks just toss them eventually
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Old 12-02-2020, 06:20 PM   #7
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Not with an RV refrigeration unit, but power failed at home with a freezer full of food; mostly meat. I dont know how long the power was out, but the smell was atrocious. We tried every cleaner known to man, at that time, and could not get rid of the smell. Even though it worked really well, we finally had to replace it.
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Old 12-02-2020, 06:27 PM   #8
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I think the key to this is how the fridge is water tight and obviously holds liquids.
I think a puddle as deep as you can get it of good solvent like alcohol and water(vodka), agitate it a bit on occasion drain and repeat.
I don't think this is a wiping and spraying thing.
I think if the lip of that freezer bottom will hold a quart of vodka, I'd float a quart of vodka with some oxy clean for a couple of days.
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