We got a fridge that was ready to be used as a kegerator which we have been using for roughly a month and a half now; we keep the CO2 tank and kegs in the fridge compartment and pint glasses in the freezer compartment above.
Today I just noticed that the glasses (some of which have been sitting in the freezer for a couple weeks) smell rather odd. Consulted with SWMBO and neither of us think it smells like mold; we cleaned the crap out of the thing when we got it... though frozen mold may smell different
The thought of it being CO2 occasionally purged from the kegs below crossed our minds as there is a drain in the freezer so the fridge and freezer are KINDA connected... but CO2 doesn't smell (derp.)
Here are a couple specifics:
- not sure how long this has been going on for. just noticed the smell but I could have been oblivious
- the glasses got taken out and still smell even at room temperature
- the freezer compartment smells just like the
- fridge and freezer are cooled using condensation plate chillers (like in dorm fridges)
- the freezer's plate chiller is the bottom surface, so the glasses actually sit on the plate chiller
The last point makes me wonder if the smell is from coolant leeching smells. The smell is actually really hard to describe. Adjectives that come to mind would be stale/chemically/harsh but combined they really don't describe it properly. SWMBO says the only thing it reminds her of is new tires, like when you walk into a Les Schwab.
Has anybody experienced this or maybe have any idea as to what is going on? The help is much appreciated!