My daughter spilled something in my freezer and now there is a odor coming from my fridge when we walk by it. My husband pulled off the grate at the bottom front and is trying to figure out how to clean in the pan under the freezer area. How do you remove it?. He said it is filled with black stuff.
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Re: Cleaning pan under freezer
See if it can be pulled up then out in the front. if not, then you will just have to settle with putting the dry rug inside and then let it sip the dirty liquid on the pan and you can pour water and detergent inside the pan in order to wash it then rinse it after wards.
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You may have had something drip and somehow get under the
fridge. I know blood dripping from meat will smell. It could have dripped down
through the defrost drain tube to the pan underneath. You can access the pan
from the rear by removing the cardboard cover. If the smell seems to be coming
from the pan, it's difficult to remove so I would just pour some bleach in it
to kill any smell and you may can wipe it out from there. The drain tube may
also have the smell in it so you can pour some bleach into it from the inside
of the freezer at the bottom of the rear panel. You can move the fridge to see
if anything is pooled on the floor that might smell.
I had the same problem, but just fixed it. I have a maytag bottom freezer and when the fan blower comes on, there was a foul/stale smell that permeated the kitchen. There is no drip pan that I could remove to clean.
I just removed four screws from the back cover of the fan blower area, reached in with a small cup of organic odor remover and poured it into the drip pan just under the fan blower.
Any odor remover would work. probably vinegar or enzyme odor remover would work, too.
I now have fresh smell when the fan blower comes on.
You have a couple possibilities. Either something spilled in the frig and ran down into the drip pan or you have a dead critter under there. The pan is not removable and cleaning it is a pain. take a good look under there from the back and the front. Eric
Odors in the refrigerator can come from many different sources. Spoiling food, spilled milk, open food. Often a really good cleaning out with an ammonia cleaner can help or with a baking soda water mixture.
But, sometimes an odor can "permeate" into one of the plastic parts found inside the fridge, crisper pans, door liners, shelf supports. Even after you have found the spoiling food, removed it, cleaned the fridge up.....sometimes another plastic part will pick up this odor and continue to give the odor back off. A few things that can help with this type of an odor, place one these inside the fridge section:
- box of baking soda
- dish of coffee grounds
- open slices of bread
The bread trick can be used to effectively to remove odors. Just throw a slice or two onto one of the shelves in the fresh food compartment, leave the bread slice(s) in there for 12-24 hours -no longer- and then throw the bread out or I throw the bread outside for the birds to eat. When bread goes stall, it will **** in odors very well. Because the air inside the refrigerator is blown between both sections, this will help the fridge and freezer sections. Do this for about a week and you should notice a big change in the odor problem :-)
A really bad odor problem. Sometimes something like milk or juice is spilled inside the fridge. The liquid can run under the plastic edge breakers and get into the insulation. This can be very difficult to clean and may require a service call to have the old insulation removed and replaced with new insulation in that section.
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The pan is for holding the defrost water for it to evaporate. If the milk creates an odor, you can acces the pan by removing the front panel under the door (usually). The pan will probably come out so you can clean it.
Check the bottom refrigerator door gasket for any possible spilled food or drink that may have leaked onto it. Clean this area with warm soapy water. It may solve your problem. Also check under the drawers and make sure there is nothing there. If there is a drain under the drawers clean it and put some hot water with bleach into it to flush it out.
call the repairman back and say forget it ,on the motor youll see a flat pan ,like a cookie sheet on top ,the excess water from the freezer drains into a tube and into that pan as the motor gets hot it evaporates the water,just clean the pan,shut down fridge,unplug and let motor cool,clean the pan and tell hubby not to waste good beer lol
Thank willie for helping with one:
"Well, it looks like the pan is a seperate plastic pan and not the compressor mounting pan like some of the newer ones are.
It appears that you have to remove the condensor fan motor and mounting bracket then maybe the pan will left up and over the compressor, or maybe there is enough room to lift the pan up and out the front over the condensor coils"