I cannot get to the drip pan under refridgerator to empty it. It is filled with sludge and smells bad
Our refridgerator is a freezer bottom type. Something nasty must have spilled inside and dripped down to the drip pan. When the fan runs a very smelly odor is blowing out. We cleaned the whole inside of the fridge but cannot reach the drip pan. IN the front the coils block it, in the back the fan blocks it. How can we clean and empty the drip pan? It is an Amana Easy Reach. Not so easy to reach the drip pan. We can see it filled with a disgusting liquid when we shine the flashlight on it.
Re: I cannot get to the drip pan under refridgerator to...
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"
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I would look for bad door gaskets. Sounds crazy but if you have bad gaskets, you will let in more moist air and the freezer will freeze up faster. If the fridge is freezing up I would look at the slide from the freezer to the fridge and see if it is stuck open. During the defrost cycle the unit should drain and fill the drain pan, but the normal operation of the compresser should be able to evaporate the water with ease.
Look at the door gaskets and the vent.
The drip pan collects water when the freezer goes into a defrost cycle. Most times there is very little water and the water evaporates quickly. When there is a problem with the freezer or the water does not evaporate between defrost cycles, the drip pan fills with water. If the front bottom of your refrigerator has a grille, you access the drip pan from the front. If there is no grille, access the drip pan from the rear.
Instructions Rear Access
1 Unplug the refrigerator from the wall outlet. Pull the refrigerator away from the wall so that you can access the rear of the refrigerator.
2 Look under the refrigerator with a flashlight and locate the drip pan. Often when people install refrigerators they neglect to pull the packing from around the drip pan. The drip pan may have tape or styrofoam around it.
3 Remove any packing material away from the drip pan and pull the drip pan out from under the refrigerator.
4 Pull the grille at the bottom of the refrigerator below the refrigerator door with your fingers. The grille secures to the refrigerator with plastic clips.
5 Remove any debris from the access area and throw the debris in the trash. The coils and fan under the refrigerator attract dust and dirt. Clean out the area with a lint brush if you have one.
6 Pull the drip pan out from under the refrigerator.
dear sir, i think where you find bad smell rust colour object in near of comressor its sign of comressor oil and there is leak after the leak that oil has been come out please contcet to your service technician for reweld that leakage and refill refrigarant in your freezer , i hope after that problem will be solve . and freezer will being work batter.
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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.
the pan is there to catch condensation from the compressor during the refridgeration cycle. the water build up to me indicates one of two things. Either the refrigerant level is low and it is freezing up then thawing, or if you have ice or water dispencer it could have a leak in the line. the only thing other than that is a leak in the magnetic door seal or other insulation causing condensation. hope this helps
The accumulated ice you saw is of course the source of the water. The refrigerator will eventually rid itself of the excess ice and the problem will therefore disappear on it's own after a while. The drip pan is normally filled with only a small amount of water, and that is dried up by the condenser cooling fan under the fridge. The pan is removable from most units, but not without making a mess. I suppose you can make and clean up the mess one time and be done with it.
If the freezer is on top then empty out the freezer and remove the bottom and back liner of the freezer compartment usually phillips screws. In the back you will see the freezer coils along with a defrost element. Below these two items u will see a drip tray that collects water from the coils on defrost cycle, in the center of the pan will be a drain hole that connects to a hose that leads to a pan under the refrigerator.Normally the water is collected there and evaporated. The hole in the tray in the freezer is clogged. Thaw it and clean it until you can pour water in it and it goes to the pan down below. please rate me