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Fridge smells i noticed a few days ago water under my salad bins so i got my instruction booklet out which said that the drainage maybe blocked & 2 use a straw to push in the hole to clean it out which seemed to work but now ive noticed an awful smell like somethings gone off. what should i do to get rid of the odour & whats causing the smell

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    same problem water gathering under salad bins..had a engineer out 3 times and all he did was stick a coat hanger down the tube to clear it. It appears to be freezing all the time and thus blocking...is this a design fault>?

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The drain leads to a pan under the fridge that sits on coils and evaporates the condensate that drained out. you should be able to access the pan and remove it and clean. or you can just wait for it to evaporate and go away. (better off to clean) some warm water in a baster will help rinse out the line. Let me know if that worked or if you need help accessing the pan.

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