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Bad odor comin from rear of refrigerator

Bad odor coming from rear of refrigerator for about 21/2 -3 wks cleaned inside and under including front grill. We experienced a power outage for 4 days resulting in meat and food spoilage. Looked for leakage in the refrigerator, and therefore any that would have run onto motor etc., but did not see any. Any help you can give would be great.


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The drip pan have to be clean pull the pan out and clean

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