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Whirlpool refrigerator has an awful smell coming from the bottom. We cleaned the drip pan the smell went away, the next day the motor turned on and the smell came back. Can it be the motor?

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If the fridge is failing to keep the freezer as cold as it was, it is only a matter of time (hours or maybe a day) before it stops cooling completely.

If you smell sulfur or rotten eggs, and cooling inside is diminished, it is very likely that the refrigerant has escaped due to line chafing, rupture or compressor failure. This is not the type of failure your want. Many times, this repair costs many hundreds of dollars to repair and isn't worth the expense. Other times, a line can be repaired after cleaning & evacuation. A service port is installed to allow a new refrigerant charge to be introduced to the fridge.

The only way to know for sure is to have it checked by a licensed refrigeration mechanic or fridge repair technician.

Good luck!

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