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A really bad smell coming from the fridge

The fridge came with the house so we dont know age of it. It was ok for 1st 5 or 6 months then we noticed a really bad smell everytime we opened the fridge. We have cleaned it with bleach etc but it will not go away. Its revolting.
Can anyone help ????

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  • laserlineroa Feb 11, 2009

    the odour is like bad food but the fridge had been totally emptied and cleaned. it is inside the fridge compartment. Its very nasty. I have seen about changing the bio deorourizor but how is this done and do i need to buy a replacement ??

  • Anonymous Mar 07, 2009

    Us too, and we have cleaned the fridge twice, use baking soda and all that. Our odor is like pickle juice or rotted produce, RB215BSSW/XAA

  • Guestfixya Mar 11, 2009

    We have the same problem; we bought it new 3 months ago (Dec 2008) - now we have a rotten food (dead fish?) smell in the refrigerator side (RS277 side-by-side. I called Samsung and this model does not have a 'deodorizer' that can be replaced. We completely taken all food and compartments out 2 times to no avail. Frustrating...

  • Guestfixya Apr 03, 2009

    We noticed a white foam strip (similar to protective shipping/packing material) on the left side under the shelf that is over the middle/cooler section. It seems to have retained the smell. I called Samsung and got 'approval' to remove it so as not to void our warranty. They said ok (he didn't really know what it was) and made a note on our record accordingly. This may be the problem!

  • Mark Egan May 11, 2010

    What is the smell? Spoiled/spilled food?

    Or is it a different odor?

    Does odor come from inside of the refrigerator, or outside?

    Cleaning refrigerator interiors is best done with baking soda and water. Not bleach.


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I had a similar problem with an unbearable smell, not inside, but outside the refregeration compartment. it was from the defrosted liquid that gets stored in a small open tank at the bottom on the rear side of the fridge. over time , particles settle along with water and gives a rooten smell, cleaning this tank solved it.

Hope this helps,

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Hello coutts


1.What is the model and age of your fridge?
2.Did you ever spill some exotic type foods or curry or so forth?
3.Describe what it smells like?
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I have know people who have emptied there fridge and washed it out with a solution they mixed of 10%bleach and 90 % water to extract a Foul odor.
In the hospitals they use 30% bleach and 7% water solution.
BUT I would be afraid for the walls of the fridge being plastic or vinyl.
I do not know how bad the smell is for your fridge, but I recommend to my customers to keep an open box or two of baking soda in their fridge and this absorbs odors pretty well. Change them once a month.
They are dirt cheap at Sam's club or fifty cents a small box in the supermarket.
Waiting your response to my first questions!!

I hope that I solved your problem with one or all my suggestions
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