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Fishy smell in frig

Have cleaned out frig and freezer pulled frig out and note no smell behind the unit is there a drip pan this is a freezer on the bottom type unit has a water filter does the water filter work for the icemaker too could this be the icemaker making the smell?

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  • greekmd Feb 19, 2009

    We had just changed it in January. Changed it again. Does the filter work for the ice machine dispenser as well as the water dispener? Is there a drip pain internally under the freezer section that connects to the freezer section?



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Change the filter. Depending on your water supply and where you are located, you will get a buildup of junk that smells like fish.
It should be changed about every 6 months.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009

  • David Shaub Feb 19, 2009

    There is only one water supply line.

    You either have a 1 year or 5 year warranty. What you are asking is not in the online service manual.

    Drip pans are located externally, otherwise, they would freeze.



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facing the frig remove the bottom panel that goes across the front and pull out the evaporator tray to see if it is dry

take a flashlight and see if you can see a plastic tube that the water should be dripping into the pan

try to trace the tube up into the frig ther is some type of catch basin inside the frig on the back panel usually around middle area

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