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Bad smell coming from back of fridge

The smell seems to be coming from a black odd shaped drip pan. It looks like an adhesive of some sort was added to hold the tray over the motor, but it is soft and I can move the tray around but have no idea how to take it out. there does seem to be a drain tube directly over the tray

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The adhesive is a contact adhesive and gets soft from the heat of the compressor. The idea is that condensate drips from the in cabinet drain onto this drainpan. The drainpan then is heated by the compressor running and water evaporates. The drainpan can get yucky from dust and bugs collecting in it. Difficult to remove but not impossible, you just glue it back in place when you refit. It is usually glued in place at the time the compressor is fitted. Your best bet would be to clean it in place and spong up the liquid. I usually put in a quarter teaspoon of granular chlorine (pool) into the drainpan and this keeps things a bit cleaner.

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