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Weird smell from refrigerator

I have a kenmore side by side refrigerator, model # 106.55222400 that's about 3 or 4 years old. It's started recently where I'm getting a odd odor coming from somewhere underneath the refrigerator. Its not the smell of a dead animal but more like a rotten water smell. It does have a water tray underneath but It doesn't seem to be removable. Any ideas on what the smell might be??


I've pulled out the refrigerator to see if anything was behind but found nothing.

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Is the smell from inside the refrigerator or on the outside? If outside, it is possible a humid smell from the condensate drainpan water evaporating. You could put a very small amount (a couple of granules) of pool chlorine in the drainpan.

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