There is a tray at the back of the fridge that accumulates water that gives off this foul odour, cleaning the tray is difficult as it cannot be removed so I have to lie on the floor take handtowel and keep swapping up the water until it is dry..................Recently we had a hurricane and was away from home, after one week with all the rotten food and meat it was tedious cleaning the tray out............the smell from the fridge is awful after one day. HELP
IS THIS TRAY ON TOP OF THE COMPRESSOR ? IF IT IS THE HEAT FROM THE COMPRESSOR SHOULD EVAPORATE IT... IF IT IS NOT THEN TRY HAVING A DRIAN HEATER INSTALLED IN IT YOU CAN BUY THEM AT ANY APPLIANCES SERVICE PARTS HOUSE THEY USE THEM FOR COMMERICAL UNITS HAVE A SERVICE TECH DO THE JOB
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The water is supposed to drain from the coil area every time the fridge goes through a defrost cycle to get ice off the fins. The water should drain out into an evaporating tray adjacent to the motor/pump unit. Obviously it is not draining, so when the freezer freezes again the remaining water freezes and eventually creates a mini glacier in the fridge which floods every defrost cycle. The culprit is accumulation of years of gunk in the drain tray or drain tube or a little funnel like apparatus that feeds into the evap. tray. The fix is as follows: Shut the fridge off, unplug it and gain acces to the cooling fins/drip tray area. (I found a good video that explains the process sep by step for the kenmore freezer down type. I would link it but dont have a clue how to do that) . Carefully chip away at the ice with a wooden spatula -- not a crow bar. When most of the ice is gone pour hot water to melt what is left and get it flowing down to the evap tray. You may send too much water down there but such is life. Clean up the water that has run all over the kitchen. Dry out the fridge with a good table clothe and put it back together. Your fridge/ freezer will work now, but it will ice up again. Time for part 2 of the fix. Pull the fridge out, remove the back panel, and with the aid of a light follow up from the evap tray and find the little funnel affair. Pull it off and fill the sink with warm soapy water and use a bottle brush to scrub that rubber thingy. It is unreal how much crud gets stuck in there over the years. If I had had access to a new rubber drain piece I would have gladly thrown the old one out skipped the scrubbing. At this point the fridge is as fixed as it is going to get. It is unreal how many fridges are thrown out over this flooding issue and the fix is quite easy as you will see.
Hi and welcome to FixYa I am Kelly. If you are using it and need to keep using it buy about 4 boxes of arm and hammer baking soda and cut the top off. Place 3 in fresh food compartment and one in the freezer. It takes time but it does eventually pull out that odor. However... you need to look under the refrigerator at the water catch basin plastic tray. Often liquids from a defrosted refrigerator drain into the pan down there and dry out. Then everytime the unit auto defrosts (2 - 3 times a day that) bad odor is noticed again because the water produced from defrosting liquifies the material in the plastic tray. You should clean that tray really well and wipe out all of the black goo / gunk. Make sure you look at the very end of the cabinet drain tube also that terminates in that same pan. I have found that using Mr. Muscle mold and mildew cleaner does a really good job of cleaning and removing that foul smell. A trade secret here we use Endust on a dry clean inner cabinet to make them smell good and shine.
the bottom tray/salad compartment will always get a fair amount of condensation because they are glossy plastic(bathroom paint is matt)the only "cure" is kitchen towel under the tray and remove once a week.as for the drain it is normally at the back and does collect a fair amount of "moss"in the tube,pour some clorine bleach down to clear any out.the design of the shelves directs the side/back condensation down the drain.
there should be a tray that guides water from freezer to a drain located in the fridge section normally held with one screw . take it off and unclog drain ( use a vacuum to **** out sludge) clean tray/guide and mount back on. make sure all moisture is cleaned out after drain is cleared.
All refrigerators create water when their cooling coils shed frost build-up - that water typically collects in a tray under the fridge body through a drainage tube that exits from a collection trough inside the fridge under the coil through the back of the fridge housing.
First check the tray to be sure it is not accumulating food particles which ultimately can produce molds. Clean any water from that tray first, then look for the tube exiting on the back of the fridge see whether there is any moisture at the end of the tube under the fridge and notice whether the tray has had any recent moisture. Chances are the tube is either plugged or similarly any connector through the fridge wall.
Now, be CAREFUL not to puncture the hose or the connector with a sharp instrument however the drain path must be cleared. Try blowing through the drain inside the fridge with a straw, then add a small amount of baking soda into the collection trough, adding a small amount of water to dissolve and allow this to gradually drain out normally. Only detach the outside tube if the problem has not been resolved in this manner. The tube can be replaced easy enough, the connector through the back is another question - see you parts dealer if it has been compromised.
If the freezer is on top then empty out the freezer and remove the bottom and back liner of the freezer compartment usually phillips screws. In the back you will see the freezer coils along with a defrost element. Below these two items u will see a drip tray that collects water from the coils on defrost cycle, in the center of the pan will be a drain hole that connects to a hose that leads to a pan under the refrigerator.Normally the water is collected there and evaporated. The hole in the tray in the freezer is clogged. Thaw it and clean it until you can pour water in it and it goes to the pan down below. please rate me
My guess is you have a blocked defrost drain. The water instead of going down its drain goes down the backside of the frig and pools up under the crispers. Blow out the defrost drain. The only other thing to look for is bad door gaskets.
The automatic defroster is supposed to drip down a tube and deposit water into a tray underneath the refrigerator. If that tube becomes clogged with either ice or mold, water is supposed to drip down the back of the refrigerator and go under the crispers, but there is a drain under there that takes it to the tray under the refrigerator. That drain might get clogged with mold or food.
So my suggestion is, try to clear out the drains under the crispers. More difficult, remove the floor of the freezing compartment and clear out the drain there. If it is severely clogged with ice under there, you have a defrosting problem.
In this hot, muggy weather you are likely to get lots of condensation. Good luck.
I have just removed the drip tray from my fridge freezer and it was relatively easy.
Do not remove the compressor unit.
The drip tray is held in place by a metal clasp which is welded to the top of the compressor. The clasp is a flat piece of metal which must physically twisted to align with the key way in the plastic drip tray. I used thin pair of pliers to grip the clasp and twist it clockwise to line up with the tray key way. The tray then has to be carefully manouvred off the compressor so as not to cause damage or spill it foul smelling contents. This I managed to achieve fairly easily.
Clean out and install then twist the clasp to clamp the tray into position. I don't know what would happen if you didnt lock the tray back in position as it does not seem capable of falling off on its own and it would be easier to remove next time.
I have the same problem with the odor. I took the back off and discovered the drip pan was full of stagnant dirty water. This place is bacteria heaven. The problem I have now is that i cant seem to find a way to remove the pan without taking the motor out and everything. Any suggestions?