The odor comes from the back of the refrigerator, when the motor fan comes on. I have cleaned out freezer, frig and coils on bottom of refrigerator. t is a Kenmore with the freezer on the bottom. Is there a drip pan or drain I should be checking? The odor is very annoying.
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Hi, The smell could either be the fan motor or the defrost heating coil... Check out these tips...they can help you figure out what is going wrong withyour refrigerator Refrigeratornot Cooling or Fridge not Cooling
If your sure about spoiled food. Spoiled lemons are one of the worst, and the machine has not been abused, it's a problem of the selling dealer. Fan motors have been known to create an odor when their windings start to burn. Plastic items that become detached from the interior cabinet and wind up laying on the defrost heater which gets very hot during defrost is another, however, I would demand a service call (free) since everything on it is under warranty. Make sure it's creating the odor when the tech shows up.
I had the same problem, but just fixed it. I have a maytag bottom freezer and when the fan blower comes on, there was a foul/stale smell that permeated the kitchen. There is no drip pan that I could remove to clean.
I just removed four screws from the back cover of the fan blower area, reached in with a small cup of organic odor remover and poured it into the drip pan just under the fan blower.
Any odor remover would work. probably vinegar or enzyme odor remover would work, too.
I now have fresh smell when the fan blower comes on.
Tim, Clean the refrigerator completely with clorox and water. Unplug and remove the rear panel in the back of refrigerator and wash the evaporator coil with this solution. Check the amount of flow to the condensate pan below. The drain line has the gel and this contaminated smell from top to bottom and you will need to insure that all the smell remaining in the drain is draining freely and decontaminated with the clorox. Do these things and wash the remaining pan below the best you can and you will be set to go.
if its a foisty dirty water smell. it could be build up of dirty water in the the heat exchanger at the back at the base just pull it out and soak it up give it a good clean up and check for blockages etc could save you a few quid
YOU SAID, YOU HAVE KENMORE ELITE BOTTOM FREEZER WITH ICE MAKER THE ICE CUBES SMELL
HORRIBLE ALWAYS, I EVEN TOSS THEM OUT EVERY FEW DAYS, STILL SAME PROBLEM
Ice has bad odor and taste. 1• Ice has picked up odor or flavor from strong food stored in refrigerator or freezer. 2• Water running to ice maker has poor taste or odor. 3• Ice not used frequently enough. 4• Cover foods tightly. Discard stale ice. Ice maker will produce fresh supply. 5• Add filter to water supply line. Consult a water purifying company. 7• Discard stale ice.
If the icemaker motor or heater short out it will cause a foul odor. I have never heard it described as cooked broccoli, but it can be pretty bad. Remove the icemaker and inspect the bottom of it where the heater element is and remove the white cover of the motor and look in there. You can take the three screws out of the motor module and see if anything is burned on it.
If you can rule out the icemaker, the next things to check would be the evaporator fan motor and defrost heater. Generally, if a fan motor starts causing an odor it will stop running completely and if a defrost heater goes out it will quit defrosting. It is possible, but unlikely, that something has gotten into the evaporator area and is sitting on the defrost heater so that it is "cooking" during the defrost cycle.
Check the icemaker first, it is the most likely cause of the odor. Post back with complete model number if you need further assistance and we will go through checking everything else.