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When motor comes on there is a stale,odor

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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Check around the compressor area and the drain pan there might be a mouse or something dead under there make sure to unplug the fridge before you go messing around back there

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