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Odor in the fridge after the compressor broke down

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All refridgerators will develop an odor whenever they are turned off, or the temperature gets too warm. The reason for this is that the small microbes from the various food stored in the fridge will start to grow some bacteria which will make the fridge smell.

You should empty the fridge and freezer, turn it off and clean the inside with a solution of white vinegar and water (50/50 mix) and wipe all the surfaces and dry it off. Also clean out all the bins and shelfs and compartments. Then leave the doors propped open for a few hours to remove as much moisture as possible until it's dry and you can confirm there is no more smell.

Put back all the shelfs and such and turn the fridge back on and you should be fine. Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

Posted on Sep 09, 2009

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