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A fishy smell coming from fridge

A fishy smell coming fom fridge. The filter says it need to be replaced, not sure how to get that out.

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  • If you plan on looking into the problem yourself, firstly ensure the fridge is off, and unplugged before sticking fingers anywhere near a fan - plastic or not, i have seen 4 inch biscuit fan take the tip off an index finger of in a fraction of a second, so don't think for a minute because it's plastic, it won't bite.
  • Do not use any sharp pointed or metal objects to remove the fan or it's plastic cover, use fingers or flat blunt objects that can not puncture the lining of the fridge itself.
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  • Be extra careful when removing the shroud around the fan, it should simply either click in or there maybe small coverings, covering 3-4 screws around the unit.
  • Remove the fan cover, being again extra careful of the unit itself and check around with a flashlight and perhaps even a magnifying glass.
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