Had fish in fridge for one day defrosting it. The fridge started to smell so we thoroughly cleaned and defrosted fridge and freezer. the fridge still smells especially when the blowing air comes out of the fridge. We think the smell is in the air system or what ever cools the fridge because we can't get rid of the smell.
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These are no fun to clean. There is something in the defrost tray that is smelling. You need to post the make and model number and then get ready to unload the unit and take off the cover to get to the evaporator coils and clean them and the drain and tray.
PUT A BOX OF BAKING SODA IN REFRIGE AND 1 INTO FREEZER ALSO. BUT TAKE EVERYTHING OUT, MAKE SURE NOTHING SPILLED AND IS UNDER A DRAW ROTTING. IF ALL IS CLEAN INSIDE, PULL OUT REFRIDGE IN BOTTOM BACK IS AN EVAPORATOR PAN FOR CONDENSATION, SOMETIMES SOMETHING CRAWLS UP INSIDE GETS TRAPPED AND DIES.
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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.
Here's what you do. I know it is going to sound funny but it always works. Wad up a bunch of news papers and place them in the frige along with a stick of dynamite (only kidding about the dynamite) along with a box of baking soda. The newspapers will remove the smell in a couple of days.
The odor is coming from the defrost liquid Throw it away and clean the interior of the refrigerator with detergent and remove moisture. Dry it by opening the door for about 3 or 4 hours and then set the temperature control button at strong.
Mix 1/3 cup of bleach and 2/3 cup of water , and pour down drain tube (rear bottom in freezer section . Too much bleach and the smell of bleach would be circulated by the fan to the room , so be sure to add water .
the compressor is asealed unit and wont cause any smell but it does have a push on starter on the compressor pins under the cover (most likely cause) Possible other faults are defrost element or defrost timer
we had travelled to see grandmother for two days. Apparently my husband switched off the electicity from the mains. Came back found food in the freezer had defrosted meat, fish, liver etc and there was blood in it. i cleaned and all was well. After a week started to notice a foul smell coming from the back of the fridge where the stainless steel is. IT keeps getting bad by the day
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?