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Bad smell coming from fridge

We have noticed a bad fishy smell coming from fridge, we cleaned it out looked under it behind it and cant find the problem. We have noticed the smell is strong coing from the fan in the back and inside when then the fan is on. The smell has changed in the last week from a fishy smell to a funk smell. GROSS We have had the fridge for 3 or 4 or so years and never had this happen before.
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  • theriveras Feb 04, 2008

    Thank you

  • theriveras Feb 04, 2008

    Thank you we will try. Do you think i could have to do with a liquid that may have leaked and drained out in to the fridge? I beleave the fridge has a drain inthe bottom under the crispers. We dont have any drain pan thing could this liquid be sitting in a tube or pan inside the fridge some where?

  • tra0808 Feb 26, 2008

    bad fish smell in deep freezer

  • trixy1 Jun 28, 2008

    Yes!! we just got our fridge about 3 weeks ago...the last few days have been horrible!! the smell is so strong we can barely take it!! It is a fishy musty smell...I"ve cleared out the fridge 2 times in the last 3 days looking for the "funk" as the last person wrote-still can't find it! Please HELP! let me know if the fan solution worked.


  • dproctor_65 May 04, 2009

    I have a 1 year old Fridgidaire side by side, the smell that we are getting reminds us of dirt. My wife has cleaned both the freezewr and the refridge and we stilll have the smell. yesterday i even turned off the water to the icemaker thinking that the oder was coming from the water.

    Any suggestions?

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Our new under the counter Hotpoint larder fridge has developed a strong fishy smell coming from the back. What can be the cause.



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Is there any chance that small food particles have simply fallen into the fan and now trapped near or behind the fan ?

If this is the case, the food may be lodged in such a way that either heat given off from the fan or the fact the food may not be getting cool/frozen any longer, may have sent the food bad and is now generating the smell you describe.

I don't know of any fridge gas that smells like fish or funk as you put it, most are fairly neutral smelling or odorless to a point and certainly would not smell the way you have described.

  • Make sure the area is well ventilated ( run a pedestal fan nearby or open a window ), fridge gas can be harmful, even in small amounts ( especially if you don't know you're breathing it ), and if the smell is as bad as you say, you may very well be gasping for air.
  • Always have someone nearby when you attempt to do your own repair work of this nature, you just never know when you might need their assistance.
  • 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.
  • ( trust me when i say i speak from experience on this )
  • 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.
  • If you can not find any offending objects, it is probably best to replace the fan and shroud and call the repair guy.

Posted on Feb 04, 2008

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    Ian Hart Feb 05, 2008

    Most fridges will have a drain hole somewhere, usually along the back wall, there will be a gutter system that drains into a small hole/recessed part - which has a pipe that drains down underneath into an evaporation area ( usually sits in a collection tray above the motor or heat source ) and on some models this tray is removable ( in my opinion it should be removable on all models, but when you find the tray, you can usually throw some material like an old bath towel in there to soak up the excess fluids, but they should also evaporate in time, leaving behind dried flakes of food particles. This can also leave a faint fish like smell, due to the fact that any moisture built up can dissolve the flakes and as you can imagine, they might give off some sort of odor.

    The dried particles usually never smell strongly as such, more likely to leave behind an algae growth or perhaps a type of mold and in my experience this can leave a faint smell, but is usually not foul smelling like you have described, but it certainly worth a shot - considering on some model fridges, it is possible that larger items then just food particles can get in there, usually more likely to be small rodents or roaches etc.

    Yes i would happen to agree with you, what i am saying here is not the most pleasant of subjects to be discussing, but they are also unfortunately very real possibilities.



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Unplug fridge. Remove the panel on the back of the fridge look for dead rodents or fungal growth in the drain pan. consult your local appliance parts distributor for a product called kleene air or try

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