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Fridge problem When my Fridge is running, it is letting off a really bad odor in the back. It only seems to smell when it is kicking in to run. I have scrubbed the fridge and freezer clean so I know thats not what it is. Like I say the smell only comes from time to time.

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  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2008

    I also have a Fridgidaire less than 3 years old. Lately, when the compressor kicks on a really unpleasant odor emits from the bottom vent. I've cleaned everthing inside and out to no avail. There's no condensation in the drip pan. I've placed a deodorizor next to the drip pan, which helps somewhat but the root of the problem is still a mystery?

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2008

    i have a brand new frigidaire fridge and when the fan comes on it smells bad ive taken the back off twice now and the smell is coming from the condenser dont know why but im calling the repair man in and when i figure out what the problem is i will post it DONT BUY FRIGIDAIRE THERE JUNK


  • Anonymous May 08, 2008

    I Have the same problem and my fridge is only like 6 months old. It smells really bad and ther is nothing going on that I can find. Its really annoying and makes the kitchen smell horrible. It only does it when the fan kicks on

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Usually the smell is the water dripping into the pan under unit place cleaners and use charcoal inside unit to remove odars that collect on evaporator and get concentrated then go to drip pan

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