I believe that there was something that may have drained into the pan under the refrigerator and over flowed as evidenced by a stain on the floor I cleaned up when I pulled out the refrigerator from the wall. The floor is clean but the smell remains. I tried to fine instructions to remove the pan for cleaning but can not locate them. Before I start to dissemble the unit, what is your suggestion?
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Re: Smell from under the side by side.
Mix a solution of baking soda and water, open freezer section and right at bottom fofreezer back wall you seee vents cut in plate, they lead to draintube and eventually to drain pan(which in most new models is not removable) pour the solution down the drain(maybe a cup or so), the waterwill evaporate and the baking soda will remain absorbing odors
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Check the drain pan under unit. Maybe something has got in there. May need to remove the back our go through the front. Can pour a very small amount of bleach our Lysol to kill in the drain pan to kill mold. Hope that helps.
Is it a musty smell or that of something / (rodent) decomposing? If you only smell it when it is running then look for BLACK gunk that will probably appear almost like a paste. Even things like cat or dog hair will collect in damp areas. There should be a white plastic drip pan under your unit. Look for the freezer white plastic drain hose on the rear bottom of your unit on the freezer side and follow that hose to the drip pan. It catches water every time the unit defrosts which is 3 - 4 times a day depending on which defrost timer your unit has.
Usually there is a build up in the drip pan that gets mucky and then stinks like mold. It will of course need cleaned.
Also look at the fan area for the coils. Sometimes there are unwanterd home critters that attempt to get through the running fan blades and end dead up inside the cooling coil metal radiator area.
The drain is at the bottom inside the freezer section. It is possible a piece of something got behind a panel, or otherwise in a "hidden" spot. Or something is in the defrost water tray underneath and every time it defrosts, it gets wet and releases the odor again. Look in the drain pan by removing the kick plate (bottom grate under the doors) and look in the drain pan to see if anything is there. Use a few open boxes of baking soda in the fridge (to absorb odors), and wipe the inside with some vanilla extract. that combination will help with the odor. But the source of the odor needs to be removed first.
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You may have had something drip and somehow get under the
fridge. I know blood dripping from meat will smell. It could have dripped down
through the defrost drain tube to the pan underneath. You can access the pan
from the rear by removing the cardboard cover. If the smell seems to be coming
from the pan, it's difficult to remove so I would just pour some bleach in it
to kill any smell and you may can wipe it out from there. The drain tube may
also have the smell in it so you can pour some bleach into it from the inside
of the freezer at the bottom of the rear panel. You can move the fridge to see
if anything is pooled on the floor that might smell.
drain pans are no longer removable. to clean. can remove back panel or btm frt kickplate and look for pan. spray lysol down their and clean out the coils.the only reason it should smell is if anything spoiled in ref. and got into drain system. you can try and vacumm up whats in the pan but you will have little room. unplug ref from wall before you go poking around.
check its not the drained ice water which collects on a pan over the compressor. the compressor heat is supposed to evaporate it .that foul smell might be due to that.
if that is the case ,switch off fridge , clean , dry , the pan & see .