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Terrible odor in refrigerator even after defrost and cleaning

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Use a clorine bleach to flush out drains(pref high pressure)then wipe out interior with bicarb,then damp cloth to wipe off excess.(clorine will dissipate as gas if door left open for 1/2hour.)

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Clean the drain tub in backside of the fridge over compresser

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2when I open refrigerator door there is a terrible odor from the refrigerator. Have removed anything in the refrigerator that could possibly be smelling. got any ideas?

Have you removed the bins and cleaned under them. Sometimes the overflows and drips accumulate there.

It the refrigerator is clean, then baking soda usually helps with absorbing the odor.

But if you still have odor being produced and the unit is clean, you need to look further. If it is a chemical smell you might want to roll the unit out and check to make sure that there isn't a creamy looking liquid on the floor, which COULD be freon.

But the most likely item is that you have some bacteria growing in the drain line that is producing the odor. Suggest you mix a 50/50 mix of bleach and water and pour that down the drain to kill the bacteria. Do that several times over a day or two and see if the odor goes away.

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We have a terrible odor from fridge side. Cleaned it 3 times..found nothing and odor persists Any suggestion? No odors when doors are closed

What does it smell like? Burnt plastic , mold , rotten food? Check gaskets and temp in fridge, food could be spoiling. It is tough to get serious odors out of fridges. Bleach, vinegar are good for killing odors. Check manufactures recommendations.

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There is an interior odor that is terrible, took all food out washed interior following manual instructions. Side by side

look, alsounder and behind sometimes all defrosted water/ice from freezer lands in a self contained pan unedr ref.

Jan 21, 2010 | Refrigerators

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Water has collected and stagnated

The defrost pan does not remove for cleaning.(Nice idea engineers). The newer plastic is supposed to be mixed with a antibacterial to avoid this situation. I may not be the water that is the problem. Cleaning it will take some creativity on your part. You need a stiff but flexible rod(PVC?) and some rags. It can be done just not easily.

Jan 19, 2010 | Kenmore 20.6 cu. ft. Top Freezer...

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2 yr old sid by side - power went off, loss everything, smells awful from shrimp etc... cleaning to no avail...what else can we do or use? HELP!

A side by side should be easier to clean out than other style refrigerators. You must clean out the defrost drain pan. It is where the defrost water normally collects and subsequently evaporates, located by the compressor and the fan, behind the refrig. For any remaining odors, I've had success with using this product, available at Do It Best hardware and other sources.
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Fish odor in freezer and fridge

Unplug first. You will need to clean the inside of the refrigerator and the freezer with a good cleaner and warm water. After this you need to remove the rear panel in the back of the freezer and spray water with Clorox on the evaporator coil and pour some of the solution down the defrost condensate drain to disinfect and remove the odors that drain down that hole to be evaporated and returned to the air in your home. That should take care of the fish smell, Please rate my solution, Thanks, Sea Breeze

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Refrigerator Odor

sounds like fungus in the drain tube
unplug fridge p\and pour some bleach in the freezer
it stinks but it will kill the smell
after 10 min or so take fridge to patio and hose her down water will not hurt the fridge it will however clear the drain lines
and it might be a good time to clean the coils and the colection tray under the back of the fridg any way

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Terrible odor! Washed inside & still stinks! NOW what?

try coffee grounds in it. take and put it inside and leave it in for a while. also have you cleaned out the drain pan yet?

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Fishy odor, how to clean or remove odor

This is a trick my wife uses when she stores fish in the refrigerator. Put about 2 cups of vinegar in the refrigerator and leave it there for 4-6 hours.

Let me know that works for you and please rate this!

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Foul rotting vegetable type odor in top of Kenmore refrigerator

If the icemaker motor or heater short out it will cause a foul odor. I have never heard it described as cooked broccoli, but it can be pretty bad. Remove the icemaker and inspect the bottom of it where the heater element is and remove the white cover of the motor and look in there. You can take the three screws out of the motor module and see if anything is burned on it.
If you can rule out the icemaker, the next things to check would be the evaporator fan motor and defrost heater. Generally, if a fan motor starts causing an odor it will stop running completely and if a defrost heater goes out it will quit defrosting. It is possible, but unlikely, that something has gotten into the evaporator area and is sitting on the defrost heater so that it is "cooking" during the defrost cycle.
Check the icemaker first, it is the most likely cause of the odor. Post back with complete model number if you need further assistance and we will go through checking everything else.

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