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Hello i am having a foul smell coming from underneath the refrigerator. it doesn't have the drip pan on it..i removed it due to a previous foul smell..are these refrigerators known to have this type of problem?..Its an admiral and i've had it for 13 years. it works fine with the exception of that smell..it starts smelling when the motor turns on..smells like urine. please help as i can't purchase another one at this time.

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The smell is bacteria caused by condensation from the drain pipe/drip pan,syringe with chlorine bleach, all fridges will smell if not looked after in the proper manner....but how many of us read the book......(if you removed the drip pan then you have the bacteria all over your floor.....will discolour/ruin any surface/carpet...

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