Fan blows out a smell from underneath fridge could it be leaking gas.
New fridge with fishy odour
I have the same problem. At first I thought my husband spilled his beer into the fridge and cleaned it out to have the smell come back. Then I thought it smelled like urine. So I moved the fridge & cleaned the floor. Nothing. So I took the cardboard cover off the back and narrowed the smell down to the compressor. I have a repair guy coming on Friday to look at the fridge. If that solves it I will let you know. Crazy this is that I have only had this fridge for 10 MONTHS!
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Call the repairman back and say forget it ,on the motor youll see a flat pan ,like a cookie sheet on top ,the excess water from the freezer drains into a tube and into that pan as the motor gets hot it evaporates the water,just clean the pan,shut down fridge,unplug and let motor cool,clean the pan and tell hubby not to waste good beer lol
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Make sure you wash the refrigerator and freezer with a baking soda and water solution.
Then, place a few charcoal briquets in the fridge and freezer areas. The charcoal will absorb odors. It works wonders.
In one month, you can remove the briquets and scrape the outer layer off to renew the usefulness of the charcoal.
They freon used is mainly amonia,best thing to use is bleach put in spray bottle mix 70 percent water and 30 percent bleach squirt entire fridge let soak then wipe clean let air out as much as possible!!!! :)
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 www.reliableparts.com
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.
I have the same problem with the odor. I took the back off and discovered the drip pan was full of stagnant dirty water. This place is bacteria heaven. The problem I have now is that i cant seem to find a way to remove the pan without taking the motor out and everything. Any suggestions?