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Hi, i ve got the refrigirator model # MBB1952hew, and for about 2 weeks to a mounth now it has a really bad stinking odor, my husband says it might be from the electrical oils inside. but i ve never seen a fridge stinking that much... how do i get rid od that smell and is it normal...should i call for service ??? thank you, Franny.

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Hi Franny. Welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly
Get yourself 2 boxes of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda... cut off the tops and place them in your refrigerator. In 6 weeks change them out.

Now.... there is reason that it can smell and that is that the catch pan under the unit if full of some nasty goo. Unplug the unit Remove the fiberboard rear cover and use a shop vac to clean out the catch pan. While in in the area clean the condenser coils and fan. You can have a deceased rodent under your refrigerator.

Two other things that I use on an empty and dry refrigerator is Mr. Muscle Mold and Mildew Remover (use gloves) first by spraying it on letting it soak for a few minute then wiping it off AFTER scrubbing with an OLD / well worn Scotch-Brite pad. Then wipe off with a damp cloth.... air dry... spray and wipe with Endust (Major trade secrets there) That is how we recondition used appliances.

All of the above should get rid of the odors.

Thanks for choosing FixYa.


Posted on Oct 01, 2010

Testimonial: "Kelly, thank you so much for the prompt reply, sure am gonna try it(better yet ,make the hubby do it ! gonna keep you posted on that and thanks"

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    Kelly Oct 12, 2010

    Just satisfying my own curiosity here. Do you still have a foul smelling refrigerator? I hope not but be honest if you reply.
    Take care,



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