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How do I clean my drain pan on my side by side refrigerator it smells

My refrigerator smells its coming from the drain pan HELP!!!

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Hi. Thanks For The Question. Pull Fridge Away From THe Wall. Remove Back Panel Clean All Coils. Remove Drip Pan. Clean. Thanks The Appliance Doc

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If you would like to clean any dirt or debris from the drain pain you can use a vacuum attachment to get inside and clean any residue within the drain pan. You can also use warm water and bleach to help disinfect the drain pan prior to vacuuming it out. If that does not help you may want to consult with a professional technician for additional cleaning to be completed within your Frigidaire refrigerator. Best of luck! -Matt

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I understand that you are receiving a smell from the engine area of your Frigidaire refrigerator. I would recommend cleaning your drain pan area, you can do that by using water and bleach in a spray bottle then spraying it into the drain pan. Also, get a vacuum attachment to help suck out any debris located in the drain pan. You can also seek consultation with a professional technician for additional assistance if needed. I hope this helps. -Matt

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Refrigerator smells horrible , but there is NOTHING spoiled in it.

You might have something smelly in the defrost drain pan. The easiest thing to do would be to take the back off the fridge and see if the defrost drain pan smells bad...if so just clean it out with soap and hot water. don't use anything too strong smelling to clean it though, you don't want your fridge to smell like bleach or pine sol.

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I have a very bad smell coming from the back of my refrigerator. The fridge itself is clean and there isn't any turned food inside. I can't figure out what's causing this awful smell.

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