Odor Outside a Refrigerator
- How to remove odors or odd smells on the exterior of a refrigerator or freezer?
- Odor under a refrigerator from pests (rodents, insects, mice, etc.)
- Bad smell around refrigerator, interior smells fine
- High refrigerator/freezer temperatures
- Door seal cracked or torn
- Service error indicators on the control panel
- Standing water or other foreign matter in drain pan
- Clogged drain tubes or standing water on the refrigerator floor
- Extended power loss
- Determine if the odor is coming from the compressor area. See How to Clean the Condenser.
- A dirty condenser can create additional heat and a musty odor.
- Make sure the condenser fan works. If the condenser fan is inoperative, it can create heat and a musty smell.
- If the unit was recently installed or the room remodeled, construction in and around the unit can produce odors.
- Air movement in and around the machine may enhance normal “curing odors” from cabinet panel(s), wood stains, floor sealers, tile grout, or other adhesives.
- Consult with the contractor if this type of odor persists.
- If odor is coming from an area near the bottom of the unit:
- Remove and Clean the Drain Pan if needed.
- Check for any rodents or pet problems under the unit.
- Consult with a local pest control professional or home cleaning service.
- The unit may need to be removed from the opening to correct, and this would not be a warranty issue.
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