Odor Inside a Refrigerator
- How to remove odors or odd smells on the interior of a refrigerator
- Bad odor in the refrigerator
- Removing odors from inside a refrigerator
- High refrigerator/freezer temperatures
- Door seal cracked or torn
- Service error indicators on the control panel
- Standing water or other foreign matter in the drain pan
- Clogged drain tubes or standing water on the refrigerator floor
- Extended power loss
- Sanitize the unit before storing food inside it.
- A new unit can have a “new unit smell” for many months after installation, so always clean the unit before using it the first time.
- Cleaning clears the unit of stale air trapped during shipment.
- Clean recent spills.
- Recent spill in the unit can cause odors. Determine where the spill occurred and where it went.
- The spill may reach the drain trough or drain pan area.
- If the drain tube needs to be cleaned, see also:
- Clean the shelving. For more instructions, refer to:
- Uncovered food may create odors in the unit and will require that the unit be cleaned. Refer to the Sub-Zero Cleaning Reference for cleaning product recommendations and instructions.
- Persistent odors may require disassembly and cleaning of the evaporator by a Factory Certified Service Company.
- In extreme cases, the unit may need to be removed from the opening to find the odor and installed.
- Remove all shelving and clean again. If odors persist after cleaning, shelves may need to be replaced.
- Thoroughly clean the unit's interior to include drain pan, tubes, gaskets, and all crevices using warm water, dish detergent, and a capful of bleach.
- Block the doors open and keep a fan blowing into the unit interior for a few days if possible.
- Place crumpled-up newspapers, charcoal briquettes in a container, activated charcoal in a container, or fresh coffee beans (ground coffee can be used but may not be as effective) in the affected compartment. Replace daily to help absorb odors.
- Factory Certified Service may be able to help with more thorough cleaning of the ice maker, drain tube, evaporator, or fan areas.
- If all avenues have been attempted and proven unsuccessful after several weeks, the unit may not be salvageable. Consider contacting the applicable renter's or home owner's insurance company for resolution.
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