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Terrible smell coming from outside the refrigerator, mostly from the drain pan and rear coils.
Kenmore - Top Freezer
Model # 253.6481040E
Serial # BA773447031

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
November 16th, 2011

We had a snowstorm that knocked out the power for 4 days. There was some chicken in the freezer and the juices dripped down through the inside back of the freezer into the drain pan. There is a terrible smell that fills the entire apartment.
The entire fridge/freezer has been completely emptied and cleaned out with a soap and water mix. The smell is coming from the back of the fridge where the coils are and from the bottom where the drain pan is.
The drain pan is non-removable and is sitting on top of the compressor with insulation foam around it.
I mixed a Clorox & water solution and used a turkey baster to squirt it into the drain pan to try to get rid of the smell. The smell is not as strong but it is still there and is unbearable at times.
There is not enough room to fit a sponge in the drain pan so I do not know how to clean it or how to remove the smell. Please help!

Air Compressors , Kenmore , Refrigerators , Appliances
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scott d
Thank you for your question. I can understand your concern. To clean this drain pan, the base will need to be lowered, to gain access to it. The unit will need to be tilted forward for this. The door will need to be taped closed and be sure to remove anything that may spill or break. Be very careful when lowering the base because it will be easy to damage the refrigerant lines, which would then lead to a very costly repair. Another alternative will be to place some Clorox tablets in the drain pan. It may take awhile for this odor to leave. I hope this will help you.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

by scott d
November 16th, 2011
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Joseph Perez
I know this type of information can be very helpful for you to have. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I did some research on the unit. I was unable to locate information that would be helpful with regards to your question at this time. Your expert will answer within 24-48 hours with detailed information. Thank you for using Manage My Life.
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November 14th, 2011
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