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Removing Refrigerator and Freezer odors

I have a Kenmore Refrigerator model #2539768011. The refrigerator was left unplugged for several days resulting in a very strong odor in both the refrigerator and the freezer. After several attempts at cleaning them (i.e. Cleaning with baking soda & warm water; open boxes of baking soda, and bleach & water) the odor still remains. I noticed liquids collecting in the tray/pan underneath the freezer; however, I can't seem to find out how to get to the tray/pan. Is this something I can do myself or do I need a repair man?

Kenmore , Refrigerators , Appliances
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by Manage My Life
January 12th, 2013
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scott d
Thank you for your question. I can understand your concern about the odor in the fridge. Some odors can be very difficult to get out and sometimes it won't ever leave. First remove everything and clean the cabinet with a mild detergent and warm water. Here are a few additional things you can do that might get it out:

Charcoal - Put a couple of bowls of charcoal inside the freezer in different areas. The charcoal will draw the odor to them. Replace the charcoal every 2 days for approximately a week.

Baking soda - Same as the charcoal

Vanilla - Put a small amount of vanilla on a rag and leave it inside the freezer. Change it every 2 days for approximately a week.

* Odor rid - You can order some odor rid # 8171398 and hang it in the freezer. This is available at



These are some things that can be done that may work.

The drain pan on this model shows to be on top of the compressor. If you're having a hard time getting to the pan, remove the screws holding the base plate and very carefully slide it out far enough, to access the pan. It's easy to damage the refrigerant lines when sliding the plate out, so be very careful. If the lines get damaged this can turn into a very expensive repair. I hope this helps you. If you would like more assistance, reply to this thread and I will be glad to assist you further. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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 Earned 139,392 community points in Appliances
January 14th, 2013
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