Getting Rid of Moldy Smell in Fridge

I've read extensively on getting rid of fridge odors and we are at a loss of what to do. Our old fridge leaked inside and we're pretty sure that caused a lot of mildew to build up. Because the fridge leaked we wanted to get rid of it. We just got a newish fridge (parents handed it down in great condition, only a few years old). We tossed the old fridge and input the new fridge. All of our food transferred over. 2 weeks into the new fridge and the same exact smell is back. It wasn't there at first when we got the new fridge. It took two weeks to show up. We've tossed everything that could even resemble old food including condiments, beverages, everything. We've gotten rid of labels off food items, tried baking soda, no cardboard, no more plastic containers. The smell still persists! Any solutions outside of the normal suggestions for handling fridge odors? We're really looking for the culprit. It's not the dripping, we've checked and this smell seems to have transferred from our old fridge to our new fridge. No moldy food at all. In fact we just re-stocked most everything! Any ideas or suggestions would help. Thanks.

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March 6, 20170 found this helpful

You must have mold coming up from the floor that the fridge is sitting on or in a wall adjacent to it. The smell is not transferring from one fridge to the other. The key fact is that both refrigerators are in the same location and developing mold.

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March 7, 20170 found this helpful

That's a really good thought. Do you know how we'd check for mold under the fridge or in the walls? The smell seems to be coming from inside the fridge--nothing smells in our apartment except when you open the fridge door and freezer. Also the leaking of the old fridge was internal--no water was leaked outside the fridge.

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March 6, 20170 found this helpful

Another possibility is that the newish fridge has a problem on its own. You can try to rid the smell by tossing EVERYTHING out, nothing left in the fridge, and then washing the entire inside-this site has a complete explanation and step by step directions:

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If the smell persists after thorough cleaning, the fridge may have a biofilm on the walls and surfaces. This site explains further:

medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.../biofilm

If biofilm is the cause of the smell, it is almost impossible to remove by any cleaning method. We had this problem and had to replace our fridge and all the contents to make sure no biofilm microorganisms were carried to the new fridge.

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March 7, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks, DCA...that's what we're in the process of doing now! Thank you for the helpful links.

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March 6, 20170 found this helpful

Are you using the same water line for the ice maker or water dispenser?

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March 7, 20170 found this helpful

No water lines for either fridge or ice makers! Simple fridge models.

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