Smell Coming From Under a Refrigerator

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Most refrigerators have a removable drip tray underneath. Odors can originate there or from something lost beneath your fridge. This is a page about smelling coming from under a refrigerator.


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December 14, 2018

I have a Whirlpool refrigerator and it's blowing a nasty smell from the bottom of my fridge. Anyone have any ideas?


December 14, 20180 found this helpful

I would clean out the drip pan if I were you.

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December 14, 20180 found this helpful

Here is guidance from their website:

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December 14, 20180 found this helpful

It is recommended to routinely clean under the refrigerator, removing any dirt or items that may have gotten trapped under the refrigerator.



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December 15, 20180 found this helpful

The smell is most likely coming from your drip pan but it would probably be a good idea to clean behind and under your refrigerator.

Your refrigerator most likely has wheels and can safely be pulled forward as over time the coils do trap a lot of dust and dust can make your refrigerator run more than it should (less efficient).
Just be sure to watch where your electric cord is plugged into the wall.

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February 16, 20200 found this helpful

How do I remove the drip pan on my Whirlpool fridge?

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February 17, 2010

My refrigerator has a bad odor coming from the bottom drip pan. The pan is not removable. With my old refrigerator to clean the odor I would put baking powder all over the pan and the odor would be gone. How do I eliminate the odor if the pan is not removable? Thanks.


By anita from Allison Park, PA


February 18, 20100 found this helpful

Mine was from a dead mouse! I hope yours isn't.

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October 6, 20180 found this helpful

I think i have a dead mouse in mine!!! How did or where did you find it??

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September 6, 20190 found this helpful

Im wondering the same thing except looking under there I cannot see where a mouse might be. My cats are showing more interest as well. Ughhhh.
Yucky smell !

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February 17, 2010

Our new Frigidaire fridge has lost all coldness in the freezer. The tech said it was the evaporator and ordered the part. We removed all the food from the freezer, but now there is smell coming from underneath the fridge. The smell is not inside the unit, just blowing out from underneath. I removed the grill and checked out the non-removal drip pan and it is dry.


I was wondering if anyone has an idea on what this smell is and could it be toxic? I also did pull out the fridge and saw nothing underneath it. Also, the fridge section works fine, any suggestions would be great.


CC from OR


Smelling Coming From Under My Frigidaire Refrigerator

The smell has finally gone. I put some bleach water in the drip pan and it went away. Not sure if something dripped down there when the freezer went bad.

We are stuck with this fridge because it was the only one in our area that was the size we needed. I am going to buy the extended warranty next week.


By Topaz1

Smelling Coming From Under My Frigidaire Refrigerator

If you use a cleaner with orange in it that will help in eliminating odors. (03/16/2007)


By Nicole

Smelling Coming From Under My Frigidaire Refrigerator

The odor comes from the base tray that gets the defrost water. The design is bad because the tray cannot be removed to be cleaned. Remove the base front plastic grill, use a long brush to scrub and after clean with a wet rag with soap around the brush. Put a removable smaller tray in the original tray, so the next times you remove the tray to clean it. Also, you can clean behind the Frigidaire using a foam brush. (See pictures)

French: Les odeurs proviennent du cabaret au bas du Frigidaire qui reçoit l'eau de la glace fondue du dégivreur. Enlever la grille avant au bas et frottez le cabaret avec une longue brosse. Apprès lavez avec un chifon savonné attaché au bout de la brosse. Lorsque terminé, insérez un petit cabaret mobile pour faciliter les prochains nettoyages. (Voir photos) (11/15/2008)


By Renaud

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