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Smell under the unit, kenmore elite model number 44703

Smell under the unit - milk spilled last week -insides cleaned thoroughly - no pan underneath this unit

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Hi: Not knowing your model number I would look where the milk was spilled and see if there is a hole. Possibly behind a panel for the defrost water. If so pour a little clorox bleach ane water in it. If not look for any cracks in the liner of your fridge. Those will expose the foam insulation to absorb the milk and cause odors. Clean them and seal them with teflon tape or a repair kit from the manufacture. On the off chanch the mild spilled to the front of the fridge and leaked behing the front grill the coils there are quite warm and will spoil milk fast. Pull the grill off and clean. I hope this helps, Jeff

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