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Whirlpool side by side 4yrs old has smelly odor coming from under fridge. was very dusty but didn't see anything else.

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If you just vacuumed the dust out from under the fridge , give it a few days , so the fan will pull any odor left on the previously dirty coils , out .

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A really bad odor problem. Sometimes something like milk or juice is spilled inside the fridge. The liquid can run under the plastic edge breakers and get into the insulation. This can be very difficult to clean and may require a service call to have the old insulation removed and replaced with new insulation in that section.

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