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My Refrigerator Smells Like Fish

My Refrigerator Smells Like Fish

Is your fridge emitting a fishy odor? It could be for one of these reasons.

One of the most common problems with household refrigerators has nothing to do with their ability to refrigerate your food. Rather, if you are reading this blog post, you might be aware that it has an olfactory nature to it. That’s right; if your refrigerator smells like fish, you are not alone. This issue is not a rare problem and has one of multiple solutions, which we will discuss below. If you need a professional refrigerator repair company, you can call Landers Appliance in Baltimore, MD!

Possible Reasons Your Refrigerator Smells Like Fish

Rotten Food

Rotten food is the most common culprit. Your refrigerator might smell like fish due to leftover fish that has gone worse than bad. All you need to do is to remove the offending food into your outdoor trash can and clean out your refrigerator. Once you do this, your refrigerator will smell clean and fresh again.

A Dirty Drip Pan

If no forgotten leftovers are to blame, it could be a dirty drip pan. The drip pan is a container that collects condensation from the defrost drain. Usually, this condensation evaporates into the air. It is possible for the drip pan to collect water that becomes stagnant, which in turn can cause bacteria and mold to flourish. The result is a refrigerator that smells something akin to rotten fish.

Malfunctioning Refrigerator

What if your refrigerator does not have either of these problems? There is no need to fret. If you are good at trial and error, you can determine if the problem is your refrigerator’s fan, motor, thermostat, startup relay, or overload sensor. Your fridge might show other signs that indicate which part is malfunctioning. 

If you would rather have an appliance repair professional help you out, Landers Appliance is more than happy to be of service. We perform preventative maintenance, repairs, parts replacements, and new installations.

How to Remove That Fishy Smell

Once you resolve the problem, it’s time to get rid of that fishy smell. Clean all exposed surfaces of your refrigerator with warm, soapy water. A white vinegar and water solution is ideal for getting rid of tough odors and bacteria. Wipe down the surfaces before replacing fridge shelves and food items. 

Contact Landers Appliance Today!

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We service the entire Greater Baltimore Area, including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties as well as Baltimore City. Call our office before 12:00 pm weekdays at 410-682-3232, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. “We’ll go out of our way to provide you with the best service you’ve ever received.”

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