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I had this happen with the fridge in my shop, which is an older model. Have you had anything in the freezer leak any liquids at all? Maybe something you put in that was not frozen yet and could have leaked some blood or fruit juice? My problem was blueberries my wife had put in there in zip lock bags and one had leaked. The pan you see (I believe) is to catch the water when the freezer unit goes through the defrost cycle. Any liquids from the freezer compartment will also drain into this pan. IF this is one of those set-ups where the pan is on top of the compressor so the compressor heats the pan to facilitate evaporation you can understand that any fluids from the freezer will evaporate and leave behind the proteins and such which will rot and stink. IF this is the case, a thorough freezer and pan cleaning is in order. To make matters worse in my case, I found out that the water in the pan from the defrost cycle was a breeding ground for mosquitoes. A few drops of vegetable oil down the freezer floor drain tube, every couple of weeks, keeps the mosquito larvae dead. Good Luck, David
 

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Maybe I should have elaborated on cleaning the fridge and freezer. As the unit was in my shop I took it to the garage door of the shop, took off all the interior panels that I could get off to expose the insides. The blueberry juice had gotten into places I would have never thought about. I took a garden hose and washed it down good, sprayed it with "Greased Lightning" cleaner and hand washed everything I could. I even laid it on it's side to wash out all the underside. It dried for a couple of days before putting back together and then I ran it there for a couple of more days before putting it back in place. Thankfully it fired right up and has been running ever since. Now the wifey, in one of her brain f*rts, wants me to clean the fridge in the house like that. Hmmm, let's see now, there are nine (9) steps leading down from the back deck, six (6) steps on the front porch- -maybe I'll just wash it in the kitchen. :yes:
 
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