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Most refrigerators are self defrost units so they automatically defrost the ice buildup. Every 6 to 8 hours the cooling coils are slightly heated and any frost that might have accumulated there melts instantly. The water residue drains into a shallow pan at the bottom of the refrigerator or freezer unit. Most of the time there is no need to empty the pan as the water evaporates on its own.
If there is an odor, or if mold starts to grow in the drain pan, it could become a health concern. Remove the drain pan and wash it with warm water and dishwasher soap.
Under your refrigerator and freezer unit, there is located a set of coils and a cooling fan. These components need to be cleaned at least once or twice a year.
Always unplug your refrigerator unit first. With a long reaching, specially made Refrigerator Condenser Brush, clean any lint, pet hair, dust and dirt from the coils.
If the gasket or the interior of your refrigerator unit needs cleaning, clean all the surfaces with dishwasher soap and warm water.
Try opening a fresh box of baking soda every few months to tackle everyday refrigerator odors. For tougher odors, try tough specialty cleansers, created especially for refrigerator odor removal.
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