Man looking in fridge

Fixing a Smelly Commercial Refrigerator

Why is My Commercial Refrigerator Smelly?

Your commercial refrigerator sees a lot of activity every day. Whether you're storing food, flowers, or medical supplies, there might be a time you notice a strong odor coming from the unit.

If your commercial refrigerator starts to smell, there's no need to panic! There are several things you can do to get rid of the odor and restore your fridge to its former glory.

Cool It! is here to discuss the most common causes of refrigerator odor and provide tips on how to eliminate them. Read on to keep your fridge smelling fresh!

Food Gone Bad

There are a few reasons why your commercial refrigerator might start to smell. One of the most common causes is spoiled food. When food goes bad or a spill is left uncleaned, it releases unpleasant odors that can quickly fill up the fridge.

If you notice a foul smell coming from your fridge, check the expiration dates on your food items. If any of them are past their due date, toss them out! And if you notice a spill, clean it up right away.

Mold and Mildew

Another common cause of refrigerator odor is mold or mildew. These growths can occur when there's too much moisture in the fridge. To prevent mold and mildew from growing, make sure to clean your fridge regularly and keep it well-ventilated. If you already have a mold or mildew problem, use a mixture of bleach and water to scrub down the affected areas, including gaskets, nooks, and crannies!


You should also make sure that your fridge is properly ventilated and maintained. If the coils on your fridge are covered in dust, they won't be able to do their job properly. As a result, the refrigerator will start to smell. To prevent this, clean your coils at least once a year. You can do this yourself with a brush or call us at (877) 960-1377 for help!

At Cool It!, we're here to help your business thrive with the help of our cold storage units. Contact our team to rent yours today!