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clevere1
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[Appliances] How to clean out fridge water lines?

Hi All! I have a Maytag side-by-side fridge with built in water dispenser. The dispenser has been sitting a couple of months unused (it needed a new filter and I was being lazy). I am concerned that the water sitting in there all this time might have caused some bacteria build up. So I am curious, what's the best way to clean out the water line?

The ice dispenser has been working all this time btw.
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skipon11
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Just let water run through it, until you feel that it is fresh.


Boricua
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reply to clevere1
On the filter packaging it will tell you whether to run the new filter for certain amount of time or certain amount of water (a gallon or two).
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clevere1
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So no needs to worry about the water that was sitting in the line for a few months? That's my biggest concern.
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Where's th' DAFFY DUCK EXHIBIT??


John97
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said by clevere1:

The ice dispenser has been working all this time btw.

You do realize that the water for the icemaker also goes through the same filter, right?
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clevere1
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said by John97:

said by clevere1:

The ice dispenser has been working all this time btw.

You do realize that the water for the icemaker also goes through the same filter, right?

yup. It's not the filter I am concerned about it. It's the water line from the filter to the water dispenser, which I think is different than the ice maker. (I could be wrong)
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reply to clevere1

you know these lines can be replaced if that worried


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reply to clevere1
My oldest daughter is a dental hygienist... and her office cleans their rinse water lines everyday with an antibacterial fluid to ensure cleanliness. If your lines sat idle for any length of time, I'd advise that they be disinfected in about the same way. Hydrogen peroxide may be the way to go! I'll see if I can find out what they use.

A quick phone call yielded this: a 1:10 solution of common chlorine bleach(Clorox), followed by a clear water rinse.
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chip89
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reply to clevere1
Just run vinegar though & rinse with water after. It works what's what Keurig says to do to clean out there stuff.

robbin
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Vinegar is for an entirely different purpose. Chlorine bleach would be the thing to use.


mityfowl
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reply to clevere1
So how are you proposing to run the bleach through the lines?

Gravity?


chip89
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reply to robbin
Still running Vinegar though would be a good thing to do while it's open due to the build up in the lines.


Jack_in_VA
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reply to clevere1
replied to wrong post. Sorry.


Jack_in_VA
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said by chip89:

Still running Vinegar though would be a good thing to do while it's open due to the build up in the lines.

Build up of what in the lines? Mine are just as clean inside as the day they first had water applied to them.


Pacrat
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Those of us with hard water are plagued by mineral (lime) buildup on most plumbing fixtures. Count your blessings if you're not subject to it.


chip89
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reply to Jack_in_VA
I see you don't have hard water. Lime build up.


Jack_in_VA
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I have hard water but I have a water softener that works very well. No problems with buildup anywhere.


mildline

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reply to clevere1
you are right to be concerned. mildew or algae or other growth can occur in any line or valve that has been left sitting.

e.g. - with one of those water dispensers with the 5 gallon bottles, they can get green growth slime etc in just a week of regular use.

vinegar is weak acetic acid, about 5%. good for dissolving white deposits.
bleach is weak sodium hydroxide, typically 6%. pool bleach is 12%. good for dissolving mildew and algae etc.

as mentioned, run bleach through that line. perhaps you can disconnect that short line itself, and clean it alone.

another option not mentioned is running boiling water through the line.
or boiling the line itself, to sterilize it.

note too that you will want to clean the valve itself.

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Bleach is a solution of sodium hypochlorite, not sodium hydroxide. Sodium hydroxide is in drain cleaner.


mityfowl
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reply to clevere1
I repeat How are you guys going to get any solution in a 1/4" line?


DarkHelmet

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said by mityfowl:

I repeat How are you guys going to get any solution in a 1/4" line?

The fridge has a pump. Turn the water off and detach the line. Put it in a bucket of cleaner then push the water button on the fridge. Or do something like this article says.
»www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/2···646.html


Jack_in_VA
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reply to clevere1
Of the millions of refrigerators with ice makers and water dispensers just how many actually worry about cleaning them much less "trying" to do it?

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said by Jack_in_VA:

Of the millions of refrigerators with ice makers and water dispensers just how many actually worry about cleaning them much less "trying" to do it?

Very few people in USA bother to regularly sanitize all water paths in appliances.

*** Note for OP, we discussed some methods in: »[Appliances] sanitizing ice makers


printscreen

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reply to DarkHelmet
Perhaps I am mistaken and some do but never heard of a refrigerator with a pump for the water dispenser. At least mine does not have one.


DarkHelmet

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said by printscreen:

Perhaps I am mistaken and some do but never heard of a refrigerator with a pump for the water dispenser. At least mine does not have one.

Something like this.
»www.ebay.com/itm/D-Kenmore-Refri···92847812


Jack_in_VA
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1 edit
Deleted. Trying to limit the MAYHEM on this topic.


DarkHelmet

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said by Jack_in_VA:

BS I just tested this incorrect information. I unplugged my unit and the water dispenser works just fine. Drew out a lot just to be sure there was not a pressurized vessel. A pump requires electricity, unplugged there is no electricity. Water dispenser works.

Unplugged mine doesn't work. How do I know? Let's say they engineered the fridge poorly so the water line freezes a few times a year and I need to hook up a compressors to blow out the line. But again this is an internet forum so believe whatever you want.


Jack_in_VA
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Yes It is and posters can make all the outlandish claims they want.

A pump would hinder blowing out the line with compressed air.
Expand your moderator at work


printscreen

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reply to DarkHelmet

Re: [Appliances] How to clean out fridge water lines?

That is a solenoid valve, not a pump. The seller has this wrong. There are actually two valves there. One for the ice maker and one for the water dispenser.

And also this is why the dispenser does not work with the refrigerator unplugged. The solenoid valve will not work without power because it is an electromagnet that opens the valve when you push the dispenser handle or when the ice maker controller fills the ice tray with water. There are separate valves because they serve separate lines.