Here you will find step by step instructions on how to clean fridge water dispenser on a side by side door unit. And how I plan to remember to clean on a schedule with the Sears PartsDirect water filter subscription program. Follow along as I share detailed steps and a few tricks to getting it squeaky clean.
I love sharing home decor ideas and DIY projects like organizing my kitchen but occasionally I love to share how to keep this house clean. Today I am sharing how to clean fridge water dispenser and ice maker that is on a side by side refrigerator.
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How to Clean Fridge Water Dispenser
We are the happy owners of a Sears old refrigerator. I bought this Sears Kenmore side by side over 10 years ago and it has worked like a charm. I have thought about purchasing a new one but why fix something that isn't broke. So if we are keeping this baby then let's keep it clean and in good working order.
Here is a photo of the state my water and ice dispenser is right now. There is mold which actually is behind the clean cup and calcium here and there. Boy, do I need a clean fridge water dispenser! So let's jump right in and start cleaning this water and ice dispenser
Spray the Dispenser with Vinegar and Water
Before you begin, click the lock button on your dispenser. If you do not click this button it will spray water on you and try to dispense ice.
Now using a spray bottle with half and half vinegar and water solution inside and spray all around the unit. Make sure to spray those areas that have mold and calcium real good.
If your unit has really bad calcium you can use a cleaner that dissolves lime deposits but keeps in mind you will need to rinse it many times with a wet clean rag or paper towels to make sure you get all the chemicals off.
Next, remove the tray. You have to pull hard to remove my tray but some units the tray sits into a hole without clicking in.
Clean the Dispenser
Now use a toothbrush and start cleaning the dispenser. Use it in all the tight areas.
If the calcium is not budging you can use the dull side of a dinner knife to scrape off the calcium. I have more details on how to use the dinner knife in my video.
Remove Other Parts
At first, I thought I cannot get behind this clear cup to clean on the ice dispenser side. This piece can be removed to clean behind it. It clicks in and out but you have to use some strength.
So look at your owner's manual to see if there are any removable parts that you can clean in the sink also. Did you know many owners' manuals are available online? Check to see if yours is available here.
Take any parts that can be removed to the sink and spray them down also. Now let's get back to cleaning the unit.
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Rinse the Unit
Keep repeating this process until you feel it is all clean of calcium, mold, and vinegar or lime away.
Wash the Part and Install
Now wash all the remaining parts that are in the sink. If they do not come clean of calcium spray again or use a dinner knife's dull edge to scrape off any build-up.
Run Water through Water Dispenser
Next, fill a cup of water with the water dispenser. This will remove any vinegar or cleaner that may have gotten up inside of it.
I also show this step in the video. Look at the water once you have filled a cup. If you find any debris or anything in the water pour it out, rinse the cup and run more water through the dispenser into the cup until it is clear.
Replace Water Filter
Once you have a clean fridge water dispenser consider replacing your water filter. I just signed up with the Sears PartsDirect water filter subscription program. I scheduled to get a new filter every 6 months.
I love this subscription program but I know it is not for everyone. You can also purchase a water filter without a subscription. My filter is a genuine Kenmore refrigerator water filter 9085 but they have almost every water filter available.
One nice thing about this subscription program is it is a good reminder to vacuum out the bottom where the grill is located and clean your dispenser.
The subscription program has been around for a while. I shared about it a while back in my How to Clean My Kitchen post but after forgetting to clean my dispenser and replace the filter I finally decided it was time to subscribe.
So I am very excited because now I have a reminder to stay on top of keeping my water dispenser clean and replacing my filter.
In my refrigerator, my water filter is located on the bottom where the grill is located. All I have to do is twist the button and pull it out. It is that simple! If I needed replacement parts for my appliances, I can check Sears PartsDirect to see if they have the part I need.
Well, there you have my tried and true easy clean fridge water dispenser process. I hope these tips and tricks make it easy for you to keep your dispenser clean. And check out the Sears PartsDirect subscription program for all major refrigerator brands.
When your water filter subscription arrives, let it be a reminder to those things that are not on your weekly list. If you have any tips or tricks on keeping your fridge clean add them to the comments below so we all can learn from each other.
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