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Question DetailsAsked on 9/17/2016

Does ice water reservoir in refrigerator get build up of bad stuff if not working for a few years and then fixed.

Had not had working ice maker for several years. Refrigerator is a 1995 Kitchenaid side by side.Model KSRB25QDBL01. Just had new ice maker installed and tech did work on a valve. Now ice and water working. I have a concern about the quality of the water since the reservoir had not been used for years. Please Advise.

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Yeah - if stagnant water has been sitting in there for years will probably be all crudded up and moldy, or full of minerals from evaporated water if it went dry. Water reservoir (at least by Kenmore and Whirlpool repair guides) should be removed and washed out and then filled with and reinstalled, then flulshing out the system (disinfected) with the chlorine bleach solution if it has been sitting unused for more than a couple of weeks to a month (I think Kenmore said 14 days, if I remember correctly). Obviously, if well crudded up with a ring of mold or an algae farm in the reservoir, toss and replace.

I would think that if it has been out of service for years, you might have to replace all the water tubing in the reefer to get to clean conditions, especially since the type iof plastic tubing ocmmonly used in modern reefers seems to grow grundge more realily than copper tubing, which tends to act as a biocide.

Depending on your water flow, if you have been using the water dispenser it might be fine - some have the water for both icemaker and water dispenser go through the reservoir so as long as either was in use should be OK after some water is flushed through the lines to remove any stagnant water.

Could not readily pull up a repair guide on your model - some reservoirs are readily accessible by remove a cover panel and then just unthreading or releasing clamps and popping the water tubing off - other are more concealed and the icemaker or water dispenser assembly has to be pretty well taken out - though even that is normally not too terrible a job as long as you keep track of which wire leads go where if not color coded or provided with one-way molded connectors.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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