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Title: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: Rick52768 on March 18, 2012, 02:03:51 PM
 My frigidaire frig has a problem with floating black seaweed looking pieces (mold?) that come from both the water dispenser and the ice maker.  I am the original owner of both the frig and the house (4 yrs old) and have always replaced the PureSource2 water filter when the frig indicated it was time.  I added a whole house filter on the main house line to stop the frig filter from getting clogged from hard water which solved that problem, but did nothing to stop the floating black pieces.  The frig filter would ask to be replaced after 1-2 months with only two people in the house, so hard water was a very big issue.  The faucets do not show any issues when I clean the aerators, but the shower heads with rubber tits and the washing machine rubber door gasket show signs of darkening due to mold.  Is there I way to clean out the frig line, will this help and will it come back?  The problem is not new and we just lived with it, but seems to be worst than before.  What can I do to stop it?
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: theoldstoveguy on March 18, 2012, 03:33:37 PM
The coating on the icemaker is coming off. May be cheaper to buy an add on icemaker for your frig.
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: Rick52768 on March 18, 2012, 06:46:52 PM
Not that I doubt you know more than I will ever know about frigs, but the material is too thin and slimey to be a coating in my mind.
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: theoldstoveguy on March 18, 2012, 07:39:16 PM
Look at the sides of the icemaker and see if the coating has peeled off.(where the cubes are made)
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: Rick52768 on March 18, 2012, 08:01:26 PM
Lucky or not I took the ice down where I can see the ice molds and I have no peeling. I was wondering I would see the film in the water dispenser if it was a problem with the ice maker. Any other ideas where to look? Thanks for help no matter what.
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: theoldstoveguy on March 18, 2012, 08:31:01 PM
The only other thing to check would be the line behind the refrigerator going to the icemaker. I have seen slime in the lines as it can get warm and after the filter (removes chlorine) it can build up in the lines.
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: Rick52768 on March 18, 2012, 08:36:59 PM
I will check that out. Are you talking about the line outside of the frig or inside the frig?
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: theoldstoveguy on March 18, 2012, 09:29:19 PM
Outside on the back wall. Use a flashlight and check the line for clairity.
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: Rick52768 on March 25, 2012, 09:28:00 AM
The line is clear/green in color which leads me to believe that it has antimicrobial properties and when I put the flashlight behind the line I can see that it is clear of any material.  I think the problem is happening inside the unit.  I guess my next step is the remove the back cover from the inside rear of the freezer and see if that line is clear of material.  The rust coming from the some of the screws at the freezer back plate has me wondering if the humidity is too high in the freezer.  The frig is just over 4 years old but that plate looks like it is 15 years old due to the rust.  I cannot find a service manual to download on my PHS67EHSB6 (http://www.repairclinic.com/Frigidaire-Refrigerator-Model-PHS67EHSB6-ID-689891-Parts) to guide me, but I think I should be able to figure out how to remove the covers to expose the water line. Thanks
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: Icehouse on March 25, 2012, 10:00:14 AM
 ::)  Not that I have any idea what I'm talking about  :2funny:  but that is definately mold. Clean everything with a solution of baking soda and hot warer. Keep the Clorax away as some people say to use it  :'(
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: Rick52768 on March 25, 2012, 10:42:53 AM
Off subject somewhat, I have been told that mold loves the salts in bleach. I have to find the source of the mold to clean it.
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: Icehouse on March 26, 2012, 06:18:13 PM
Mold is from fungi and loves moisture and darkness  O0
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: theoldstoveguy on March 26, 2012, 07:48:43 PM
Mold usually needs warmth to grow. Never seen mold alive in a refrigerator.
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: Icehouse on March 26, 2012, 08:10:49 PM
What do you think clogs most drain lines?
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: theoldstoveguy on March 26, 2012, 08:41:33 PM
Warm air from the bottom of the line moves up, I've mostly found it plugged at the bottom with mold where it hits the tray.
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: Rick52768 on March 26, 2012, 10:26:55 PM
My line enters from the very top of the frig and stays up there. The only place that I can guess if not inside the frig then rubber stainless steel fill line that hooks to the clear/green line on the back of the frig. Or is there a way that mold can grow in the dispenser line on freezer door and also get pass a valve to get in the ice maker?
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: Icehouse on March 27, 2012, 08:43:02 AM
Look in the drain trough, around door gaskets mold loves all moisture.
I had done a home inspection a few years ago because of a water leak and mold was growing everywhere. This was because mold spores become airborne so yes they can attach themselves to the water filter as shown in the photo.
I'm also a "Certified Home Inspector"  O0
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: Rick52768 on March 27, 2012, 09:11:35 AM
I will check it, I looked all over the areas not covered by plates and seen nothing. My mold is more like larger pieces not just spores or small clusters and it is making through my filter. That is unless it is coming from inside the frig.
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: Icehouse on March 27, 2012, 09:54:53 AM
That's how mold grows, from the spores. Just like dandilions in the grass  ;)
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: Icehouse on March 27, 2012, 03:29:36 PM
This is from my "Home Inspectors Manual.
 
     what you'll need If your refrigerator has recently come under fire from mold or mildew infestation, it is important for you to know the proper way to carry out the mold and mildew removal process. By extension, once you successfully rid your refrigerator of mold and/or mildew, you should also familiarize yourself with the necessary mold and mildew prevention steps. Below are the measures you will need to take in order to purge your refrigerator of mold and mildew and to keep it free of filth.
 Step 1 - Clear out Your Refrigerator The first step in the mold and mildew removal process is clear out your refrigerator upon discovering any mold and/or mildew deposits. When clearing out your fridge, take care to carefully inspect any food items you suspect have gone bad and, should your suspicions prove correct, promptly throw them out, as they may have been the initial cause of your refrigerator-based mold or mildew. If you happen to have more than one refrigerator in your home, use it to store any perishable items. Once all the food has been cleared out of your fridge and any spoiled items have been thrown out, you'll be ready to move on.
 Step 2 - Produce Your Homemade Mold and Mildew Remover Now that your fridge has been cleared out, it's time to proceed with the second step in the mold and mildew removal process. Start by opening up a clean, empty spray bottle, then pour in 1 cup of white wine vinegar and 2 cups of warm water. As a result of its acidic nature, white wine vinegar makes a surprisingly effective mold and mildew cleaner. In fact, because vinegar is a little too abrasive, it is necessary to dilute it with water. After combing your ingredients, seal your spray bottle and proceed with the next step.
 Step 3 - Thoroughly Clean Your Refrigerator Having produced your homemade cleaner, you're nearly finished with the mold and mildew removal process. You will now need to use your spray bottle to apply your vinegar-based cleaning solution to all the shelves and walls in your refrigerator, making sure to apply a little extra to any areas that are heavily affected by mold and/or mildew deposits. Next, use a sponge or nonabrasive washcloth to vigorously wipe down the freshly sprayed areas, keeping in mind that any caked on mold or mildew deposits may require a little extra elbow grease. Once the fridge has been completely purged of mold and mildew, spray it down with a water-filled spray bottle to get rid of the lingering scent of vinegar, then dry it with a clean nonabrasive cloth. Follow up by returning all your food items to their respective spots.
 Step 4 - Keep Your Refrigerator Safe from Mold and Mildew Now that you've successfully performed the mold and mildew removal process, it is important to keep it safe from the aforementioned varieties of filth. To do this, make a point of throwing out any spoiled food items immediately after discovering them and take care to clean your refrigerator with the previously discussed water-and-vinegar solution at least once a month
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: Jonescincy on October 18, 2014, 01:25:47 PM
Ok so to start forget all the noise on here. Most of the "advice" is completely irrelevant to the problem. You've noticed black stuff in your ice cubes? It's algae and there is a simple solution that costs around $2 and takes only a few minutes, and a quick run to the hardware store. Pull out the fridge. There is a tube on the back that goes to where the ice maker would be. It is probably a 1/4 inch diameter tube, make sure to check. If it looks gray, black or anything other than clear then that's the problem. Some have green tunes which I think is supposed to help with this problem but I don't think it does. The freezer line is usually supposed to be clear. So find both ends of that tube, you may have to remove an access panel. Unplug the fridge from the outlet and remove both ends of the tube, you may have to loosen a clip or two. Some have pressure fittings where it just slips in, you may need to press in on fitting to release the tube. Take the hose to your sink and coil it in the bowl. Start running very warm almost HOT water through it. If you see black stuff come out or you see something moving in the tube then there you go. You might need to swap running water through both ends to jar something lose so play around with it. If that was it don't try to clean it. Put it back on, plug the fridge back in and go to the hardware store and tell them that you need to replace the ice cube maker line on the back of your fridge. They'll try to sell you a kit for $10, just tell them you need the hose. Repeat the process for removing the hose. Check the openings of the old hose for any metal clips inside the hose, take those out and save them. Cut the new hose to the same length and insert the little metal pieces into the line. Reconnect and plug it back in. I'd probably throw out all the old ice too. Probably a good idea to change that tube every couple of years whether it looks like it needs it or not. If that doesn't solve your problem then obviously it's something else but I highly doubt the finish is flaking off. BTW you may not need to turn off the fridge entirely, it's the simplest thing to do for everyone. The hose may be plugged into an actuator that you can disconnect the wires from. That will prevent the ice maker from requesting water should it need some while you have the hose removed. If the actuator is still functioning then it will open the valve and release water. I'm guessing the actuator will only open for a few seconds but I'm not sure. It may run until the ice cube maker says thanks I have enough water now, which it won't do if there is no hose. So to be safe I say just unplug the fridge. You won't need to shut off the water unless for some reason you need to disconnect the water inlet.
Title: Re: frigidaire with mold in water and ice cubes
Post by: Icehouse on October 18, 2014, 05:34:12 PM
Why not just replace the original line with copper?