How to Clean Refrigerator Water Dispenser

Does Your Refrigerator Water Dispenser Need A Clean Up?

Refrigerator door water dispensers can work fine for years before showing any signs of trouble. But one day, you may notice that the water starts to trickle rather than flow, and the water doesn't taste quite so clean and crisp anymore. That usually means it's time to give the water dispenser a thorough cleaning. Fortunately, it's easy to clean your refrigerator water dispenser with a few safe, household ingredients and a little elbow grease. Here's how: 

Step 1

Turn off the water supply to the filter. Then, locate the copper water supply pipe that fits onto the water tank. You should be able to easily slide this copper tube off after loosening the screw that holds it in place.

Step 2

Use a small funnel to help you pour 3 cups of distilled white vinegar into the tube so that it flows into the reservoir. After about 5 minutes, fasten the tube to a wall or the back of the refrigerator with tape so the vinegar continues to drain downward.

Step 3

If your refrigerator has a built-in ice cube maker, then empty the ice cube bin and make sure the lever is in the "on" position. This will allow the vinegar to clean out the ice cube maker as well as the refrigerator water dispenser.

Step 4

Press the water dispensing button on your refrigerator so that the vinegar runs through the entire system. This cleans the tubing and internal fixtures that channel the water to the spout. Be sure to have a large jar or pitcher on hand to catch all of the vinegar as it streams out. Continue pressing the button until all of the vinegar finishes pouring through the refrigerator water dispenser. Dispose of the vinegar.

Step 5

Dip a bottle brush or an old toothbrush in vinegar and give the water dispensing spout and the area around it a quick scrub. Scrub the open end of the copper tubing a well.

Step 6

Reattach the copper tubing by slipping the end back into place and tightening the screw with a screwdriver. Turn on the water, and allow it to flow through the system until you cannot detect any vinegar. Do this by running the tap until the glass is full and then emptying it. Repeat this process until you cannot smell any traces of vinegar in the water. When the smell disappears take a small taste to ensure you can't detect any vinegar. If you can't, then you're good to go. Also, it’s a good idea to throw out the first batch of ice cubes that gets made as well because they may have a slight vinegar taste.

Follow these six simple steps and you'll have a clean refrigerator water dispenser that will deliver crisp, delicious water to you and your family. If you don't have a water dispenser in your refrigerator, but you'd like to upgrade to one, then come to Reno's Appliance. We offer a large line of refrigerators from the best brands including Electrolux, Jenn-Air, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Summit, and more. We carry refrigerator accessories as well. Visit our showroom to view our selection or browse online.

Reno's Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno's Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno's sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of appliances.