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Water Tube w/ Algae

Any recommendations on cleaning the tube in the door? Ours gets green like the parts of a fish tank and I'm not sure how to clean it out. Gross having green flakes in your filtered water due to the path after the filter the water has to travel in.

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    I have algae that starts at the bottom of the tube where the tube enters the door and goes all the way to the dispensing tube. We do not have chlorine in our local water supply. Is it easy to remove the tube from the door to clean it out?
    I have a Whirlpool SS25AFXLQ00 Side by Side.



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Depending on how far up the growth is, a Q-tip or old fashioned pipe cleaner will do. Typically this is due to the water having the chlorine removed by the filter. I recommend that you remove your filter and install the bypass plug (if needed) and run a few gallons of unfiltered water through the system then let it sit overnight. The chlorine will kill any growth, then you can put the filter back in for filtered water. Usually doing this every few months will keep the "green" out.

Posted on Dec 11, 2006


I had the same problem, I went to the local pet store and got an aquarium filter brush kit, it came with a very fine flexible brush, this worked great. It took some effort to get it around the curves, but it reached to the end and cleaned out all of the algea.

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