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Dirty water out of dispenser

Just changed the water filter in my Kenmore 106.53606202 and there is pink gook that comes out of the water line. Not sure if I should just keep trying to flush it out or replace the water line. Has anyone had this problem and can anyone tell me if the water line to the icemaker is separate or is this pink gook going into my ice cubes as well?

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  • Eldo164 Feb 17, 2008

    Same issue. I get little pieces of slimy translucent ribbon floating in my water since I replaced the filter. I have tried another new filter with the same results and even put back in the old filter that was working properly. Now with the old filter in I get the same slimy debris. I believe the water line inside the fridge is dirty. There is approximately 30 feet of water line coiled up inside the bottom right of the refrigerator behind the Meat/Vegetable drawer. Some of the tubing has a pink hue. I am curious as to why there is so much tubing inside the refrigerator. I would also like to know how to clean it out.



    I would appreciate any help.

  • Mr PW Jan 25, 2009

    I had the same problem with the slimy tubes getting slime in the water and the ice. My solution was much simpler than the tube removal guy. I pulled the fridge drawers out so I had easy access to the 50ft tubing. While someone else kept the water dispenser going, I shook, banged, slammed on the coiled plastic tubing as hard as I could and the slime cut loose from the tubing, and the tubes cleared up in about 20 minutes. You could actually see the junk moving through the tubing. The tubing is now clear & the water is now clear.
    Nobody addressed what the slime is or what is causing it to form in the tubing. Even the guy who called the Sears help line was just told to replace the tube. Yea great, but what about the next time it builds up. I've heard people say it is dirty water but my fridge is being fed from an R.O. water filter system and the parallel feed to the sink is always crystal clear. HELLO????? WHAT IS CAUSING THE SLIME ??????
    Also I bypassed the water filter on the fridge since it is already being fed with R.O. water and who wants to pay for those grossly overpriced Sears filters?? The slimy coil is after the fridge filter so it's doing nothing to address this problem anyway. It was my theory that possibly the slime was caused from the fridge filter but who knows (There was no slime before the fridge filter)? I've never heard anyone address how the slime is developing - only what to do afterward?

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Spoke with Sears help line. They said I need to replace my water line. I'm going to look into replacing it myself. I'll let you know how it goes.

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  • Eldo164 Feb 25, 2008

    Very simple fix. I went for the short term fix for now. The problem was with a film coating the inside of what Kenmore calls the water reservoir. Basically there is about 50 feet of tubing coiled up behind the drawers at the bottom of the refrigerator side. This would allow approximately 15oz. of cold water to be distilled. This unfortunately is where the problem resided.



    I have bypassed this 50 feet of tubing and run my tubing direct. In our case we never get water without ice so water temperature is not an issue. The fix took about half an hour and required no parts. Replacing the reservoir would have only taken slightly more time and about $50 in parts.



    You will need a flat head screw driver and a pair of needle nose plyers.



    Turn off the water supply!



    On the back of the fridge is a piece of brown cardboard like material held on by about 8 flat head screws.



    Remove it.



    If you look under the fridge you will see white tubing. Two of these tubes disappear through a hole into the bottom of the fridge. One attaches to a valve unit under the back corner of the fridge, the other runs to the front of the fridge to a connector that runs up the door. This second one is the one you need.



    Trace the tube from the front of the fridge to a point about 6 or 8 inches before it disappears up into the back of the fridge and cut it there. Some water will leak out so have a bowl or a towel ready to catch it.



    The first tube that runs into a small valve unit under the back of the fridge needs to be removed from the valve. (There is a second tube from the valve that runs directly to the ice maker up the back of the fridge.) There is a blue clip holding the tube you need to disconnect in place. There is probably an easier way to remove it but I pried it down a little with a flathead screw driver. I was then able to pull it out with a pair of needle nose pliers. The tubing will pull out of the valve easily then.



    Put the blue clip back in place in the valve and now route the tube you cut that runs to the front of the fridge and push it through the blue clip into the now open spot in the valve. Should go in a little more than an inch.



    At this point I went into the front of the fridge behind the lower drawers and pulled out the coil of reservoir tubing, and taped over the two holes in the bottom of the fridge.

    Replace the brown piece on the back of the fridge turn the water supply back on and your done.



    You will not have cold water out of the dispenser but you will also not have debris in your water.

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I pulled some ******* from my refrig water dispencer myself a number of times, dam water tates like it as well!

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