Whirlpool GD5SHAX Side by Side Refrigerator Logo

Question about Whirlpool GD5SHAX Side by Side Refrigerator

2 Answers

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.

Posted by Barry Bonds on

  • Anonymous Oct 30, 2008

    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.


2 Answers


  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Expert
  • 237 Answers

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.

Posted on Aug 11, 2007

Add Your Answer


Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:


They get plants, algae, and bacteria.

Bacteria in fish tank ?
Bacteria is normal . breaks down ammonia from fish into nitrate.
Nitrate is harmful and requires a water change unless you pump the water through plants google aquaponics.
Algae in fish tank ? buy water snails put in tank
Mar 14, 2018 • Fish

Remove algae from GV7070 water tank

Chlorine/bleach - read carefull the instruktion on the back og the bottle. DO NOT USE IT without thinning it with water in the correct dosis! Let it rest til everything is dead. Dont get it in the machine it will be damaged. Do not boil it in the machine! only for use in the watertank. Clean carefully.

I heard that it is good to have dirty gravel in your fish tank. Is this true?

A certain amount of gunk on your gravel is beneficial to thefish. This is because your fishnaturally create an ecosystem based on their ideal environment. Therefore, you do not want to keep your fishtank as clean as the day you bought it. It's ok if the gravel appears slimy or to have a bit of algae onit. You will know it is past time toclean the gravel when a cloudy layer appears just above it.If you want to be exact about it, you can by strips thattest the ammonia and nitrates in the water. This will indicate whether the gravel needs a cleaning.
May 13, 2012 • Fish

Can you clean the clear tube that seperates the UV bulb from the water in a Tetra Green 2 UV?

A test tube brush or a small bottle brush will fit and not damage anything. Alternatively as long as it is not used for saltwater soak in a bucket of 5 gallons water and a 1/2 cup of bleach will kill and separate any algae. Just rinse thoroughly to flush out any leftovers and to clear the unit.

My filter is returning green slime to the pool as fast as i vacumn it up.I can see it being pumped back in the pool.Why is my filter not working?

It could be that there is algae growing inside the tank of the filter. You may want to vacuum to waste to get the algae out of the pool and clean out the filter. If you have a Cartridge or DE filter, you will need to do an acid bath for the grids. Take the internal parts out of the filter and clean with bleach water, use bleach water on the tank also.

If you have a sand filter, you will need to empty out the sand, clean internal parts and tank with bleach water then fill with new sand.

Pump is running high keep shocking it, had algae, cleaned it out, back flushed several times, cannot figure out why it's still running high? (unsure of brand)

DE filter? If so then you need to give the filter an acid bath to purge the dead alge from the filter (Fingers, Grids or Discs). Go with 1part muriatic acid to 3 part water. Let soak overnight. The water should turn almost neon green.Rinse off and reassemble. SHould be Good to go. DE and Cartridge filters should be given an acid bath once a year.

Algae in Braun coffee maker float tube

Use a mix of 50% laundry bleach and 50% water.
Half fill the tank and let it soak for several hours.
Rinse tank and refill with fresh water only.


On the front of the dirty water tank is a block that you pull out(don't forget to put it back in when done, or you won't have any suction), Remove recovery tank front panel
(F) by sliding it straight up.
4. Replace panel with converter (G).
Slide converter halfway down opening
until it is firmly in place.
5. Before connecting tube (H) to
cleaner, make sure black tabs are
extended by pulling tan collar
toward tube.
Open door on hood labeled “Stair/
upholstery Cleaning Connection”.
Press round solution tube connector
onto round projection inside door.
Press connector collar down firmly
to ensure that it is fully connected.
The tank replaces in a hingelike
manner. Position front of lid
under tabs (I) on front of tank. Rotate
lid down onto tank.
Make sure lid is secure on all
sides before cleaning.
For full suction, it is important that
the recovery tank lid is properly
secured before cleaning.
Reverse procedure to remove
hose and solution tube.
Raise carpet cleaner handle to
upright position.

Cleaning the water system

A possible solution is depending on your water source... Chlorine will kill the algae, mold & mildew but the filter blocks chlorine. What we tell people is if you have chlorinated water, remove the filter (a bypass device may be needed depending on the make/model) and run without the filter for a week or so. The chlorine will kill all that stuff and then you can run the filter again. If you don't have chlorinated water you would have to mix a solution of bleach/water in a tank of some type and then use a pump (usually a Sur-Flo RV type pump) to supply the pressure and run a few gallons of chlorinated water through the system (again without filter) then let it sit 24 hours to kill the gunk. After that hook up to normal water supply and flush the system until there is no chlorine smell. The ratios for bleach/water, etc. are available on the internet if you "Google" the process.
Not finding what you are looking for?


Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Whirlpool Refrigerators Experts

ZJ Limited
ZJ Limited

Level 3 Expert

17989 Answers


Level 3 Expert

85242 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22516 Answers

Are you a Whirlpool Refrigerator Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides