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How to Clean Refrigerator Water and Ice Dispensers

You already know that a clean refrigerator is important to keep your family healthy, but you may be at a loss as to how to clean the icemaker and water dispenser. A recent study by the public health organization NSF identified this as one of the most contaminated items in the Ice Makerkitchen. Besides making you sick, a contaminated or dirty icemaker can result in several unpleasant consequences. Read on for some helpful tips for cleaning this appliance.

Why Your Icemaker Needs to be Cleaned

Dirty ice can be milky, cloudy or emit a foul odor. It may begin to clump together and cause your beverages to have a bad flavor. In addition to these warning signs, you may notice that the icemaker is producing ice more slowly or that the flow of water through the door is impeded or restricted. The most common ice dispenser problems are mold and yeast growth. These contaminants can exacerbate allergies and cause a variety of health problems ranging from digestive to respiratory ills.

How to Clean Your Icemaker

Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning your refrigerator, but if those aren’t available, follow these basic procedures. Turn the ice maker off (or unplug the refrigerator), disconnect the water line, then remove the ice bin and discard the ice. Pour three to four cups of white vinegar (never use bleach to clean your refrigerator or its components!) into the water line and allow it to stand for at least 10 minutes. Reconnect the water line and allow the vinegar to pass into the ice maker and water dispenser. Clean the water spout with a squirt bottle containing white vinegar, using a cotton swab to clean inside and outside the spout. Push the water dispenser lever and allow the vinegar to flow out through the door. Keep the lever depressed, allowing water to flow through and rinse away all traces of vinegar. Wipe all components dry and replace the ice bin. Finally, turn the ice maker back on.

Keeping Water and Ice Dispensers Clean

Your manufacturer likely recommends a regular cleaning schedule, but depending on how much you use the ice maker and water dispenser, experts recommend a full cleaning as described above at least twice each year. Unfiltered water is frequently responsible for depositing contaminants in the dispenser, so ensure that your refrigerator’s water filter is changed and maintained on schedule. The water spout and the area where ice comes out the door should be cleaned with a white vinegar solution once a week. Experts also recommend having your refrigerator’s condenser cleaned annually.

Complete Appliance Repair, serving the Salt Lake City area, offers a full range of refrigerator maintenance and repair services. To extend the life of your appliance and to keep it safe and sanitary, schedule an annual refrigerator maintenance service. An experienced technician will clean the condenser and other hard-to-reach areas, and inspect your refrigerator’s components for wear or damage. Every appliance is different and care must be taken not to cause damage or void the manufacturer’s warranty. Let Complete Appliance show you the best way to clean refrigerator parts, including your ice and water dispenser.

Range Hood Cleaning and Maintenance

Range hood cleaning ranks near the top of everyone’s list of detestable chores. Unfortunately, because vent hoods are so difficult to maintain, people often neglect them. This can create a variety of hazardous conditions and potential problems, shortening the life of the ventilation Range Hood Cleaningsystem and rendering it ineffective and possibly dangerous. Here are some helpful hints for making this unpleasant task easier.

Cleaning the Range Hood Filters

The exhaust fan system’s sole purpose is to suck up the fumes, smoke and grease produced during the cooking process and vent them away safely. Consequently, if it’s doing its job, the filters quickly become dirty and difficult to clean. Although some filters are dishwasher safe, this approach should be used only for periodic maintenance once you’ve done an extreme cleaning. Pop the filter(s) out, then fill your sink with a mixture of grease-busting liquid dish soap, baking soda and boiling water. Drop the filter in and let it soak for 15 minutes, then scrub with a non-abrasive scrubbing pad. Use more dish liquid if necessary and scrub until the filter is clean. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry before replacing. Clean the filters at least once a month or more often if you cook frequently. Remember that the filters can become greasy and clogged even if you don’t run the vent fan. If your model uses activated charcoal filters, these cannot be cleaned. Replace this type of filter at least once each year.

Cleaning the Vent Hood Lighting

Most range hoods include a light bulb cover panel, however, some older models leave the bulb exposed. Clean plastic covers in the same manner as described above for filters, taking care not to scratch the plastic. If the bulb is exposed, switch off the breaker to the hood then remove the bulb. Use a strong kitchen cleaning and degreasing spray with a cloth or sponge to clean the area around the bulb as well as the other metal areas on the hood’s underside. Dry with a cloth or paper towels then allow the area to air dry for several hours before putting in a new bulb and restoring power.

Recommended Range Hood Maintenance

As greasy as those filters were, the inside of the ventilation system is likely to also be full of crud. This buildup can cause the hood to short out or catch fire in extreme cases. Even if you are diligent about cleaning the exterior of your vent hood, regular cleaning and maintenance of the fan and vent tube is necessary as well. This is not a do-it-yourself project, but requires the expertise of a professional hood-cleaning service or appliance repair company. This is especially true if your range hood is the ductless type, as these can rapidly become ineffective when dirty, potentially exposing you to toxic fumes.

In the Salt Lake City area, Complete Appliance Repair can provide professional repair and maintenance service for your range hood. When it’s time to replace your stove’s ventilation system, their professional service techs can remove your old model and provide installation of the new one. Contact them today for more professional advice on range hood cleaning and maintenance.