How to Clean the Water Line on a Kenmore or Frigidaire Refrigerator

When you see dirty water coming from the dispenser, it is time to clean the water line on your Kenmore or Frigidaire refrigerator. Cleaning solutions are not part of the process. Water lines for your refrigerator can only be flushed with water to remove dirt and debris. A blast of water sprayed into the lines allows any blockages to be forced out so only clean water will be running through your refrigerator.

Black refrigerator
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Refrigerator water lines can be flushed with water to clean.

Step 1

Unplug the refrigerator. Turn off the inlet shutoff valve that supplies water to the refrigerator located behind the unit. Use a wrench to disconnect the water line located beneath the refrigerator door.

Step 2

Locate the reservoir behind the crisper drawers. Pull these water lines through the refrigerator cabinet and remove.

Step 3

Place a flathead screwdriver into the pair of slots beneath the water dispenser cover on the front of the refrigerator. Turn the flathead carefully and snap off the lower end of the dispenser cover. Slide the cover in an upward motion to remove from the refrigerator.

Step 4

Loosen the water line leading to the dispenser. Slide the tube through the opening in the door. Remove the line from the refrigerator.

Step 5

Rinse each water line thoroughly with water. Flush out each line, removing any blockages. Replace any damaged lines. Return each line to the refrigerator. Reconnect water lines, turn on valve and restore power.


Kelli Peacock Dunn

Kelli Peacock Dunn has been a news editor and photographer since 1998, working at a weekly newspaper in Northwest Florida. Her articles have also appeared in "Panama City Living" magazine and "The Lookout."