August 12th, 2012, 05:17 AM
Mold in Kenmore Side by Side Refrigerator
More than 10 years
I have a Kenmore Side by Side Refrigerator/ Freezer that is our "garage" fridge. It's over 10 years old and recently stopped getting cold. Using the great and helpful information I found here, I was able to troubleshoot the problem and I discovered my overload was not functioning. So I ordered the part and kept the power to the refrigerator off for about 5 days. We live on the Gulf Coast and it's very hot and humid down here now. In the 5 days that it took the part to come in mold has grown on the inside of the refrigerator.
My question is this: Is it OK to keep using the refrigerator or do I need to buy another one?
I'm trying to find out if there is a safe way to clean out the refrigerator. I know there is a mold remediation formula that can be mixed with bleach and sprayed on walls floors etc... Does it also work for an appliance? Once the refrigerator is cold again and cleaned out is there a chance mold can grow easier since it has been there before?
Mold on the inside of the fridge is a deal breaker for my wife who now wants to go buy a NEW one.
You can help me solve a marital impasse with your answer and save me a few hundred dollars.
Thanks for all of your help.........
August 12th, 2012, 06:15 AM
I found this, a copy:
First, you MUST wear tight masks around mold. The best thing is to get some warm water, add clorox to it (a small amount a few tablespoons) and then with paper towels only, wipe out the freezer/fridge and THROW THE TOWELS AWAY in a plastic bag.
After that, wash it down with dishwashing soap in a bucket of warm water.
Let it dry thoroughly. Any traces of mold must be removed thoroughly so it wont come back. You dont need to get rid of a freezer/fridge because of mold, just clean it out as above, making sure not to breathe that mold in. Masks are available at local pharmacies for minimal amount. Throw masks, and paper towels out. Rinse out the pail with clorox and water.
Throw any sponges away. Can use old toothbrush to get the mold out around the seals. Throw them out too.
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