I need help removing mold from my refrigerator.
By Jackie from Detroit, MI
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I too have an expensive ge profile refrigerator with the same black mold problem, have had repairmen out 3 times problem still not fixed, has ruined my floor, etc, giving up, what a waste.
I bought a GE Profile refrigerator 3 years ago and have been battling mold for the past 6 months. When I googled "GE Profile refrigerator mold" I was shocked to see how many others were having the same problem. Why hasn't GE taken ownership of this problem and offered to replace the gaskets at no charge? How can we make GE step up to the plate on this one? I had a Kenmore fridge for 30 years and never, ever had a a problem with mold. I will never buy another GE appliance. Not happy in Boston!
I'm having the same problem with our GE Monogram. We also have a pool of water under the bottom bin in the fridge.
All those who have had problems with their GE Monogram Refrigerator with mold should post a complaint here. They changed the fan settings which did not work. I cleaned the entire refrigerator with bleach. All the drawers rusted and had to be replaced. The mold is back again. This has been ongoing for 4 years. This is 2010. Refrigerators should not mold! Please post your complaint as I would like to know how many of us are out there when I contact the company again!
I am also having a problem with m y GE Monogram refrigerator. After I clean it, it just continues to grow and grow. I have never had this problem with any other refrigerator. What can I do to eliminate the mold?
I also have a GE Monogram and no matter how many times I clean it , it comes back. Does anyone know if there is a recall on this product?
If this is visible mold, like bluegreen mold you might see on bread, just wash it with soap and water, then rinse with bleach. I would use it full strength, but you could dilute it with water. Bleach kills mold. Be sure to use hot water as well, when you are washing. I would do this with black mildew as well.
I purchased my GE Monogram refrigerator in 2004. Within a year or so it was growing mold. I called a repairman and he said I needed a new door gasket which I agreed to even though I felt like the one was perfectly fine that was on it. Well I can't begin to tell you how many times it has molded since then. I wash the entire inside down with full strength bleach, but in a few months it comes right back. Why doesn't GE acknowledge this problem?
To remove mold from a refrigerator I found this home-made remedy that could be helpful for you.
Mold and Mildew: Use white vinegar or lemon juice full strength. Apply with a sponge or scrubby.
Here is an eco-friendly website for cleaning.
Happy cleaning! CaressaK
I called a friend tonight that works at GE, he said there is a gasket that is allowing air in. This stuff is terrible. Mold getting worse and worse. In a $3000 refrigerator. 4 years old.
I have a GE Profile and am most unhappy with it. It has black mold that I have been cleaning away for years now and it has water that pools at the bottom. I have never had a refrigerator mold like this before. Black mold in every crevice. It is gross! Anyone know if GE is doing anything to help it's customers?
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I have black mold in my refrigerator. Its not a "normal frig", it's an industrial cooler like groceries stores have that hold the 20 oz pop. I have tried cleaning it with dish soap first and than bleach. I have tried vinegar. Today I see that the blower on top are all black. It smells horrible and I hate to store anything in there. Thank you for your help. Lori
By Patti Masciale
By heather kelley
We have black mold growing in the fridge and toilets. One morning last week we woke up with black filled nostrils and we were spitting black. We haven't run the air or heat in like 4-5 weeks, and we can't find an explanation for this. We have noticed that a black smoke/film is showing up on all our surfaces/plates etc. Any suggestions? Our leasing management company have told us the vents are clean, and there's nothing they can do. Please help.
Meredith from Azle
The source area could be your bathroom as you state there is black mold around your toilet. Toxic mold is like all molds, it needs moisture. My husband is a retired maintenance supervisor for apartment complexes and has dealt with toxic mold. He had to call in professionals to remove it. As I don't know where you live, I cannot tell you who to contact, but I would definitely start making calls regarding it and tell your leasing company you want them to check out your bathroom thoroughly.
Bleach will kill molds, but it's not really effective against toxic mold. On several occasions, the tenants had to move out while the apartment was being worked on. The leasing company, although they say your vents are clean, should be calling in someone to check your bathroom. Toxic mold can be inside walls, subsurfaces of floors, under sink cabinets, behind shower surrounds, just about anywhere where there is a probability of moisture. You need to get on this right away. (11/17/2007)
By Vijay Rumao
Turns out we have a bad motherboard in the unit. Furthermore, GE has an extended warranty on the motherboard, so they know it's an issue. I've also seen some other postings that mention bad motherboards in GE products. I am just floored that when I called in they did not mention that there are extended warranties on this item and that may be causing the issue. Instead they treat you like you're an idiot and leave you in the dark.
My tech pointed out that the fan would run all of the time because it's trying to cool the fridge, but since the motherboard is bad and the cooling not working properly it didn't matter. I'm not ruling out the fan issue yet and I'll keep an eye on that as it may be a dual issue.
So if you have this issue and you're out of warranty you may be in luck and will just have to pay for the service call. Just make sure if they do replace the motherboard that you ask to see if it's covered under this extended warranty. I had to pay $100 for the tech visit, but not the part. I noticed a difference in 10 minutes. For the first time in 2 years, I actually have a cold fridge.
And no, GE does not post their extended warranty items anywhere. They should, but they don't. Hence you have no way of knowing unless you get an honest tech out to take a look. (06/17/2009)
Does anyone have black mold in their GE Monogram refrigerator?
By Abernathie from Columbia, MO
I cleaned the fridge periodically with bleach. If I took it apart and bleached everything, it stayed clean for several months. If I just tried to do it quickly, it grew back in about 3 or 4 months. (09/06/2009)
I have black mold in my Sub Zero refrigerator. Any suggestions?
1. Make a spray solution of 1 bottle of hydrogen peroxide and water (1/2 and 1/2); then spray the affected area and away the mold goes.
2. I sell bulk health supplements and usually have olive leaf powder on hand. Olive leaf powder (about 1/2 cup) dissolved in about a quart of water, kills mold also, and lasts a very long time. Frontier Coop sells olive leaf powder by the pound. These two solutions will kill mold wherever you find it: refrigerator, on the walls in basement, etc.
Peace and health, Joyce in Connecticut (11/21/2009)
I accidentally unplugged our fridge/freezer for two weeks while we were gone for Christmas, and when we came back, the entire interior was coated in mold. We cleaned the fridge in and out with bleach and warm water, then left it open (keeping our food outside) for a week. There was no visible mold, but it still smelled so strong that you could smell it from outside the apartment. We tried putting the food back in, but everything smelled and tasted of mold, even when we kept it in Ziploc bags. We cleaned it again with bleach and water. The next day we cleaned it with lemon juice, salt, and water. Slightly better. But still terrible. The problem was that the mold had grown into the air duct systems, and there was no way we could access those areas to clean them. When we would plug the fridge in after cleaning the air that would blast out and would be noxious and overwhelming.
Finally, I told my girlfriend that we would get a new fridge if the smell wasn't completely gone in 5 days. This seemed impossible. I found some studies saying that cinnamon oil is a superb antiseptic, and has been shown to slow mold growth in moldy bread by more than 10 days when the oil coats the paper around the bread. Why not give it a try, I thought, since nothing else was working.
I bought 2 oz of cinnamon oil in Manhattan for $30 (you can get it somewhat cheaper on the internet). I covered the bottoms of two small porcelain bowls with cinnamon oil and placed the bowls in the fridge. A couple of times a day I would blow a hair dryer, on high heat, into the bowls so that the oil was heated and diffused (use a face mask--this stuff is strong!) throughout the fridge and freezer. I kept it up until the bowls were very hot. Then I would close the doors. The smell was very nice compared to the mold smell that we'd lived with for the previous 3 weeks. I tried to blow the oil especially into the hidden areas that were accessible to air/mold.
Within 2 days, the mold smell was almost completely gone. Within 4 days all you could smell was cinnamon. I continued the treatment for about 5 days. It's been about 3 weeks now, and the fridge and freezer both smell impeccable, if cinnamony. My girlfriend is amazed and very pleased.
The research supports this stuff. It's a little work, and the cinnamon oil is expensive, but it's a miracle. I promise it works. (02/13/2010)
Due to loss of electricity my refrigerator is severely molded. How do I clean and sanitize it? Please help.
By Sarah from NY
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