Ice that tastes bad or has a smell to it can quickly sour drinks. In some instances, bad ice can be traced to problems with the ice maker in your refrigerator or other environmental factors. Here are some troubleshooting steps to help you determine what is causing your bad ice.
Water Filtration System Filter
The water filtration system is responsible for filtering the water that is used to make the ice. The system contains a filter that needs to be periodically changed. If it is not changed, your ice cubes can start to smell and taste funny.
To eliminate this problem, change out your filter according to the manufacturer's recommendation. You can find compatible filters at your local home improvement store or you can buy them directly from the manufacturer. Be sure to supply your refrigerator's model number to ensure you purchase the correct filter.
Your refrigerator and ice maker might not be solely responsible for bad ice cubes. In some instances, the water supply can be the culprit. Impurities in the water, such as sulfur and salt, can affect the water quality.
If the bad taste and smell persist after you have changed the filtration system filter, then you should test for hard water. Testing strips are available at home improvement stores. If you results show a high level of hardness, you should consider installing a water softening system.
It is important that you clean your refrigerator on a regular basis. If not, you could be at risk for mildew growth in it. As the mildew spreads, the smell of it can spread to the ice and cause it to taste and smell funny.
If you do notice mildew, clean the refrigerator with a mixture of baking soda and water. Using harsher chemicals, such as bleach, can cause damage to the walls of your refrigerator.
Ice cubes can sometimes soak up the odors of other foods that are contained within the refrigerator. If you have food that has spoiled, this can lead to stale smelling cubes.
A good way to avoid this is to ensure that you are removing food before it is spoiled. You should also use your ice cubes more. The less time they spend in the maker, the less chance they have of absorbing odors from other foods.
If problems persist with your ice maker, call in a refrigerator repair professional like Anderson's Appliance Repair Service. The problem could be more complex and require a professional assessment.