If your Whirlpool refrigerator ice smells or tastes bad, there are a few common causes that you can troubleshoot yourself. In this blog post, we will explain each of these potential causes and how to fix them. If you continue to have problems with your Whirlpool refrigerator ice maker after trying these tips, please contact Capital City Appliance Service for repair!
Issues with Water Supply
The first potential cause for bad smelling or tasting ice from your Whirlpool refrigerator may be an issue with the water supply. When tap water travels underground to your home, it picks up minerals and impurities, which can change the flavor of the water. Hard water can have a particular taste or odor if there are too many minerals in the supply. If the water that your ice maker is using is not clean, it can cause the ice to smell or taste bad.
Dirty Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter
Using a filtration system can help prevent minerals and other particles from entering your ice maker. If your water filter is dirty, it can make the Whirlpool refrigerator ice smell bad or taste funky. The water filter is responsible for filtering out impurities in the water supply, so if it is dirty, it can’t do its job properly. You should replace your Whirlpool refrigerator water filter every six months or as needed, depending on the quality of your water.
Food Storage Problems
If food is not stored properly in your refrigerator or freezer, it can cause the ice to smell or taste bad. Containers that aren’t sealed properly or food that has spoiled can absorb into the ice. You can fix this by cleaning out your refrigerator and ensuring that all containers are sealed and no food is spoiled food.
Old or Stale Ice
If your Whirlpool refrigerator ice smells bad, it can also be caused by old or stale ice. Ice that has been sitting in the ice maker for too long can absorb odors from the refrigerator. You can fix this by simply discarding old ice and making fresh ice.
If it has been a while since you cleaned your refrigerator ice bins, they may be the cause of your ice tasting bad. Ice bins can harbor bacteria and other contaminants that can make their way into your ice maker. You should clean your refrigerator ice bins at least once a month with a solution of warm water and baking soda.
If you have followed these tips and your Whirlpool refrigerator ice maker still isn’t making ice that tastes good, please contact Capital City Appliance Service for repair. We will be happy to help you get your ice maker back in working order!