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Sarah Toldrian

Why does the ice and water in my Kenmore side by side taste dusty?

I have a Kenmore side by side 106.57862801 with a Pur water filter system. The ice and water were tasting dusty so I replaced the $50 filter...It still tastes dusty. I purged the first 2 gallons after replacing the filter. The ice was also pitched. We are 10 days past the one year warranty and I called Sears and they were not able to help as it was 10 days out of warranty. This has been an ongoing issue for several months. We are on our third filter. The first one came with the fridge and water tasted fine. The second one went in in August and it tasted fine till December when it started to taste dusty...the filter indicator on the dispenser did not indicate it needed to be changed at that time...I changed the filter in January and the water and ice flavor did not improve... The fridge has not been moved and there is not any rotting food inside. Is there something wrong internally or do we simply have a bad filter?

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Lyle W
It is possible (but not likely) that you have a bad filter. You may have a problem with cysts in the water. The cysts are harmless but they can affect the taste of the water and ice. Try this procedure to clear up this problem:

Remove the Pur water filter and purge another 2 gallons of water through the dispenser. Your refrigerator has an automatic bypass on the water filter housing. Leave the filter out for 1 week and continue to allow the ice maker to cycle and produce ice. Purge water through the water dispenser every day (a couple of glasses of water).

Through out all of ice that is in the ice bucket. Rinse out the ice bucket and let it completely dry. Throw away the next 2 batches of ice that the ice maker produces. You can use the ice after that if it does not taste funny. It will not be using filtered water but it should be okay.

After a week without the filter in place, reinstall the Pur water filter and purge the 2 gallons of water through the dispenser.

See if these steps solve your taste problem in the water and ice. It is likely that it will (assuming that you are on a city water system that uses chlorine in the water supply). If you are on a well water system then you may have a harder time getting rid of the cysts if that is what is causing your taste problems in the water.

If you need more help, resubmit your question with additional details.
by Lyle W Earned 136,254 community points in Kenmore
February 24th, 2010
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