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Manage My Life

my kenmore refrigerator ice taste bad, the rest of the water in the house taste fine.

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
February 6th, 2012
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Kenmore , Refrigerators , Appliances
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Lyle W
I don't think that the bad taste will return once you reinstall the filter. There is a chance that it will eventually return within a few months unless you run water through that dispenser daily. At least fill a glass or 2 if possible on a regular daily basis. Also, when you change the filter (usually every 6 months), run about a gallon of chlorinated water through the system to flush it out before putting the new filter in. Then purge at least 1 gallon of water through the system after inserting the new filter. This should help you prevent that bad taste from returning. If you need more help, let us know.
by Lyle W
February 6th, 2012
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Thanks, Lyle. I'm removing filter & letting chlorinated water run thru the system. It's been about 4 days now and the bad taste is gone - just tastes like tap water. It definitely has something to do with the filter. Wonder if foul taste will return when I reinstall filter.
by Manage My Life
February 3rd, 2012
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Lyle W
Hello Darlene. If you are on a city water system that is chlorinated, you can try removing the filter for while to try and fix this water taste problem. Many of the Whirlpool refrigerators have an automatic bypass on the filter housing so that it won't leak with that filter removed. If you run chlorinated water through that system for about a week, it may eliminate the harmless cysts that are likely causing your problems. Let us know if you need more help.
by Lyle W
January 30th, 2012
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I have the same problem with my new Whirlpool refrigerator. I have had a plumber out to check the water system and he has checked everything, incl. all tubing. The water tastes fine when disconnected from refrigerator. Thought it was fixed by something he did for a week and then the foul flavor came back. Whirlpool says its not their problem if the ice and water are dispensed. I'm at a loss what to do. Miss my water & ice.
by Manage My Life
January 29th, 2012
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Lyle W
If your refrigerator has a water filter, you may need to change it if it has been more than 6 months since it was last replaced.

Ice cubes in the storage bin will absorb odors from the freezer and refrigerator. This can cause bad taste in the ice cubes. I recommend that you dispose of all of the current ice in your storage bin (you can use it to water plants if you want to). Allow the ice maker to make fresh ice and see if you still detect the bad taste. If not, the bad taste could be coming from food stored in the refrigerator and/or freezer. Make sure that food stored in both compartments is properly sealed to prevent the odor/taste from migrating to the ice.

If the same taste is detected in the new ice and you have a water filter on the refrigerator, I recommend that you try removing the water filter for about 1 week and allow chlorinated water to flow through the water system in your ice maker. In some situations, a water filter will remove chlorine and harmless cysts will develop in the water system of the refrigerator that will affect the taste of the ice. Running chlorinated city water through the refrigerator water system will kill the cysts and eliminate this problem. I assume that you are in the city where the water supply is chlorinated. If you are on a ground water well system in a rural area, the cysts may be harder to eliminate. Let me know if you need more help with this problem.

These tips will hopefully help you resolve this taste problem with your ice. If you need more help, submit additional details and the full model number of your refrigerator.
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by Lyle W
August 28th, 2010
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Ice becomes a necessity in the summer and bad tasting ice affects all your drinks. The first place I look to for help is my owner's manual. If you have the model number handy, just click on the Manuals tab below to get online access to the manual for your fridge. Oh, and if you can add it to this thread, it will help the expert provide a better answer. I also see someone else asked a similar question, so I attached that expert post. Hope this helps!
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August 27th, 2010
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