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refrigerator water tastes funny

I have a 2 year old Whirlpool side by side fridge/freezer. The water started tasting and smelling bad a couple of weeks ago. I changed the filter, flushed water through the new filter and the smell and taste were gone. I went back a couple of hours later to get more water and the smell and taste were back. I flusehd more water through it, the smell and taste went away. Went back a couple hours later, the smell and taste were back. I changed the filter a second time but I'm still having the same problem. The ice seems to be fine - if I let some ice cubes melt and then drink the water, it doesn't taste or smell bad.

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scott d
I'm sorry you are having this kind of difficulty with the water. Usually when the water supply line has been replaced with a copper line and the reservoir and filter have also been replaced, it eliminates this type of problem. Refrigerators do not do anything to the water, they only distribute the water that is being supplied to them. Now, both water lines to the dispenser # 8201537 and the icemaker # 2303216 can be replaced but it would be unusual for these lines to create the odor. These lines can be difficult to replace, especially the line to the icemaker and I would recommend having a technician replace these lines. You can call 1-800-469-4663 to schedule a tech to come out. I would recommend having a water sample taken now, to see if there is something in the water. If you would like more assistance, I will be glad to assist you further.
by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Appliances
November 5th, 2011
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nora mclaughlin
I am having the same exact problem… my whirlpool fridge is only 3 years old and my lines are plastic tubing.. All I can think of is that it must be the plastic line that is making that gross plastic smell.. it comes out of my faucet smelling and tasting fine??? very disappointing when summer hits and your ice cubes make you gag…
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scott d
I'm sorry you are having this kind of difficulty with the water. Usually when the water supply line has been replaced with a copper line and the reservoir and filter have also been replaced, it eliminates this type of problem. Refrigerators do not do anything to the water, they only distribute the water that is being supplied to them. Now, both water lines to the dispenser # 8201537 and the icemaker # 2303216 can be replaced but it would be unusual for these lines to create the odor. These lines can be difficult to replace, especially the line to the icemaker and I would recommend having a technician replace these lines. You can call 1-800-469-4663 to schedule a tech to come out. I would recommend having a water sample taken now, to see if there is something in the water. If you would like more assistance, I will be glad to assist you further.
by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Appliances
November 5th, 2011
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I replaced the reservoir and the lines behind the fridge and I still have the same problem. Any other suggestions?
by Manage My Life
November 3rd, 2011
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scott d
The reservoir (# 7 in picture) is located behind the crispers. To access the reservoir, remove the crispers and you will have full access to it. I hope this will help you. If you would like more assistance, I will be glad to assist you further.
by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Appliances
October 10th, 2011
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How do I access the current reservoir? I looked through my owners manual but didn't find the info I needed.
by Manage My Life
October 7th, 2011
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scott d
Thank you for the model number. The reservoir in this refrigerator is # W10204356 and is available at the link listed below. Thank you for using Manage My Life.
by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Appliances
October 7th, 2011
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Sorry, the model number is ED5LVAXWB00
by Manage My Life
October 6th, 2011
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scott d
I suggest removing the plastic line that is connected the copper line and make it an all copper line to the refrigerator. Most any local hardware store will have the copper line and connections for this. I also recommend replacing the reservoir. Unfortunately, the model number listed is not complete and I'm unable to access any information. There should be at least one number and sometimes 2 numbers in the model. If you would like more assistance, I will be glad to assist you further.
by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Appliances
October 6th, 2011
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I checked the supply line and it's copper coming out of the wall. The copper is connected to a long flexible tube, which is then connected to a plactic tube that goes to the back of the fridge.
by Manage My Life
October 5th, 2011
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Thanks for your response Scott. The Model number is EDFLVAXWB00 and the Serial Number is HR00692199. I'm not sure if the water supply line is plastic or copper but I can check - is the supply line the line that is coming out of the wall behind my fridge?
by Manage My Life
October 5th, 2011
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scott d
Thank you for your question. I can understand your concern about the water. The information you have received from James is correct. A plastic water supply line is the most common reason this occurs. If the line is plastic, it needs to be changed to copper. Regardless

if the line is plastic or copper, when this problem occurs, I recommend replacing the reservoir because it will absorb the odor. That's why when the water sits in it for awhile you will get the odor and taste. If you would like more assistance, reply to this thread and please include the complete model and serial number and I will be glad to assist you further.
by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Appliances
October 5th, 2011
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I'm sorry to hear that you are having some difficulties with your Whirlpool Refrigerator's water tasting funny. I did some research for you at Managemylife.com and found an expert answer to a similar question that may help until your expert can respond to your specific question. The link is attached below. The expert who will assist you, can walk you through a repair like this or let you know if this may be something a technician should perform. He can also verify parts that may be required for you to order. If you do decide to schedule service and have a qualified technician help you, I have also attached a link to Searshomeservices.com. I hope these links provided assist you.
by Manage My Life
October 4th, 2011
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