If the ice from your ice maker or dispenser is producing bad-tasting or bad-smelling ice, here are four easy fixes that may solve this problem.
1. Clean Out Your Refrigerator and Freezer
Water and ice can easily absorb bad odors which can also impact the taste of your ice cubes. Try cleaning out your freezer and refrigerator. If there are bad odors from spoiled or strong-smelling food, they can make their way from the refrigerator into the freezer compartment. Cleaning out both areas will eliminate this issue.
2. Make New Ice
After you perform a deep clean in both the freezer and refrigerator, throw out any old ice and wait for new ice cubes to form. Old, stale ice can easily absorb odors from food, so using ice regularly will keep the supply fresh.
3. Change Your Water Filter
Be sure to replace the filter regularly so impurities from the water supply can be filtered out. Manufacturers recommend water filters be replaced every six months or more depending on usage.
4. Store Food Properly
Make sure any left overs are stored in sealed containers to prevent odors. Packages of meat or bread from the store should be double wrapped in plastic wrap, wax paper, or aluminum foil, then store in a container or plastic freezer bag. This will not only help prevent food odors, but it will also protect your food from freezer burn as well.
Although not an easy fix, your water supply can contain impurities such as sulfur, algae, minerals and salt which can affect the taste and odor of your water and ice. Installing a water filter can help filter out these impurities. We sell an external refrigerator water filter system that can be added to most refrigerator models.
You will also need to install a line to your ice maker from your home’s water supply using a kit like this Copper Tube Refrigerator Water Supply Kit (8003RP).