If the ice coming out of your ice maker does not taste or smell right, do not assume that you have to replace the ice maker. While this might be what needs to be done, there are other potential reasons it could smell. Read on to learn what they are and then contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 if you need help from appliance repair experts.
- The Ice Has Become Stale Many people have no idea that if they do not use their ice maker for a period of time, it can get stale. When ice sits in the freezer for weeks or months at a time, it can absorb the odors in that freezer or even from the fridge. If you need ice and have not used any for a few weeks or more, consider dumping it out and making new ice.
- Your Water Filter Needs to Be Replaced If you notice your water not tasting or smelling right, one of the first things you should do is check to see if you need to replace your water filter. If it is older and has become clogged with debris and other particles, then it might not be able to screen out contaminants. If the water is impure, then the ice it makes is likely to have a bad taste and be impure too. Most refrigerator water filters only need to be replaced every six months or so, but if you use a lot more water than average, you might need to replace it sooner. Likewise, if you have hard water, then your filter may get clogged more easily.
- Your Filter Has Become Exposed to Food in Your Freezer Do you have stinky food in your freezer? Old ice can absorb food odors and get a bad taste. The ice does not have to be old though, if the food within the freezer is stinky. This is why you should completely wrap and cover your freezer food. If you do not, then it could be giving off a smell that is getting into your ice.
- Your Water Supply is Poor It could be that there is an issue with the water supply to your entire home. Some minerals, deposits, and impurities can get into the pipes and give your water a bad taste. You might notice it at first when you are drinking, but freezing it can concentrate the bad odors and flavors.
If you are worried that there is something wrong with your fridge or freezer, or you need your water filter changed, remember that American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 is here to provide all the help you need. We are looking forward to helping improve the quality of your water and ice.