The ice made in your ice dispenser should make your drinks cool—it shouldn't make your drinks taste bad! If your ice smells and tastes bad, you have a problem that you may easily be able to fix. Below, you will find out what you can do to put a stop to the smelly ice coming from your dispenser.
Give It a Good Cleaning
The easiest and most common fix for stinky ice is to give the fridge and ice maker a good cleaning.
Start by cleaning out your fridge. Pull all of the drawers and shelves out to get all of the residue that you miss during the light cleanings. It only takes a little gook in the nooks and crannies to cause enough smell to make the food and your ice smell and taste terrible. Mix ¼ cup white vinegar with a gallon of hot water and wipe down every surface in the fridge.
Next, clean out the ice tray and holding bin. Remove both pieces from the freezer and soak them in a gallon of water with ¼ cup white vinegar mixed in. Let them soak for a few hours to allow the vinegar to break down the nasty stuff that is causing the ice to turn out tasting terribly. Rinse both pieces well and place them back into the freezer and give it a try.
If these cleaning steps didn't fix your stinky ice problem, continue with a few other tricks that could help.
Replace the Filter
Look inside your freezer directly above the ice-making machine. You should see a small filter. If you don't see one, the filter may be located on the back of the refrigerator. Replace the filter with a new one and give the ice another test. If this isn't the solution, continue on to the last step.
Flush the Supply Line
Your last-ditch effort to take the stink out of your ice is to flush the water supply line that feeds the water into the ice maker. To do this, follow these steps:
- Pull out the refrigerator and unplug it.
- Go to where the water supply line shuts off and turn it off.
- Disconnect the line from the back of the fridge and place it in a bucket or pot.
- Let the water drain out of the line.
- Carefully pour white vinegar into the line and hang it on the back of the fridge or on the wall to let it sit for a while.
- Now, drain and rinse the water line.
- Reconnect the line to the freezer and give things another test.
If you have completed all of the above and still have stinky ice, contact a local appliance repair technician, like J & M Appliance, for help.