Why Your GE Refrigerator Ice Tastes Bad or Smells Funny

A quick sniff or sip is enough to confirm that your refrigerator ice has a bad smell or taste. Wondering why ice from my GE refrigerator smells or tastes bad? If frozen items aren’t properly wrapped or contained, ice can absorb food odor. Troubleshoot why GE refrigerator ice tastes bad with these common causes.

How to Banish Foul Flavors When Your GE Refrigerator Ice Tastes Bad

When GE refrigerator ice tastes bad some simple maintenance can usually restore its flavor. Here’s how to fix bad tasting water from refrigerator and eliminate smelly ice with easy DIY solutions.

1. Contaminated Tap Water

When refrigerator ice cubes smell or taste bad, first assess your tap water. Water that’s contaminated with chemicals, sulfur, or other impurities can cause refrigerator ice and water to have a bad taste. While a refrigerator water filter can remove some of these contaminants, others often remain. Similarly, the minerals in hard water can also be a reason GE refrigerator ice tastes bad or smells funny.

If you suspect your tap water is contaminated, have it tested to assess its quality. It may be necessary to purchase a home water filtration system to further purify your water. Areas with hard water may benefit from a water softening system to improve taste and smell.

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2. Ice Is Absorbing Food Odors

Frozen items that are insufficiently wrapped or contained can also result in bad-smelling ice. Wondering why do my ice cubes taste funny when exposed to frozen food? Ice easily absorbs food odor, even without direct contact. Even refrigerator odors can affect the taste and smell of ice.

Here’s how to prevent ice from absorbing food odor:

  • Store food properly: When freezing or refrigerating food, make sure it’s wrapped sufficiently or stored in a secure container.
  • Remove spoiled food promptly: Check for unused or spoiled items on a weekly basis and dispose of them.
  • Clean the freezer regularly: Mix a solution of 1 Tbsp baking soda and 1 quart water. Empty the freezer and refrigerator and wipe down the interiors with the solution and a clean cloth. Dry thoroughly and repeat every 3-4 months to prevent odor.

3. Ice Cubes Have Become Stale

Just like food, ice can become stale if left unused. Sitting for long periods of time allows the ice to absorb food odor and could even facilitate mold growth. Lingering water in the refrigerator water dispenser can suffer the same issues without regular use. 

If your GE refrigerator ice tastes bad after a period of disuse, first dispose of the old ice. Wash the ice bin in soap and warm water before dispensing a fresh batch of ice. Flush the water dispenser by dispensing and disposing of 1-2 gallons of water.

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4. Need to Replace Refrigerator Water Filter

A refrigerator water filter screens contaminants from tap water to produce clean drinking water and ice. Over time, the filter can become clogged with these impurities, preventing it from filtering properly. When this happens, contaminants will remain in the tap water and give ice and filtered water a bad smell or taste. You may also notice your refrigerator not dispensing ice or water due to a limited water supply.

GE recommends changing the refrigerator water filter every 6 months with an OEM filter. You may need to change it more frequently if your ice or water starts to smell bad.

Here’s how to change a dirty GE refrigerator water filter:

  • Consult your user manual to determine the filter location and type.
  • Remove the older filter by turning it counterclockwise.
  • Push the new filter gently in and upward, turning clockwise to secure.
  • Purge the system by dispensing and disposing of 1-2 gallons of water.

5. Ice Maker Requires Cleaning

If your ice maker smells like mildew it will likely produce ice with the same odor and taste. While cleaning your ice maker twice a year can prevent bad smells, you may need to do so immediately if your ice has been exposed to odor or spills. Cleaning is also helpful in ice maker troubleshooting of poor ice production.

Follow these steps to clean your GE ice maker:

  • Dispose of dispensed ice.
  • Remove the ice bin and wash it thoroughly with soap and warm water. A solution of baking soda and water can remove persistent odor. Allow the bin to air dry completely.
  • Wash the ice maker with a washcloth dipped in warm, soapy water or a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water.
  • Dip a toothbrush in the solution to access hard-to-reach parts.
  • Dry the ice maker thoroughly with a clean cloth.
  • Replace the ice bin.
  • Dispense and dispose of the first 2-3 batches of ice.

If your GE refrigerator ice tastes bad after these interventions you may need an ice maker repair. Schedule your assessment with Ortega’s Appliance Service today!

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