Appliance Repair Tips: Why Does the Ice in My Freezer Smell and Taste Funny

Does the ice coming from your ice maker taste bad or emit a foul smell? If you’re shaking your head yes, don’t worry, you are not alone. Unfortunately, unsavory ice is not uncommon, however, once you discover the reason behind the unpleasant taste, solving the problem is pretty simple. To help you get started, we’ve listed two quick fixes that will eliminate any undesirable flavor or odor from your ice.

  1. The food in your freezer and refrigerator can affect how your ice smells and tastes. For starters, items that have gone bad, but are still taking up space in your appliance may lead to your ice having an unsavory flavor or color, especially if the food is not tightly sealed. Even unspoiled food can impact the quality of your ice. Removing old leftovers from your freezer and refrigerator and properly sealing other foods in airtight containers will keep your ice from absorbing any undesirable odors or flavors.
  2. Your ice maker is equipped with a water filter. The filter helps remove contaminants from your water, which ensures your ice does not come out cloudy, smelly, or tasting poorly. When the filter becomes dirty, the quality of your ice can drastically decrease. Luckily, if your ice has changed in appearance, flavor, or odor, simply cleaning or replacing the dirty filter should solve the problem. We suggest checking your refrigerator’s owner’s manual for directions on how to care for the water filter in your appliance.

If the above solutions don’t rid your ice of its pungent taste and smell, a call to Dave Smith Appliance Services is your next step. To ensure your ice maker is working properly, please contact us today, and we’ll be happy to diagnose and fix the problem.