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Why Your Ice Maker Is Producing Bad Ice And What You Can Do

by Brent Hart

Ice is used for many different reasons and occasions year round. The pleasure of hosting a party or event means that you have to keep ice stocked for drinks. During the hotter months of the year, ice tends to increase as it is a convenient way to keep your beverages chilled. Of course, you could always purchase bags of ice from the store and nearby gas stations, even some fast food joints sell ice by the bag now. However, it is much more convenient and easier for you to have an ice maker in your own home.

One of the most convenient ways to get continuous ice is to have an ice maker in your refrigerator. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for your ice to have a weird and funky taste.

What Could Be Causing The Ice To Taste Bad?

Many people enjoy the benefits and convenience of an ice maker without performing routine maintenance on them. It's one of those household items that you can easily forget needs to be cared for on a regular basis. When it starts producing ice that has odors and odd tastes, it's time to figure out why. Below are possible reasons your ice maker might be giving you unusable ice and ways to combat the problem.

The Ice Isn't The Problem At All: The foods you are storing are not properly covered and the scents are being transferred to your ice. Use more secure storing techniques to resolve the issue.

The Ice is Becoming Stale: You are allowing the ice to sit and become stale instead of using or discarding it. Use your ice often or discard it after a few weeks. Melt it down to be used in the flower garden.

The Water The Ice is Using is Bad: There is a problem with the source of water the ice maker uses. Make sure the water going to your ice maker isn't already stale. Clean your hose and catch tray often.

The Filter in the Ice Maker is Dirty: The filter for your water and/or ice maker needs to be replaced. You should replace your filter regularly anyway, but even more often if the ice becomes unusable.

The Ice Maker is Dirty: There are dirt particles or grime trapped in some part of your ice maker. The entire unit needs to be taken apart and thoroughly cleansed, especially if you use it a lot.

In addition to taking the necessary steps above, you should have your ice maker serviced once a year by a professional like A OK Appliance Service. Request the filter, hose, and even the ice tray to be serviced and replaced if necessary.