Refrigerator Ice Cubes Taste Bad

GE Appliances does extensive taste and odor testing on all of its refrigerators and freezers. Your refrigerator does not contain any mechanical parts that will produce an odor or cause a bad taste in your food or ice cubes. Food can transfer odors and tastes to ice. Even food in the refrigerator compartment can transfer an odor or taste to the freezer to cause bad tasting ice.

There are four (4) conditions that can cause an odor or taste in your ice:

  1. Open food containers, or spilled foods
  2. Low ice usage. Old or stale ice will absorb food odors.
  3. Bad water supply. Sulfur, algae, minerals, salt, etc. in the water supply can cause bad tasting water which results in bad tasting ice.
  4. Old water filter. If you have a water filtration system, the filter should be replaced every 6 months or as recommended by the manufacturer.

If you do not have an internal water filter model, an accessory water filter kit is available from GE Appliance Parts to alleviate this problem. It is an activated carbon filter which removes taste and odor only. Purchase a GE Appliance part online - the part number for the kit is GXRTDR. The filter should be replaced every 6 months.

The filter should be installed on the copper tubing that runs from the basement or under the kitchen sink to the refrigerator. GE Appliances does not recommend using plastic tubing for the water supply line.

If you already have a water filtration system adding the filter mentioned above will not help. It may be time to replace your filter.