Ice cubes clinking in a glass seem to make certain beverages taste better, almost special. But there’s nothing special about taking your first sip to discover the ice smells and tastes bad. We’ll review a range of reasons why your LG refrigerator ice tastes bad from tap water issues to old water filters. We’ll also discuss how to solve the problem so you can go back to enjoying a cold drink.

LG Refrigerator Ice Tastes Bad? Here’s How to Freeze the Problem in Its Tracks

Fortunately, when your LG refrigerator ice tastes bad, there are some simple causes and straightforward solutions. We’ll show you how to pinpoint the source of the problem and implement some easy answers.

#1. Tap Water Issues

If your LG refrigerator icemaker bad taste causes you to blame the icemaker, we suggest you consider the source as well. Sometimes, it’s the tap water that’s the problem and not the icemaker or refrigerator. In some cases the minerals in hard water can give it a different taste. Similarly, unfiltered water can make you feel your ice tastes like chemicals when compared to filtered water.

In this case, we recommend calling your local water company to assess the source of your water. You can also purchase a water filtration kit for your home or a water softening system to resolve hard water issues.

#2. Food Odors

While it may not seem likely, food odors in the refrigerator can affect the taste and smell of ice and water. Spilled food, open containers, and spoiled items can all easily create odors that transfer to your ice and water supply. Here’s how to clean your refrigerator and prevent food odor migration:

  • Remove any spoiled food and open containers.
  • Wipe down the refrigerator and freezer with a damp cloth and mild soap.
  • Ensure that all food is properly sealed before replacing.
  • Place a closed box of baking soda in both the freezer and refrigerator to help absorb odor.
  • Perform regular refrigerator cleanings every 3-4 months.
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#3. Stale Ice Cubes

If you’re not prone to use your ice maker or water dispenser frequently, both the ice and water can become stale. Ice and water that sit for a long time can even develop mold and you may notice your refrigerator water tastes like mildew. Here’s how to eliminate stale-tasting water and ice:

  • Remove the refrigerator ice bin and throw away the old ice.
  • Wash the bin in warm soapy water and dry it well before replacing it.
  • Flush the water supply line to the icemaker with clean water to rid the tubing of any mold or mildew.
  • Flush the water dispenser by pouring a cup of white vinegar down the water dispenser tubing. Allow to sit for five minutes then dispense water repeatedly until vinegar taste is gone.

#4: Old Water Filter

When your LG refrigerator ice tastes bad sometimes simply replacing your water filter will do the trick. The water filter works to screen out particles from your refrigerator water but, over time, it can become clogged.

We suggest replacing your water filter every 6 months to prevent clogs and keep your ice free of particles. Replacing with the same make and model as your refrigerator’s original filter will ensure proper fit and function.

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#5. Dirty Icemaker

Over time your icemaker itself can absorb food odor or become clogged with food particles. When this happens, you may notice your ice tastes bad but the water is fine. Here’s how to clean your ice maker and banish bad-tasting ice:

  1. Lift up the metal bar on your ice maker to stop ice production or turn ice maker off
  2. Remove ice bin and dispose of old ice
  3. Wash bin in warm soapy water
  4. Wipe down icemaker and bin with a solution of 1/2cup bleach and 1cup water
  5. Rinse the bin
  6. Thoroughly dry icemaker and bin
  7. Turn icemaker back on

We hope these simple tips solve the problem when your LG refrigerator ice tastes bad. If bad-tasting ice still makes it hard to enjoy a cold drink, you may need an LG ice maker repair service. In that case, Solar Appliance is happy to help with a fast and reliable repair!