The ice can taste and smell bad for two reasons. The ice picks up food odors from the fresh food section. I know this sounds weird but the air inside the refrigerator circulates all around and it makes its way into the freezer. The ice bin should be emptied at least once or twice a month. The other thing is water filters or the lack of. If you have an internal filter or one hooked to the back on the water line then when is the last time you changed them? If you don't have one at all then you might want to consider putting one on the system. You can by them at your home improvement store at all different price levels.
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I've had this same problem with more than one freezer (dfferent brands). Every time it happened there didn't seem to be any odiferous food in the refrigerator or freezer. Oddly enough the strange smell was exactly same in both name brand freezers. It was sort of "garlic-like" or maybe a bit of a "fishy" odor. The freezers are located in completely different states-so not the same water supply. The water that comes from the thru-the-door dispenser seems to taste fine.
Do you have water filters on either one of the refrigerators? It may be a water mineral taste that you experience. Filters will usually take most of this out. Are the cubes that you get from either or both models cloudy in the middle? this indicates lots of minerals in the water.
These are the response from Whirlpool for bad taste in the cubes and water. I t sort of goes in hand with what I said. I am sure the response will be the same from most manufacturers. I am not sure what else I can add.
Why does my ice or dispensed water have an odd taste or odor?
Check for properly wrapped food. Ice absorbs odors, so use airtight, moisture-proof packaging to help avoid odor transfer from stored food. If the ice cubes have an odd taste or odor, throw them away. Allow 24 hours for the ice maker to produce more ice.
See also: Cleaning your refrigerator.
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If you have a model without a water filter, a taste or odor problem could come from the water supply. Poor water quality, such as high amounts of iron in the water supply, can cause taste or odor problems.
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