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Offline 2kcloudy

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Kenmore side by side, water tastes terrible
« on: July 19, 2008, 08:59:29 AM »

I have a 3.5 year old kenmore side by side and the logic board has died twice.  Most recently, the fridge was off for 12 days waiting for the part.  When it was fixed, we started using the water from it again and it tastes terrible.  i've flushed the lines over and over and changed the water filter, still no luck.  Any water that sits in the internal lines just tastes terrible.  What are my options?  Has anyone replaced the waterlines through the fridge before?  BTW, my tap water tastes just fine, so I know it has to do w/something in the lines.  TIA for the help.

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Re: Kenmore side by side, water tastes terrible
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2008, 09:13:06 AM »
Hi 2kcloudy

Could we get the model number of that refrigerator?

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Re: Water tastes terrible
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2008, 09:58:35 AM »
Foul tastes in water tanks on the fridge have been an interest of mine for several years. It took lots of trial and error to finally grasp what was contributing to the problem. The first problem came to arise from the latest trend of filtering the incoming water. Although it is a good idea to remove certain contaminants, such as cryptosporidium cysts, etc., these filters also tend to remove the chlorine elements from the treated water, thus rendering the output water 'without preservatives", so to speak. Since the refrigerator conveniently holds 2 quarts of chilled water in a plastic reservoir, the water has time to sit and develop microscopic byproducts,  many of which add taste and even white floaties to the water from the reservoir. In these cases, a new reservoir is recommended to rid the unit of the contamination. Not a difficult nor very expensive venture.

The other thing I found extremely interesting was the choice of water line used from the wall to the refrigerator. Many installers and hardware stores promote white or blue plasic vinyl water lines due to their flxibilty. These are a soft plastic, often seen with interwoven string in the opaque skin for reinforcement. The only problem with these is that they invariably add a nasty taste to the water which filters do not react to. It is a chemical taste in my opinion, but customers have described it in other, less tactful terms. My recommendation is to replace such an installation with the old standard 8-foot of 1/4" copper tubing coiled up for easy movement of the refrigerator. Copper will not addd one bit of taste to the water and will last a long time. Do the water line first, then replace the reservoir if the taste does not completely go away. You may not be able to flush the taste from the reservoir, as it is porous and retains precipitates.
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Re: Kenmore side by side, water tastes terrible
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2008, 10:05:34 AM »
Very interesting post Repair-man.

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Re: Kenmore side by side, water tastes terrible
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2008, 04:28:56 PM »
I've also read (and tried it), that the white floaties can be found in the ice (water) when it melts, from the calcium in the water.

The "freezing" precipitates the calcium and then doesn't dissolve back into the water.


"Melting ice cubes sometimes precipitate white flakes, commonly known as "floaties". This is calcium carbonate which is present in many water supplies and is completely harmless."
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