Freestanding Ice Maker: Ice cubes taste bad

If the ice cubes from your ice maker taste bad, likely causes include a dirty evaporator plate, untreated water supply or food items being stored in the ice storage bin. Mineral deposits build up on the evaporator plate and can eventually lead to bad-tasting ice, so run a cleaning cycle to clean the evaporator plate.

If ice cubes still taste bad after running the cleaning cycle, check the water supply going to the ice maker—bad-tasting water will produce bad-tasting ice. To check the water supply, unplug the ice maker and shut off the water supply cut-off valve. Disconnect the water supply line and collect a sample of the supply water in a container and taste the water. If it tastes bad, have a plumber examine and repair the water supply going to the ice maker.

Don't store food in the ice bin because the ice will absorb odors and taste from the food.

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These repairs may help solve your freestanding ice maker problem

Run an ice maker cleaning cycle

Run an ice maker cleaning cycle

Follow the directions in your owner's manual to run a cleaning cycle on the ice maker. The cleaning cycle removes hard water deposits and residue from the evaporator plate so the ice slab to forms quickly on the evaporator plate.

Symptoms common to all freestanding ice makers

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Main causes: failing compressor, bad condenser fan motor, faulty drain pump, bad recirculation pump, water supply problems, bad water valve
Main causes: dirty evaporator plate, untreated water supply, food items being stored in ice storage bin
Main causes: water supply problems, control board failure, weak recirculation pump, clogged water distributer, faulty cutting grid
Main causes: lack of electrical power, bad power cord, wiring failure, bad control board, faulty bin thermistor, bad evaporator thermistor
Main causes: bad bin thermistor, condenser fan failure, faulty control board
Main causes: wiring failure, broken cutting grid, faulty electronic control board
Main causes: bad electronic control board, water supply problems, faulty recirculation pump, sealed system failure, broken cutting grid
Main causes: cracked water supply line, leaky drain line, broken drain pump, cracked water reservoir, leaky ice bin

Repair guides common to all freestanding ice makers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your ice maker.

How to replace a freestanding ice maker cutter grid

When the cutting grid is broken, ice cubes don’t drop into the ice bin. Use the steps in this repair guide to replace a broken cutter grid.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace a freestanding ice maker electronic control board

When the electronic control board won’t activate the ice maker components, follow these steps to install a new one.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace a freestanding ice maker recirculation pump

If your ice maker isn’t making ice, the pump could be the problem. Here’s how to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all freestanding ice makers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your ice maker.

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How to repair broken or damaged wires video

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4 tips for better ice from an ice maker

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