Question about Frigidaire FRS23R4A Side by Side Refrigerator
Water that comes from any foset is clear and also from the ref. But when I take ice cubes and put them in the water all kinds of white particles come out of the ice and float around. I even changed the filter and flushed the system for ten minutes. I still get the particles.
Undissolved minerals can appear when ice cubes are added to chilled drinking water. Freezing tap water causes dissolved minerals to solidify and scatter, giving a cloudy appearance. When ice cubes melt, any undissolved minerals settle to the bottom. These mineral compounds in our drinking water are naturally occurring and safe.
Sometimes we see black particles which can be the non-stick surface of the ice mold flaking off.
Posted on Sep 07, 2009
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Today my wife filled her clear plastic water bottle with cool water from
the dispenser on the front of the refrigerator door and ice from the automatic ice maker. Some hours later when she went to drink it she noticed a large number of small white flakes in the water, kind of like snowflakes, not to gross you out but to give you some size perspective, like dandruff suspended in water. The flakes appear to be slightly heavier than water since they will suspend if the water is agitated but will settle slowly to the bottom eventually. I get similar white flakes when using ice cube trays filled with tap water in southern California. Given the hardness of the local water, I think they're just mineral deposits that form into flakes when the ice has had a chance to sit and evaporate/sublimate for awhile. Does the ice in your ice maker sit for a while (sometimes a few days will do it) before it gets used? Maybe you can try cleaning out the whole ice maker, wiping it down with a mild vinegar or soap solution, then see if the fresh ice has the same flakes in it. Also, if the water for the ice maker is going through your old filter,(your is new now) and if the filter is the kind that removes minerals from the water, replacing the filter might solve the problem. We sometimes have dark flecks in our ice. I think it's breakdown of the lining of the ice maker. I'm not sure but I suspect that the ice maker is lined with a nonstick surface to let the ice slip out more easily. Some believe some sort of mineral condensation. Ice cubes freeze from the outside in. Ice is formed from pure water (hydrogen and oxygen) therefore the minerals such as calcium and magnesium normally found in the water sometimes end up as visible particulates in the core of the ice cube. The white particles are not toxic. And some people even say that to claim this is happening that digital photos of this happening is worth more than a thousand words. I would also like more input from you or anyone that has this problem so I can add this Q&A to our forum and here at Fixya
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We have heard ( from forum comments ) a number of complaints recently that the chemicals used in water treatment facilities are causing the material the water reservoirs are made from to break down and particles appearing as white flakes in the dispensed water. In that case, replacing the reservoir is usually necessary.
Water contamination cases have made it necessary for treatment plants to improve the water quality.
Most manufacturers originally used a molded plastic water reservoir which is what seems to be breaking down. Many fridge manufacturers are now selling a coil of plastic tubing (like used in the rest of the water system) in place of the molded plastic reservoir. You can see some of the replacement kits at the following link:
Whirlpool fridge water reservoir replacement kit
Frigidaire water reservoir replacement kit
Maytag water reservoir tube kit
It is unknown at the moment if GE has gone to one of these tubing kits but you can see an original molded plastic water reservoir that is used on GE refrigerators at the following link
General Electric fridge water reservoir
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Posted on Sep 07, 2009
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