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Refridgerator water odor

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My kenmore elite refridgerator developed a problem that the water and ice that comes from it smells like rotten eggs or something. This might have developed during a time I was not using the water despenser much due to not getting a water filter for it. It's like the water lines inside the refridgerator developed a mold or something in them. After putting a new filter in it the smell was gone for about 2 weeks but is now back again. It's like the mold grew through the filter. Help!


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  • hal_fisher Jun 20, 2008

    This smell does not come from the primary water line and is still present a few weeks after a new filter (long big one) is installed in the fridge. It actually smells like Halitosis. I mean so much so that it is probably the bacteria that is causing it. I guess the only fix is to replace all the lines, filter, and pump in the fridge.


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I think I fixed the smell problem. Of course it may come back in a few weeks but what I did was I used a large syringe filled with vinegar and pumped that through the lines. I was able to get a really good seal using just the plastic tip of the syringe pressed really hard against my abdomine while I used the water despenser to let the pressure go through the line. I left the filter in because I think the bacteria had contaminated it as well. I kept refilling the syringe and pressing it into the fridge's water line and running the water dispenser at the same time until I got about 10 oz of vinegar in the lines. At that point I could taste the vinegar coming out in the water. I then ran out of vinegar (oops) so I started waiting till I could drive to get more vinegar but gave up after waiting over 1.5 hours (I had a reason why I could not just go and get more). At that point I was kind of worried I might pickle the lines and never get the taste of vinegar out so I reconnected the water lines and flushed the vinegar through (about 2,5 gallons). It seems to still be good tasting after the second day so at least I know the vinegar kills that bacteria, just not sure if I got enough vinegar through to completely fill the lines (it only tasted a little like vinegar when I ran out). I don't think a plumber would know to try this.

Hope this helps others.


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  • hal_fisher Dec 08, 2013

    I used WHITE vinegar which is much stronger then the apple cider type. Also, this problem never came back, this fix it!


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