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Water problem My fridge has been dispensing dirty tasting water. seems like it gets better after i run a couple gallons through it. But the next morning it tastes really bad again. I've tried three different filters but it doesn't seem to work. Where do i start?

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  • Clarence1 Apr 25, 2008

    I am having the same problem. I have Frigidaire Gallery refrig, about 10 years old, and the water has a carbon or dirt taste. It is perfectly clear and the taste improves after I run a full glass of water through. I have changed the filter with no improvement.



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If the lines are plastic then it has to do with your water supply line. is the supply a saddle type valve in your basement and is it connected to a copper pipe or a galvanized steel pipe?

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Whirlpool remedy
Off-taste, odor or gray color in the ice
1.Are the plumbing connections new, causing discolored or
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2.Have the ice cubes been stored too long? Throw old ice
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3.Does the freezer and ice storage bin need to be cleaned?
See “Cleaning” or “Ice Maker and Storage Bin.”
4.Has food in the freezer or refrigerator been wrapped
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