Water quality Ice maker

Published on April 29th, 2018 | by Henri


Ice cubes taste bad

Q. We have a problem with the taste of our ice cubes. Our home is on a slab, and our water is from a drilled well. We had a professional plumber install an ice maker kit 6 weeks ago. The ice maker is connected to the cold water supply via approximately 25 feet of 1/4″ polyethylene tubing. It is connected to the softened water side of the cold water line.

To date, our ice still has a strange taste when it melts, even though we have dumped it repeatedly. Prior to the installation, we were using water from our faucet to make ice in cube trays. Since we made our own ice cubes previously with no problem, we don’t see where that might be the cause.

I checked my copy of About the House with Henri de Marne but couldn’t find any reference to this problem and/or solution. I am at a loss – any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

PS – the taste is that of a chemical nature, as best we can describe, and has subsided considerably since installation.

A. I think that you have found the source of the chemical taste of your ice cubes. It sounds as if it is coming from the polyethylene tubing, and it is diminishing as water, running through it, is leaching out the harmful chemicals.

Consider dumping the ice cubes daily and making new ones until the chemical taste is all gone or ask your plumber to replace the tubing with another material, such as copper.

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