There is nothing quite like a drink of ice-cold water dispensed directly from your refrigerator. There is also nothing quite like a bad taste to your filtered water to ruin the experience. There are a few reasons why the filtered water from the fridge tastes bad and a number of ways in which you can fix the problem.
- Water Tastes Like Plastic
Filtered water that tastes like plastic is normally only a problem with a new fridge or just after the filter in the refrigerator has been changed. The plastic taste should disappear on its own within a few days. If it doesn’t, run water through the dispenser for a few minutes to replace the water that is kept cool in the water compartment. The problem may however also be due to the tap water running to the fridge.
While there is no evidence to suggest that drinking water that tastes like plastic may be harmful, it is best to try to resolve the issue.
- Water Tastes Old
If the water tastes old, this is probably because it has absorbed the odors from food that is placed in your fridge. Clean the refrigerator and place a small bowl of bicarbonate of soda in the fridge to absorb any remaining odors. Make sure that all food is placed in airtight containers that seal properly to prevent odors from contaminating your water. The filter in your fridge may also absorb food odors that are passed on to the filtered water. Replace the filter if cleaning the fridge and getting rid of food odors doesn’t resolve the problem.
There is no danger in drinking water that has absorbed food odors although it doesn’t taste very fresh.
- Water Tastes Moldy
This could be a problem with food that has gone bad in the refrigerator contaminating your water with mold spores. It could also be a result of mold occurring somewhere else in the fridge. Get rid of all the old food, clean the fridge and use bicarbonate of soda to absorb remaining odors. If this doesn’t solve the issue, have your refrigerator serviced and ask the serviceman or team to check for mold.
It is not a good idea to drink water that tastes moldy. Mold spores can be toxic to humans.
- Water Tastes Slimy
If the filtered water tastes slimy or has a slimy consistency, this could be due to algae. Algae can grow in the water container, pipes or even the filter if these are not cleaned and/or replaced regularly. Check the container for green algae as well as the pipes leading to and from the dispenser and clean these properly. Replace the filter if it looks like it has algae growth. Have your refrigerator serviced and checked for algae by the experts.
It is not recommended to drink water that has been affected by algae. Although it is not exactly toxic, it can lead to a slightly upset stomach.
- Water Tastes Flat
Water from the tap runs into a container where it is cooled before it is dispensed. If the water has been standing in the container for an extended period of time, it can taste flat or stale. Simply run the dispenser until the entire contents of the container have been replaced and allow to cool before enjoying a refreshing drink.
Although stale water doesn’t taste great, it should be safe to drink unless it has been standing for a period of more than 2 weeks.
It is highly recommended to change the filter in your refrigerator water dispensing unit at least every six months to prevent odors and microbes from affecting the taste and becoming hazardous to your health.