I have a 2 year old Whirlpool side by side fridge/freezer. The water started tasting and smelling bad a couple of weeks ago. I changed the filter, flushed water through the new filter and the smell and taste were gone. I went back a couple of hours later to get more water and the smell and taste were back. I flusehd more water through it, the smell and taste went away. Went back a couple hours later, the smell and taste were back. I changed the filter a second time but I'm still having the same problem. The ice seems to be fine - if I let some ice cubes melt and then drink the water, it doesn't taste or smell bad.
I'm sorry to hear that you are having some difficulties with your Whirlpool Refrigerator's water tasting funny. I did some research for you at Managemylife.com and found an expert answer to a similar question that may help until your expert can respond to your specific question. The link is attached below. The expert who will assist you, can walk you through a repair like this or let you know if this may be something a technician should perform. He can also verify parts that may be required for you to order. If you do decide to schedule service and have a qualified technician help you, I have also attached a link to Searshomeservices.com. I hope these links provided assist you.
Thank you for your question. I can understand your concern about the water. The information you have received from James is correct. A plastic water supply line is the most common reason this occurs. If the line is plastic, it needs to be changed to copper. Regardless if the line is plastic or copper, when this problem occurs, I recommend replacing the reservoir because it will absorb the odor. That's why when the water sits in it for awhile you will get the odor and taste. If you would like more assistance, reply to this thread and please include the complete model and serial number and I will be glad to assist you further.
I suggest removing the plastic line that is connected the copper line and make it an all copper line to the refrigerator. Most any local hardware store will have the copper line and connections for this. I also recommend replacing the reservoir. Unfortunately, the model number listed is not complete and I'm unable to access any information. There should be at least one number and sometimes 2 numbers in the model. If you would like more assistance, I will be glad to assist you further.
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