Water from refrigerator tastes bad after 5 day power outage


The water from refrigerator tastes very bad after 5 day power outage. Everything rotted in the fridge and we had to clean it out after the power came back on. The fridge is fine now, but the water that feeds the ice machine and the chilled water spout still tastes pretty funky.

I tried to flush the system by running water through it for a while, that seems to help temporarily, but the funky taste came back.

This is the refrigerator that I have: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_04651073000P

This is the manual for it: http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/lis_pdf/OWNM/1006612L.pdf

Should I just change the water filter in the fridge, or will I have to flush the system some kind of cleaning agent?

How is this kind of thing normally handled?


Best Answer

I am guessing that the rest of the house has no issues with smell or taste of the water. My first step would be to empty the ice tray and wash it really well with a mix of baking soda and water mixed into a paste. While the ice tray is out carefully check the ice unit for any evidence of mold or odors. Change the filter. Purge the system by making and throwing out a couple of trays of ice. Fill and dispose of a couple of gallons of water out of the dipenser.