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Why does my fridge's filtered water taste ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE but only at certain times of day?
posted by Nattie to home & garden (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a Whirlpool refrigerator with a built-in water filter for the door. In the morning, and in the evening, the water from the filter has this absolutely foul aftertaste and smell. It's hard to describe, it's rather mildewy and bitter, and it seems like a lot of the taste actually comes from the smell; I mostly taste it in the back of my throat after I swallow. It's different from that potting soil taste that tap water can have. My husband can't taste it, but I can.
Here's the weird thing: the tap water does not taste foul. It tastes sorta meh like LA tap water does to me (better than a lot of places), but it does not have this nasty taste. Nothing else tastes foul. It's not like I have a weird taste in my mouth morning or evening either, because I will try water from the fridge, it's gross, then I try bottled or tap water and it's fine, and I'll taste the fridge water again and it's gross.
We just got the fridge in September so I thought maybe the filter it came with was messed up somehow; it's supposed to last six months, but who knows, right? So I got a new, even better version of the filter that filters out more stuff. At first I was excited because the water tasted fine early yesterday evening! Then the morning rolls around and it's gross again.
I tried the water this afternoon and it was fine again. WHAT THE HELL.
It's so gross I can't even drink the water, and I'm not that prissy about water tastes because like I said, I will drink the tap water and it's not awful. I can't believe my husband can't taste it because it's VERY strong to me, but he can't taste a lot of stuff I can. I don't think I'm just crazy either because I don't have to be told where the water came from to know it's from the fridge; I never mistake any other water for fridge water.
All I can figure is it has something to do with the cold: when it gets cold, the water starts tasting gross. When it warms up in the afternoon, it's fine again. The water itself is pretty much the same temperature -- relatively cool -- whenever I get it from the fridge, though; I'm pretty sure it chills the warmer water itself in the afternoon.
- Could there be something in the pipes that is released/dissolved/something when it's cold, and that causes the nasty taste, which then somehow doesn't get filtered out by the fridge filter? If so, what, and is there anything I can do about it? We live near LA so when it gets dark right now it can get down to 45F, and during the day it's been 60 to 70F.
- Could there be something between the filter and the water spout on the door that's causing the nasty taste? If so, why does it only do it certain times of day?
- Something else?
PLEASE HOPE ME. The main reason we bought the fridge was so we wouldn't have to buy bottled water or keep refilling a Pur pitcher, so this has been pretty disappointing and honestly weird.