Does your Whirlpool refrigerator water taste bad after changing the filter? Don’t worry. This is a common issue that you can easily resolve in just a few steps.

The bad taste could be due to several issues – from a badly fitted filter to clogs and blockages in the system.

So let’s get straight into how to fix it:

Step 1: Verify the Filter is Installed Properly

First and foremost, make sure that you’ve installed the new filter correctly. It may seem obvious, but can be easily overlooked.

You want to ensure a tight fit so there are no leaks or air pockets. If it appears that the filter is not installed properly, remove it and reinstall it following the manufacturer’s instructions that came with the filter.

You also need to verify that you have a certified genuine Whirlpool filter installed. Generic filters won’t always fit properly, leading to poor tasting water.

Step 2: Flush Out any Contaminants

After verifying that your new filter is properly installed, flush out any contaminants that may have been left behind during installation by running water for about 5 minutes until it runs clear.

This will help reduce any remaining impurities in the water supply line caused by disturbances during installation of the new filter and improve its taste.

Step 3: Check for Clogs or Blockages

If after flushing out any contaminants and running several glasses of water through the system, you still experience poor tasting water, check for clogs or blockages in either side of your refrigerator’s water line.

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Disconnect both ends of the line and clean them with warm soapy water if needed before reconnecting them securely. If this doesn’t fix the problem then contact a professional service technician who can investigate further.                                                                          

Step 4: Clean Out the Water Dispenser Nozzle

The next thing you should do is clean out any buildup around the nozzle where your ice and water come out of the door. Make sure you use a soft cloth so as not to scratch or damage any part of your fridge.

A buildup in this area can affect how well your filter works and can also cause bad tasting water if it’s not removed.

Step 5: Check Your Refrigerator Settings

Finally, check your refrigerator settings. If they are set too low, this can cause an icy build-up in your freezer and fridge that can prevent proper filtration from happening properly. Be sure to adjust them accordingly for optimal performance.

How to Flush Your Refrigerator Filter After Replacement

Most refrigerator suppliers and manufacturers recommend running 2-4 gallons of water through your refrigerator filter before using it for drinking or making ice.

This helps make sure that any loose carbon particles present when changing out the filter are flushed out of the system, so you don’t end up consuming anything that could potentially harm you.

Since many refrigerators offer ice cubes as well as filtered drinking water, discarding the first batch of ice cubes is also recommended. This is especially true for ice machines that produce large cubes, which can contain more impurities than smaller ones.

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Regularly replacing your refrigerator’s water filter is important for household safety and to maintain fresh tasting water. Most filters should be replaced every 6 months, though this can vary depending on the model.

Final Thoughts

Taking care of bad tasting drinking water from your Whirlpool refrigerator doesn’t have to be complicated.

Just remember to replace your filter every 6 months when indicated on the indicator light or as needed for optimal performance, and always make sure it’s installed correctly for best results.

It’s also important to consult with a professional service technician if all else fails as they will be able to provide further assistance if needed.

About the author

I started working as a quality control manager with the Water Authority of Nassau County in 2005. After a few years, I moved into Water Waste Prevention, where I currently work as the production supervisor. I love my job and the people I work with, but most of all I love spending time with my family.