Refrigerator Maintenance for Summer Fun
It’s summer time. You’re looking forward to having a nice ice cold beverage. You fill your glass with ice cubes and the fresh homemade lemonade you just made. You take the first sip and…. It tastes bad. Wonder why? Could be your ice cubes. Food can transfer odors and tastes to ice from within the freezer and even the refrigerator.
There are four (4) conditions that can cause an odor or taste in your ice:
Open food containers, or spilled foods
Low ice usage. Old or stale ice will absorb food odors.
Bad water supply. Sulfur, algae, minerals, salt, etc. in the water supply can cause bad tasting water which results in bad tasting ice.
Old water filter. If you have a water filtration system, the filter should be replaced every 6 months or as recommended by the manufacturer.
See the below step-by-step instructions to help you keep your ice fresh for the summer!
Turn off the ice maker and make sure it is unplugged
Turn off the water supply to the ice machine
Empty the machine and throw out all the ice and water
Remove the parts of the machine to be cleaned as per your owner’s manual instructions
Using one part ice machine cleaner to three parts water, clean all machine parts thoroughly
Rinse parts with clean water
Replace the parts and wipe down all surfaces with soft rag
Let the machine air dry
Plug the machine in and restart the ice maker
Once the first batch of ice is made, discard
Click here to view some great COLD drink recipes for summer!