Refrigerator Ice is Dirty

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Refrigerator ice is dirty are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Refrigerator ice is dirty

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Cause 1Water Supply Tube

During normal use the water supply tubes will have water flowing through them keeping them clean. If the water supply gets disconnected or water is left in the tube and not used for 6 to 12 months, it can become discolored. If the water at the other faucets in the house is ok and you have replaced the water filter you may need to replace the water tubing to the ice maker to resolve the issue.

Cause 2Ice Maker Assembly

If the icemaker tray has a coating, the coating may be wearing off. If you are getting pieces or chunks of material stuck in the ice, check the ice maker tray. If the coating on the tray is corroded and flaking off, replace the icemaker.

Cause 3Dirty Water Supply

The water supplied to the house may be dirty. The ice maker uses the same water as the faucet. Often, a fire hydrant that was flushed or a broken water main can cause dirty water. In these cases, you should run the water for awhile at the faucet to clear out the lines and discard the ice until the water clears up.

Cause 4Water Filter

If the ice being dispensed is dirty, it's possible that residue from an old water filter is getting into the water being supplied to the ice maker. Water filters should be replaced every six months for optimum water filtration.