The tubing for the water reservoir has an orange color in it. Should it be replaced? If it does is it hard to replace? Our water has a stale taste to it. I know I have to change the filter but I would like to change the water reservoir, too.
Answer Hello Lisa,
The water reservoir and the lines to it are one piece. You disconnect the line from the bottom of the door and the line from the water valve and pull them up through the refrigerator floor to remove it. You then feed the new line through the floor to install the new one. Be sure to note on the old one which line led to the from since the new one will need to be installed the same way. Once in, be sure to put some silicone around the lines to prevent a moisture issue from the humidity in the room temperature air that will be able to get in without sealing the opening around the lines.
How much water is held in the water reservoir? I have a problem with "stale" tasting water from time to time since I don't use much ice or water. I know that draining the water on a regular basis will help prevent this. I need to know about how much to drain. As it is, I drain until the water temp to the touch has increased, but it'd be much easier to just drain a set amount and be assured that I've run all the old water out.
Answer Lori, Most refrigerators of the vintage you supplied usually have a reservoir tank that holds 2 to 2.5 quarts of water. If you include the filter and the tubing between the components, flushing 3 quarts of water through the dispenser should be more than sufficient to clear any "stale", "musty" water from the system. Depending on the water quality and your preferences, you may want to remove the filter and install the bypass plug in the filter housing. In some cases, the filter removes the additives and minerals in the water supply and can cause the water to taste and smell funny.