How to Replace the Water Filter in your Refrigerator

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How to Replace the Water Filter in your Refrigerator

This was written by Felicia Baratz-Savage of Eat Breathe Blog.

The in-door water and ice dispenser in your refrigerator makes it easy to drink clean, refreshing water without the cost of bottled water or the hassle of recycling all those plastic containers.

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Though they do last a long time, eventually the filter cartridge needs to be replaced. Your model may have an indicator light to show you when it’s time to purchase a new filter. If not, check the owner’s manual; in most cases, the filter should be replaced every six months. Change yours more frequently if you have a large family that uses the water dispenser often, or if you detect an “off” taste or smell to your water.

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No tools are needed to change the cartridge. Instructions do vary for model, but the basic process is quick and simple for most side-by-side refrigerators. Make sure to purchase the correct filter for your refrigerator model.

To change the filter:

  • Disable the ice maker by reaching inside and turning the unit off.
  • Locate the filter container; they are typically found in the upper-right corner of the refrigerator. However, some models place the filter in the kickplate near the floor.
  • Move groceries out of the way and place a towel on the shelf directly below the filter container. Some water may leak out during the process.
  • Pull the cover either out, down or unscrew it, depending on the model.
  • Empty any water left in the filter container.
  • Remove the filter with a gentle tug.
  • Push a new filter into place.
  • Secure the container by twisting or snapping it back into position.
  • Run the water for approximately three minutes to clear the system. Some sputtering may occur.
  • Turn the ice maker back on.
  • Press and hold the reset light until the light turns green or goes off. This should only take a few seconds. Pressing the button too long can cause the light to turn off and come back on again.

Contact the manufacturer or the outlet where you purchased the refrigerator to learn if they offer options for recycling used filters. Before recycling, open the filter and empty the sediment into the trash or scatter it around your yard. If not recycling options are available throw the filter away in your household trash.

Always read the owner’s manual before replacing your filter for the first time. Following the time recommendations for filter replacement not only keeps your water tasting good and your ice clear, it may also extend the life of your in-door water/ice features. A too-full filter can let sediment pass through, clogging water lines and other moving parts.

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About Felicia Baratz-Savage

Felicia Baratz-Savage is a freelance writer and graphic designer living in Indianapolis, IN. As a frequent contributor to Eat Breathe Blog, she discusses eco-friendly innovations, green long distance moving, and overall health and wellness.

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