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How to Replace the Water Filter in your Refrigerator

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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Bio-Polymer Gel Fridge

Saving Future Energy with the Bio-Polymer Gel Fridge

This is a guest post by Bob Smith of Refrigerator Reviews 4 U.

When people think of what the future holds then there are a number of things that usually tend to crop up in bar-conversation. Typically these might include jet packs, space travel, or more depressingly the end of the world. However, when I think about the future I get excited by what realistic innovations are going to be happening – and none more so than in the home appliance sector. Every home has a refrigerator and recent research and competitions have happened in order to try to define what the fridge of the future will be – with one of the main factors being what energy saving concessions can be made and how eco-friendly they will be.

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Bio-Polymer Gel Fridge. For every product you create a separate capsule.

One such competition was run by Electrolux and was aimed at finding out what the engineering students of tomorrow could come up with. The Electrolux Design Lab Competition was won by a young Russian industrial designer who designed a bio-polymer gel fridge. Yuriy Dmitriev’s idea might seem outlandish, and in truth it might never happen. However, the idea behind it is possible and so you never, know this could actually be in our kitchen in fifty years time – I for one would love to replace my Frigidaire FFHS2313LS with a gel fridge – it just looks awesome!

Image of the Electrolux Bio-Polymer Gel Fridge

It has quite a basic concept: it’s a fridge that will easily cool perishable items by letting the user push them into a bio-polymer gel. The gel is non-sticky and has no odor – and will keep the food fresh and crisp. In addition to that, it removes the need for any shelving and drawers because all you do is push food in – so it could save on space too. See the images from his design sheets which are in this article to put the idea better into context.

By why use gel? Well, once food is in it, it will suspend the item and keep it cool due to the preservatives contained within. The food will also be protected from bacterial cross-infection which is a common problem with modern-day 21st century fridges. The fridge itself can be used either vertically or horizontally and won’t need an energy hungry engine and motor. This is the best part about the design idea because standard refrigerators account for about 8 percent of all house-hold energy bills.

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