Reset your Refrigerator Filter Indicator Light

Most people are not aware that after you change your refrigerator water filter, there are two additional steps that should be taken to properly complete the water filter change.

Step 1: Reset your refrigerator water filter change light

Most new refrigerators now come equipped with an indicator light that notifies you when it is time to change your water filter. This light does not automatically reset when you change your water filter and the light must be manually reset.

Here is a list of refrigerator manufacturers and how to reset the filter change indicator light:

Amana- Press and hold the Auto and Dispenser Lock buttons until the water filter status indicator light flashes.
Frigidaire- Press and Hold the Reset Button Until the Indicator Light Flashes.
GE General Electric- Press and Hold the Reset Button for around 8 Seconds.
HotPoint- Press and Hold the Reset Button for around 8 Seconds.
Jenn-Air- Press and Hold The Water and Lock Buttons until the Water Filter light flashes.
Kitchen Aid- Press and Release the Light Button 5 times Quickly.
Maytag- Press and Hold The Light and Lock Buttons until the Water Filter light flashes.
Samsung- Press and Hold the Ice Type and Child Lock Buttons at the same time for 3 seconds.
Whirlpool- Press and Release the Light Button 5 times Quickly.

Step 2: Flush a couple of gallons of water through your new filter

Since refrigerator water filters are made of carbon, some carbon residue is present in the first gallon or two of water. This will not harm you but may leave a bitter taste and residue in your water. If you continue to have these problems after flushing a couple of gallons through the filter, it is possible that you have a defective water filter.

Once these two steps are completed, you are all set to enjoy great tasting ice and water through your refrigerator. If you don’t see your manufacturer listed or the instructions don’t work for your model please post a comment with your make and model number so that we can provide exact instructions for your model.

190 thoughts on “Reset your Refrigerator Filter Indicator Light

  1. I have a GE refrigerator. I never had a problem until I changed the filter the other day. (The red light is always on). I held the reset for 3 seconds (as always).
    The problem is, a while later, I couldn

  2. Hi Karen, have you been able to locate any troubleshooting for this within the owners manual? Just keep in mind that refrigerator water filters should be replaced every six months. If you keep a regular schedule with changing your fridge filter, then you should be fine.

  3. The indicator light, in the refrigerator, telling us that the filter needs to be changed, does not light up. The light for the refrigerator is fine, it’s just the indicator light that does not work. The light stopped working a couple of days okay…. We changed the filter, followed the directions on resetting, but it still does not come on. How do we fix this?

  4. Hi Vicki, the filter is typically located at the bottom grille or in the top right hand corner inside of the refrigerator. The manual for your model refrigerator should hopefully help with your question.

  5. I moved into a house 2 months ago. The previous owners left an Amana side-by-side refrigerator behind that seems to be in very good shape. The model number is SBD20TPE. Not sure how old it is. The ice and water dispensers work, but have a slight aftertaste. I figure the water filter needs changing, but I can’t for the life of me figure out where it goes. I’ve googled this particular refrigerator and I see where it SHOULD go, but it doesn’t. Please help.

  6. Many refrigerators do come with an air filter to help neutralize odor and bacteria. With the refrigerator being so new, I wouldn’t expect the air filter to need to be changed since they are only supposed to be replaced every 6 months. I would suggest looking in the manual for how to reset the air filter reminder. It is just a timer that needs to be reset. If you give us your model number, we can certainly help out and see which replacement air filter you will need when the time comes.

  7. Tech just referred me to this web site about water filter. I do not have any problem with that. I want to know why I have a message on my refrigerator that says. CHANGE AIR FILTER. What AIR filter? This new Kenmore Elite French door refrigerator was just delivered less than 1 hour ago.

    Called several numbers, got transferred several times, went to web site chat, still don’t know what I’m supposed to do about CHANGING AIR FILTER.

  8. Just solved my own question, doh! Hold the Light button for 3 seconds….it even says it on the door panel :)

  9. We have a Parmco fridge – FR-608S-DD with the light still flashing, any suggestions appreciated.

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