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.

175 thoughts on “Reset your Refrigerator Filter Indicator Light

  1. This is sort of a follow up question. I want to know how refrigerators know when it is time to change the filter. Is it just set to notify you every year or is it actually linked to the condition of the filter and once the filter gets to a certain threshhold the light comes on, whether that be in 6 months or 2 years. The reason I ask is that I am single and so I don’t use the water as much as would be the case in a normal family. I want to know if when the light comes on, is it because the filter is actually worn out/dirty or is it just because a preset timer has expired. I feel like I have to keep shelling out 50 bucks every time the red light is on while the filter I am throwing out still may have a lot of life left in it. Hopefully you get my drift. Thanks

  2. I have an Amana bottom freezer model equipped with an inside water filter. I changed the filter and the system worked normally for about 2 weeks. Now the water coming out only comes out in a trickle. What could the problem be? Thank you.

  3. I’m with S.K. Hong above. I press the light button 5 times quickly as it says in the Whirlpool instructions, but the light stays red.

  4. I have a Kenmore side by side with filter at the base of the refrig. Directions say to push button and pull out old filter. Old filter will not budge!!! Do you know any tricks to get the old filter out??

  5. The GE inline water filter model GXRQ has been changed twice and still the icemakere has a storng smell of rotten eggs. Removing the filter stops the stench. The icemaker has been changed as have the lines and the water valve.

  6. I have a Whirlpoo side by side refrigerator model with ice dispensing system and ultraease II water filtratio. system. I put in the filter for my 6 months old whirlpool yesterday. I pressed and release the Light Button 5 times quickly (in 10 seconds). It still stays red. How long you have to wait for the light button to turn green.

  7. I installed and reset the indicator button for a new filter on my GE fridge, but no water comes out. It goes into the filter, but won’t come out of the front of the fridge

  8. My Amana is about 4 years old. I have to press and hold water and dispenser lock buttons until the filter status indicator light flashes to reset.

  9. The model that you listed will reset with either the Maytag or Amana directions.
    Maytag Refrigerators – Press and Hold The Light and Lock Buttons until the Water Filter light flashes.
    Amana Refrigerators – Press and hold the Auto and Dispenser Lock buttons until the water filter status indicator light flashes.
    Please let us know which one works.
    For future reference, the filter that you model uses can be found at http://www.filtersfast.com/WF50-UKF8001AXX-12589208-PuirClean-Water-Filter.asp.

  10. I have a Sears Kenmore 26′ Side by Side Refrigerator model#596.51673100 and need to know How to reset the filter indicator light.

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