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.

290 thoughts on “Reset your Refrigerator Filter Indicator Light

  1. When changing the water filter under the fridge the plastic ‘yolk’ type handle snapped off and now the old filter is jammed in there and there’s nothing to grip onto to turn it. It’s always been tight but this time it was stuck solid. I tried pouring soapy water down the retaining housing while covering the weep hole underneath and turning the canister with some long nose pliers but those two o-ring seals at the unreachable end won’t budge. There’s not much to grip onto and I’m thinking of drilling a couple of holes in the filter end to get a better purchase on it but not knowing the inner design of the filter and wall thickness I don’t know if this would be a bad idea. Is there an easy fix-in-place solution or do I have to replace the whole cartidge assembly? Thanks.

  2. I have a Kenmore side by side refrigerator model #
    I need to change the water filter and can’t find the manual, what are the steps for this action.
    The in grill knob doesn’t turn.

  3. What minerals are necessary in water for good taste? Will filters remove these minerals?

  4. Hi. I have a Maytag side by side refrigerator, and it’s time to change the filter, because its light is on. However, I don’t know how to take that filter out. It sticks. Further, my husband says that we must be careful, because there are two tubes of water connected to it. The Maytag people, who delivered this ‘frig did not leave us any manual, and I can’t find its manual online. When I phoned the Maytag store, they asked me, “Don’t you have a manual?”

  5. We woke up to water all over our hardwood floor. The water is apparently coming from the filter connection in our Kenmore side-by-side. We pulled out the filter and the leak stopped. When we put the filter in, the water sprays out the front. Is this a filter problem or do we need to buy a new fridge?

  6. why do we need a filter for the refrigerator ice despensers, my husband and I were talking and he said its the same water from the faucet and I said it cant be because why would you need a filter, running the water through the line, please answer this question, i say some where the water change coming through and it would not be safe for us to drink without the filter, help who won the arguement

  7. Hi! Just moved into a new house and inherited a Sears Kenmore side-by-side refrigerator (model begins with 596 so it’s an Amana, right???).
    Water and ice dispenser worked great until I hit the lock button to prevent the kids from playing with it. Now I cannot unlock it!
    I’ve read all the posts above and tried everything, including unplugging it for 5 minutes.
    Also, previous owners never reset the RED filter light.

  8. There is a whitish residue on the tray below the filtered water and ice in my Kitchenaid refrigerator. This started when I changed the filter for the first time. Is that normal or is there problem with the filter or the way I installed it? Thanks.

  9. Thanks! This site is awesome. The light was bugging me for months, and all I had to do was check out this site.

  10. I need to know how to remove the filter in the base of a kenmore side by side refrigerator. It doesn’t seem like it wants to turn?

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