How to Change Your Refrigerator Water Filter – Step-by-Step

 

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Ladies, we know that we are capable of doing anything.  We are the masters of multi-tasking; devoted wives and mothers, working both inside and outside of the home. So why are there still some tasks that seem to send us irrationally into panic mode? Certain “maintenance” type tasks were gender specific in the past, but by 2014 a lot of the stereotypes have broken down.

Let’s take changing your refrigerator filter as an example.  Most of us rely on our husbands to handle this, because frankly, we are not sure what, how or when to do it ourselves!  So I have complied a simple “How to Change Your Refrigerator Filter” instruction that will allow you to add this to your ever expanding skill set.

  1. Know when to change the filter.  Most need replaced every 6 – 12 months depending on the use frequency.  If you have a larger family that uses a lot of water, it might not last as long. Your water and/ or ice may start to taste funny or different.  A lot of refrigerators will display an indicator light when it is time for a change.
  2. Determine which type of filter you have:
  • Push-in filters are built into the appliance. They fit into a compartment within the refrigerator usually on the front bottom, behind the grille, or within the upper right interior and are generally easy to install.
  • Twist-in filters are just that.  Usually found in the upper right interior, they will either have a push button release, or simple twist release.
  • Inline filters attach at the back of the refrigerator to the incoming water line. These are generally going to be found on older models that do not come with a built-in filter.

 

**One important note; before you discard your old filter, make sure to note the make/ model number so that you can obtain the proper replacement filter. **

 Once you determine the filter type/location, follow these basic steps to replace it:

Push-in filter:

  1. Remove and discard the old filter by pushing the “eject” button or by twisting off the filter cap.
  2. Remove the filter cap on the end of the filter to reuse on the new filter.
  3. Line up the arrows on the new filter and on the filter cap.  Snap it into place by turning it clockwise.
  4. Continue pushing the filter in, until the eject button pops.
  5. Make sure the cap is secure.
  6. Reset Refrigerator Water Filter indicator light if equipped.

 

Twist-in (base grille) filter:

  1. Locate the filter cap in the base grille; turn to the left to remove.
  2. Slide the filter handle on the end of the filter to reuse on the new filter.
  3. Discard old filter.
  4. After removing new filter from packaging, replace filter handle and insert by twisting into place.
  5. Reset Refrigerator Water Filter indicator light if equipped.

 

Twist –in (interior) filter:

  1. Filter is located in the upper right interior of refrigerator.
  2. Open cover by either pushing or pulling.
  3. Release old filter by twisting counterclockwise.
  4. Insert new filter and lock into place by turning clockwise until it snaps.
  5. Reset Refrigerator Water Filter indicator light if equipped.

 

In-line filter:

  1. Turn off cold water supply.
  2. Between the shut-off valve and refrigerator, locate an easily accessible portion of tubing. Cut tubing, by using tubing cutters for copper/plastic. Cut square not angled to avoid leaks. Smooth cut edges with steel wool or file if necessary.
  3. Remove end cap on new filter and insert tubing. Lock into place by holding down end cap.
  4. Turn water supply back on.
  5. Hold filter over a bucket and run water until clear. Do this for both ends of the filter.
  6. Make sure to check for leaks

 

After replacing your refrigerator filter, make sure to run a gallon or two of water and discard.  This will flush the carbon residue from the filter.   And that’s it… mission accomplished!

If you need any advice on what kind of filter you have, part number or even installation assistance, you can contact Filters Fast, the experts in the air and water filtration industry.

 

6 thoughts on “How to Change Your Refrigerator Water Filter – Step-by-Step

  1. Hello, try turning the water to the refrigerator off before removing the old filter and turn it back on when the new filter is securely in place.

  2. Lately when we install a new water filter (twist in base grille) water leaks out onto the floor when we pull the old filter out making a BIG mess. Once we quickly get the new filter in it stops. Is this something we can fix ourselves. Fridge is Kenmore side by.

  3. Hi Richard, which type of filter do you have? New filters will sometimes have black carbon particles which you can look for when the flushing the filter. This will give a good indication of it is truly filtering or not.

  4. Thank you for the suggestion. We have plans to include more picture by picture commentary, so stay tuned! :)

  5. How does one verify if a refrigerator water filter is actually filtering water and not functioning on bypass? The first several filter changes I found the filter filled with water which I emptied before discarding the filter. In my next to last filter change, I found absolutely no water in the filter. It seemed to me that no filtering was going on in the six or so months it was installed. On my last filter change I had to by trial and error twist the filter little-by-little, run water, and then remove the filter to see if any water was inside. There seems to be a very narrow area where the filter will receive water and not still be on bypass. I had no problems before so I do not know if that was just a defective filter or there has been some design change so I will from now on have to by trial and error mark exactly where the filter needs to be in order for water to run through it and not remain on bypass.

  6. Info is appreciated. A picture by picture with commentaRY WOULD BE BETTER. I am 82 and follow picture demos easier. Thany you BG

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