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.

168 thoughts on “Reset your Refrigerator Filter Indicator Light

  1. My model is kfx525ryms2. I tried hitting the light button 5times but it didn’t turn off the order filter light. Any other tips?

  2. Sometimes, you’ll have to push a little harder (but being very careful not to break it). Unfortunately for a problem like this, that is the only way the filter will come out.

  3. Yes, if there is no water hooked up to the refrigerator, then there is no need to replace the filter. The filter will be new until water passes through the filter.
    You can reset the light to green, or just ignore the red light.

  4. I have a whirlpool side-by-side with a reset at the top front of refrigerator compartment. The light is red but the water/ice is not connected to water supply. Housing authority wouldn’t appreciate my having that done either. Is there any reason this filter needs changing even if not hooked up to water supply? Just ignore red light? Thanks for info – no manual.

  5. I have not heard of this issue before. When the light flashes green, it should reset the unit. You may have to consult your owners manual for troubleshooting options. However, let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

  6. It can depend on your model. Some models can have different instructions for resetting the light. What is your refrigerator model number?

  7. After changing the filter, the light must be reset back to green. If the reset didn’t take on the refrigerator, it will still flash orange and will soon turn to red. The whirlpool refrigerators should reset by Pressing and Releasing the interior Light Button 5 times relatively quickly. Sometimes on newer models, check for a ‘reset’ button on the front of the water dispenser control panel, and hold the button down until the light turns green.

  8. If the filter requires the button release, be sure to have the button pushed all of the way in to release the filter. Otherwise, if it’s just a simple twist release filter, then the o-rings may have adhered to the housing. They should apply a solid, steady pressure and the filter should start to slowly move. Turn counterclockwise to loosen, and clockwise to tighten.

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