How to Change a Refrigerator Water Filter

How to Change a Refrigerator Water Filter

Chances are if you own a refrigerator with a water dispenser the system has a filter you are required to change every six months. Not all systems are the same and some require specific filters, others are simple and can be changed rather quickly. The following is an example of a typical filter replacement found on many models of Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Amana and Jenn-Air products. Please refer to your owner’s manual if you have specific questions concerning your product.

Changing the Filter

There is no need to turn off your water or ice maker when replacing the filter. It seems strange at first, but the system is built to be removed without water spewing all over the place. After purchasing the proper filter, follow the steps below.  The entire process takes less than ten minutes to complete and the directions are also located on the side of the filter if you need an additional reference.

Step 1: Locate your filter on the refrigerator. Typically the filter is located at the bottom of the freezer side of a side-by-side refrigerator/freezer.

Step 2: Press firmly on the release button (located on the left hand side of the circular filter cover).

Step 3: Remove the filter from the unit by turning counterclockwise and pulling out the filter.

Step 4: Remove the cap from the old filter unit.

Step 5: Open box and remove new filter and attach the cap to the new filter unit.

Step 6: Remove the red caps from the filter end of the new filter.

Step 7: Insert the new filter into the refrigerator and push in firmly until the unit clicks into place.

NOTE: You will hear the water running in your refrigerator to fill up the new filter.

Step 8: Using a large container, release the water from the refrigerator until it stops running when the water release button is no longer pressed in. Flush the system for about 4 minutes prior to resuming use of the drinking water from the refrigerator.

Step 9: Use the sticker provided with the new filter to track when to change your filter.



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