To keep the water coming from your refrigerator’s water dispenser fresh and clear, it’s necessary to change the refrigerator filter occasionally.
How do you know it’s time to change the filter? Refrigerators often have indicators that show when their filter is due to be replaced. If your refrigerator does not have such an indicator, then it’s important to make this a scheduled home maintenance task. Even with an indicator to alert you, having the task on a schedule makes it much more likely that the filter will actually get changed.
When it’s time to change your refrigerator filter, here’s what to do.
Locate Your Refrigerator Filter
Most refrigerator filters are near the bottom of the refrigerator. Some models have the filter on the back upper-right corner. Check your owner’s manual, or just look in these two spots, to find where your filter is.
What are you looking for? In one of these two places, there should be a knob or a button for the filter.
Remove the Old Filter
There are two ways that refrigerator filters come out.
If your refrigerator filter has a knob, turning the knob will release the filter.
Turn the knob a quarter-turn counterclockwise so that the cap is in a vertical position. Once the cap is vertical, pull the filter straight out.
If your refrigerator has a push-button cap, push the button while gently pulling on the filter and the filter will release. Pull the filter straight out
Caution: If the knob is difficult to turn, you may be tempted to use a wrench. The hard plastic knob and cap can break easily if too much force (or force in the wrong direction) is applied. If you do decide to use a wrench, be extra cautious to avoid breaking the parts.
Water shouldn’t gush out of the refrigerator once the filter is removed, but a little water may drip from the filter. To minimize spills, keep the filter right-side up and place it in the sink or in a bucket. You might also want to place a towel on the floor by the refrigerator to catch any drips.
Take the Cap Off the Filter (If Necessary)
Some refrigerator filters have caps that screw onto the filter. If yours does, twist the cap off of the filter with another counterclockwise quarter-turn. You don’t want to accidentally discard the cap with the old filter. Keep it.
Install the New Filter
With the old filter out, you’re ready to install the new filter.
- If a cap screws onto the filter, put the cap in place on the new filter.
- Remove any protective covering that’s over the new filter’s intake or out-take.
Secure the new filter in place.
- Turn-cap models: insert the new filter and twist it a quarter-turn clockwise
- Push-button models: push the new filter in place until you hear a click
Finish Getting the New Filter Ready
You are almost done. Check your owner’s manual for details on how to do these steps for your particular refrigerator.
- Flush 2 – 3 gallons of water through your new filter
- Reset the indicator light
Your refrigerator filter will be ready to provide plenty of clean, freshly filtered water.
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