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How Replace Fridge Water Filter - Step by Step
Depending on the filter and refrigerator you have, you may need to turn off the power for the refrigerator. If you own a Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, or Jennair refrigerator, then you do not need to turn off the power. This is an essential safety step since you’re dealing with a water system in an electrical appliance. You won’t need to do anything to the water supply in most cases, but it’s best to consult the manual for advice. If you have an older model or a specific kind of refrigerator, it might be necessary to turn off the water supply.
How this is done depends on the type of filter. Typically, for a twist-on filter, turn it counter-clockwise until it’s released and pull it out of the fridge. For the push-in type, you should push the button that releases the filter, after which you’ll be able to take it out. Alternatively, if there’s no button, you may need to push the filter down and it should be released. Consult the owner’s guide or production installation instructions.
Once you have the new filter, remove the dust cap, if any, and install the cap from the old one. Pay attention not to damage the cap in any way during this step or the filter might not function normally. You might need to fill the new water filter with water, depending on the manufacturer and type. Whether you need to do so might be stated on the packaging or installation instructions.
Make sure to run a generous amount of water through the newly-installed filter. This will help you determine if the filter’s working properly as well as clear any factory impurities. You’ll also see if you’ve installed the new water filter correctly by the absence of leaks. Generally, manufacturers recommend running between two and four gallons of water through the filter first.
Finally, if there is an indicator on the fridge, make sure to reset it. Some refrigerators will take care of this on their own, or you might need to input a particular command. For your specific brand and model, refer to the user manual to learn how to do that. If there’s a water filter indicator, don’t miss this step – it’s the best way to make sure your fridge is working for you in every way it can.