Your refrigerator water filter is likely to be small and tucked away in an out-of-the-way spot, so you haven’t given it much thought. The family does however take full advantage of it: filling up reusable water bottles, cooking favourite meals, or making tea and coffee.
To keep it fresh and free of contaminants, you need to replace the filter regularly. Every six months is generally recommended. An easy way to remember? Your fridge will have an indicator that will light up when it’s time to replace it.
Fortunately, changing the water filter in your fridge isn’t too hard to do. Read on to learn how.
Tip: The type of refrigerator filter you need depends on the model of your refrigerator. There are two types of refrigerator filters: twist-in and push-in.
How to Change Water Filter: Step-by-Step Instructions
Note: There are no special tools required to replace the refrigerator water filter.
1. Ensure the Water is Turned Off
Before changing the filter, locate the lever controlling water flow to the refrigerator and turn it off. As this filtration system is well isolated, you won’t need to turn off your home’s main water supply.
2. Take Out the Old Filter
To remove the filter inside the refrigerator, push the eject button. If your refrigerator has a twist-in unit, it is located in the grill at the bottom of the unit. Remove the water filter from your refrigerator by turning the filter to the left.
3. Insert Your New Filter
The push-in model involves aligning the arrows and pushing the filter into place. It should click into place when you turn it clockwise. Upon replacing the old filter, the button you pressed to eject it should pop back out.
To secure the filter in an in-grille unit, position it and twist it until it is in place. Remember to reset the filter light if your refrigerator has one.
Your refrigerator’s water supply is now ready for use until you next need to install a water filter.