How to Change A Refrigerator Water Filter

replace-a-filterIf you haven’t changed a refrigerator water filter on your refrigerator, you may think it may be difficult. The fact is that changing one filter on a newer refrigerator is much easier and quicker. Generally, most refrigerator water filters can shut off automatically, if you unscrew it from the refrigerator. This design is very great. However, if the filter you have is not attached to appliances (e.g. a secondary filter), you need to shut the water off first and then to change it.

How to buy a replacement filter?

  • Buy it on local store – If you know the brand and the specific model of your fridge, you can unscrew the filter and take it to a local home improvement or hardware to buy one. However, you may not find the right filter because these stores may not sell the filter you plan to buy.
  • Buy It on line – it is highly recommended to buy a replacement filter on line. Of course, you need to know the brand and model of your refrigerator. You can buy it on line from many online retailers, like Amazon. They usually come in 2 or 3 packs and this can help you save money.

Twist on filters

Generally,twist on refrigerator water filters are located in the front, back or inside of the fridge. Different models may be different. First, you need to change a twist. This is so easy – just turn the refrigerator filter a 1/4 turn counterclockwise, and then pull it out of its housing directly. Don’t discard the knob which is able to be used on the new replacement filter. The reinstallation is also very easy. Put the knob on the new filter and push the water filter into its housing, and then turn it a 1/4 turn clockwise in order to lock it into its position. The process is just the reverse process of changing a twist.

Once you have finished the reinstallation, you’d better throw away 1 or 2 gallon of water or discard the first batch or 2 of ice in order to get rid of the carbon residue which is left behind by a new filter.

Make sure to dispense and throw away a gallon or two of water or discard at least the first batch or two of ice to get rid of the carbon residue left behind by a new filter.

Push in filters

This type of filters can be found in the front, in the bottom grille, in the top towards the back or inside the refrigerator. If you don’t know where it is, the product specification may have marked the location. The installation is much easier than a twist on filter. There is a button and just push it to release the old filter and then pull the old one out. And then you need to do is to take off the cap and push it onto the new replacement water filter. The last step is to push the new one with the cap in to lock into position. Before starting to use it, you need to dispense or discard 1 or 2 gallons of water or throw away 1 batch or 2 of ice, which can get rid of the residue left behind by a new filter.