We receive many calls a day stating, “I just changed my water filter, but the “Change Filter” light is still on in my fridge … Are these defective filters?” The chances of the water filter being defective are very very slim. All it takes it a few simple steps to reset your “Change Filter” light after inserting a new filter. This light is basically just a timer meant to help you remember to change your filter every 3-6 months.
Step #1-Changing your Filter
First, locate and change your water filter. Make sure the filter makes a good seal as you screw or push it into the receiver. Check for any leaks or cracks that could be present on your filter or your filter receiver. If it feels like the filter is catching on anything, then pull it out and start over. DO NOT STRIP THE THREADS ON THE FILTER. Very little force should be used when replacing the filter. If the threads become stripped, then future filters will not make a good connection to the receiver from that point on. **Tip: A small amount of plumbers grease can help out with troublesome filters, but be sure not to get the grease in the filter or in the water line as it can cause foul taste and clogged filters!**
Step #2 – Reset Indicator Light
Now that you’ve inserted your new filter in, you’ll need to change your indicator light to show it’s a new filter. Some refrigerators are equipped with timers that simply change the color of the light based on time (usually 3-6 months) and others will measure the flow of water over time. These lights usually correspond with how the filter is doing with GREEN - meaning the filter is new and does not need to be changed,YELLOW - meaning the filter is at the middle of its life expectancy and RED – meaning the filter needs changed immediately. Most of the time you can get a full 6 months out of one filter with no problems. Just because your light turns RED doesn’t mean your water is not being filtered. It merely means you should change your filter soon.
Here is a quick list that states some common refrigerator brands and how to reset the indicator lights:
- Amana Refrigerators - Press and hold the “Auto” and “Dispenser Lock” buttons, which may look like a padlock, until the water filter status indicator light flashes.
- Frigidaire Refrigerators - Press and hold the “Reset” button, which causes the indicator light to flash.
- GE General Electric Refrigerators - Press and hold the “Reset” button for around 8-10 seconds.
- HotPoint Refrigerators – Press and hold the “Reset” button for around 8-10 seconds.
- Jenn-Air Refrigerators - Press and hold the “Light” and “Lock” buttons until the filter light flashes (usually 5-10 seconds).
- Kitchen Aid Refrigerators - Press and release the “Light” button 5 times quickly.
- Maytag Refrigerators - Press and hold the “Light” and “Lock” buttons until the filter light flashes (usually 5-10 seconds).
- Samsung Refrigerators - Press and hold the “Ice Type (Cubed or Crushed)” and “Child Lock” buttons at the same time for 3-5 seconds.
- Whirlpool Refrigerators - Press and release the “Light” button 5-6 times quickly, which looks like a small plunger, and is usually at the top or bottom of the door where the door closes.
Step #3 – Flush your Filter
Once your new filter is inserted, you should flush about 3-5 gallons of water through the filter. This removes stray particles of carbon that may have settled inside the filter. Sometimes after a new filter change you can see black specks floating in the water or in the ice cubes. These are not harmful, but can cause a bitter taste. The flushing of the filter will help it “set up” and makes sure all loose carbon will end up down the drain and not floating in your water.
Feel free to contact us if you have any issues with your new filters and we’ll help you figure out a solution.
Now that you’ve taken these simple steps you should be able to enjoy your crisp, clean great-tasting water and ice. You’ll also know exactly when and how to change your filter!