If you have a fridge with an icemaker and/or water dispenser, then you have a filter somewhere making sure it’s clean. Filters only last so long, and to make sure that you and your family are getting healthy, clean water from your fridge, you need to get a new filter and replace the old one. Luckily, this is typically a fairly easy process that anyone can do. Even though it’s easy, changing a fridge filter isn’t a one-solution-fits-all process. It depends on your fridge and where the filter is located. Here’s a quick guide on how to replace the most common fridge filters.
Some filters slide out of the front of the refrigerator compartment. You can remove them by pressing in the button located near the filter holder. Insert the new filter and makes sure it clicks into place. These filter types usually have a special cap that works with the fridge. Be sure to take the cap off of the old filter and fasten it onto the new one.
In the Grille
If your filter is in the grille at the base of your fridge, they are set in place with a knob. Turn the knob a quarter-turn to the left to remove the knob. Take the used filter out and replace it with the new filter. Replace the knob, turn a quarter-turn to the right, and you’re done.
While typically unlikely, some filters are kept in a plastic housing that’s often fastened to the fridge itself with either screws or bolts. To replace these, you’ll need to grab the right tool, either a screwdriver or a wrench, and remove the filter housing. You’ll be able to easily switch out filters at this point. Replace the housing back into its place and it’s ready to go.
Get Them Ready to Use
New filters need to work a little before they get all of their kinks out. When you replace a filter, you’ll notice that the new filter is producing a gray-tinted water, sometimes with tiny black particles. Sure, it looks dirty, but it isn’t, the filter is just getting settled into its new job. What this means is that as the water goes through the filter, it’s collecting loose bits of the carbon block that’s inside. Run a gallon or two through the water dispenser—or run the icemaker through two cycles—and discard before you drink the water. The carbon isn’t dangerous, but it’s understandable to not want to drink little bits of it in your water.