Replacing the filter in your refrigerator is so simple a child could do it. It’s also necessary in order to keep your water fresh. How frequently you change it depends on how often you use it. That is, if you live alone and only ever drink juice, a water filter will last longer and you won’t need to change it frequently. But if you’ve got a family of five and you only drink water, you may have to change it more often. The manufacturers recommend changing your filter every six months on average, but most fridges these days have an indicator light that lets you know when to change it.
Each refrigerator model is made differently which means there are no general instructions on how to actually change out your filter. But there are a few simple steps you can follow to find out how to correctly replace your filter:
- Find and identify your Refrigerator model and Filter Type.
- Identify the type of refrigerator filter you have: either in-line or Push and Twist-In.
- Follow the instructions for your refrigerator model and filter.
Find Your Filter
The first step is to locate your filter. It should be within pretty easy access, depending on the age of your fridge. It will either be in the bottom grille, the upper right interior of the fridge, or around the back. So, if it’s not in the first two, it’s in the back.
Once you have this information, you can easily look for your replacement filter online.
Types of Refrigerator Filters
In-Line: These types of refrigerator water filters are attached to the incoming water line for the refrigerator. Older model refrigerators typically use these types of filters, so they aren’t as common any more. Here’s an instructional video on how to replace an in-line refrigerator filter. It’s not the best quality, but it still gets the job done.
Push or Twist-In: Most recent models have an integral filter that purifies the water feeding the drinking water dispenser and icemaker. The filter pushes or twists in. It’s as easy as pushing it in or twisting, hence the name.
Filter Changing Instructions
We have compiled a list of the most common refrigerator filter models. Click on your filter model to be taken to the filters unique page, scroll down to find the instructions.