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Refrigerator Filter Change Light Still On?

One of the most common questions we get every day is “I just changed my water filter, but the filter change light is still on in my fridge. Are these defective filters?” The chances of getting a defective water filter are very very slim. All it takes it a few simple steps to reset your “Filter Change” 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.

Why is my refrigerator filter change light still on? How do I reset the filter change light on my refrigerator?

Step 1 – Changing your fridge 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.

  • 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.

Below is a list of some common refrigerator brands and how to reset the indicator lights:

  • Amana – Press and hold the “Auto” and “Dispenser Lock” buttons, which may look like a padlock, until the water filter status indicator light flashes.
  • Frigidaire – Press and hold the “Reset” button, which causes the indicator light to flash.
  • GE (General Electric) – Press and hold the “Reset” button for around 8-10 seconds.
  • HotPoint – Press and hold the “Reset” button for around 8-10 seconds.
  • Jenn-Air – Press and hold the “Light” and “Lock” buttons until the filter light flashes (usually 5-10 seconds).
  • Kitchen Aid – Press and release the “Light” button 5 times quickly.
  • Maytag – Press and hold the “Light” and “Lock” buttons until the filter light flashes (usually 5-10 seconds).
  • Samsung – Press and hold the “Ice Type (Cubed or Crushed)” and “Child Lock” buttons at the same time for 3-5 seconds.
  • Whirlpool – 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 Water 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.

It's important to flush your refrigerator water filter after installation.

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 fridge filter! As usual, Discount Filters offers free shipping and returns on all filter purchases. We carry all the top brands of refrigerator water filters and discount fridge filter replacements at a lower cost but same high quality. Shop today for our most popular filters such as the UKF8001, MWF, ADQ36006101, W10295370, 4396508, WFCB and more!

13 thoughts on “Refrigerator Filter Change Light Still On?”

      • The light will have to manually be reset by holding down on a particular button depending on your fridge make and model. As for the ice, I would take the new filter out and put it back in to make sure water is flowing through it properly. Hope this helps!

  1. GE manual said press and hold 3 seconds which did not work, but your suggestion of 8-10 seconds did the trick! Thanks

    • Depending on your fridge make and model, you’ll have to hold down a particular button to reset the light.

  2. everywhere I look it says on a Samsung… Change the ice type I don’t have one of those I have a bottom freezer with the two open doors on top and on top inside are all the little lights that light up. I replaced it with a new filter and it keeps blinking… Help ?

  3. Just changed filter, ran 2 gallons through it but my Replace light is still on, on my Frigidaire. There is no reset button.

  4. Chris just keep pressing where it says “water filter”; the red light will start flickering then will turn to green. I just did that for my Frigidaire and it worked; it won’t say “filter reset button”

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