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Which Refrigerator Filter Do I Need?

By January 22, 2021No Comments

How do you know when it’s time to change your fridge filter? It is recommended that you replace your refrigerator filter every 6 months. If your refrigerator has a “change filter” light, it’s most likely on a timer and is a great way to remember when it’s time to change your refrigerator filter.

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Why is it so important to change your refrigerator water filter?

The most common filter media used in refrigerator water filters is activated carbon. Activated carbon is treated with oxygen to open up millions of tiny, highly absorbent pores that trap tiny microbes, odors, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the water. Over time, the activated carbon filter will lose its ability to remove contaminants. This allows for bacteria to breed in your filter and can make you and your family very sick.

An easy way to determine if it’s time to change your fridge filter is if there is a change in the taste or if your water or ice start to smell. You may also notice a change in water pressure.

Which refrigerator filter do I need?

Refrigerator filters are brand and model specific, so there is no “one filter fits all” when refrigerator filters. There are many refrigerator filters out there, but there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. Finding out which fridge filter you need is easy! Use our Refrigerator Water Filter Finder and we’ll guide you through a step-by-step process to find the right filter for your refrigerator.

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You can also figure out which refrigerator filter you need by locating the model number on your existing fridge filter or locating the appliance sticker inside your fridge. This sticker should tell you your refrigerator’s Model Number and Serial Number. You can simply type in this information on our website to find the refrigerator filter you need.

How do I change my refrigerator filter?

Changing your refrigerator water filter is easy, but that doesn’t mean you won’t run into issues from time to time.
Before changing your refrigerator filter, here are a few things to consider:

Which type of filter you have?

  • Push-in filters are built into the appliance. They usually fit into a compartment within the refrigerator. These kinds of filters are usually located on the front bottom, behind the grille, or within the upper right interior. Push-in filters are generally easy to install.
  • Twist-in filters are usually found in the upper right interior of the refrigerator, there will either feature a push-button release, or simple twist release.
  • Inline filters are attached to the back of the refrigerator. They are generally going to be found on older models or on refrigerators that do not come with a built-in filter.

Once you determine the filter type/location, follow these basic steps to replace it based on your filter type:

Push-in filter:

  1. Remove the old filter by pushing the “eject” button or by twisting off the filter cap.
  2. Remove the filter cap on the end of the filter you are replacing to reuse on the new filter.
  3. Line up the arrows on the new filter and on the filter cap. Snap it into place by turning it clockwise.
  4. Continue pushing the filter in, until the eject button pops.
  5. Make sure the cap is secure.
  6. Reset the refrigerator water filter indicator light if you have one.

Twist-in (base grille) filter:

  1. Locate the filter cap in the base grille; turn it to the left to remove.
  2. Slide the filter handle on the end of the filter are replacing to reuse on the new filter.
  3. After removing the new filter from packaging, replace filter handle and insert by twisting into place.
  4. Reset the refrigerator water filter indicator light if you have one.

Twist –in (interior) filter:

  1. Locate the filter in the upper right interior of your refrigerator.
  2. If there is a cover, open cover by either pushing or pulling.
  3. Twist the counterclockwise to remove.
  4. Insert the new filter and lock it into place by turning it clockwise until it stops, or you hear a snap. Make sure to not twist too hard!
  5. Reset the refrigerator water filter indicator light if you have one.

Installing an In-line filter:

  1. Turn off your cold-water supply.
  2. Between the shut-off valve and refrigerator, locate an easily accessible portion of the tubing. Cut the tubing, by using tubing cutters for copper/plastic. Cut square not angled to avoid leaks. Smooth cut edges with steel wool or file them if necessary.
  3. Remove the end cap on the filter and insert tubing. Lock into place by holding down the end cap.
  4. Turn water supply back on.
  5. Hold filter over a bucket and run water until clear. Do this for both ends of the filter.
  6. Make sure to check for leaks before pushing your refrigerator back into place.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 when replacing an inline filter.

Don’t forget to flush your filter after you’ve changed it! Check out our blog on how to flush your refrigerator filter to instructions. Make sure to run a gallon or two of water through the filter and discard it before drinking the water. Flushing the filter will help get rid of any carbon residue in the filter.

Wish there was an easier way to remember to change your refrigerator filter? Once you’ve figured out which refrigerator filter you need, make sure you sign up for the Home Filter Club! This convenient refrigerator filter subscription allows you set up an auto-delivery schedule for your refrigerator filter and will remind you to change your fridge filter when it’s delivered!

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