Everything You Need to Know About Your Refrigerator’s Filter

Posted March 15, 2022

When purchasing a new refrigerator, you will notice that many refrigerators have water and ice dispensers and for good reason. In fact, it can be a little difficult to find models that do not.

There are many benefits to having a water and ice dispenser built into your refrigerator. However, the filter that keeps your water clean needs to be replaced from time to time. This is as simple a task as it is important. If you are not sure about why, how, or when to do it, we are here to help.


Why You Should Have a Refrigerator with a Built-In Filter

Cleaner Water

Having a refrigerator that has a water and ice dispenser built-in provides better tasting, cleaner, safer water for your family. Refrigerator water filters can remove lead, chlorine, herbicides, insecticides, and pesticides from the water you drink every day.


An automatic ice maker attached to your refrigerator will save you the time of filling ice cube trays and ensure that you always have ice ready for family gatherings.

Having drinking water come directly from your refrigerator will mean you do not have to store jugs of water in the refrigerator, saving you valuable space.

Save on Costs

With clean drinking water easily accessible and ice ready to use at all times, you can save money on bottled water and ice.

How Long Does a Water Filter Last?

Refrigerator water filters should be replaced every six months. If you have a large family that uses a lot of ice and water from the refrigerator, you should replace the filter more often. If only one or two people are using the water and ice, you could wait a little longer.

A water filter should never go more than a year without being replaced.

There are some telltale signs that the water filter needs to be replaced. We suggest replacing your filter as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs.

• Water and/or ice tastes bad

• Water and/or ice smells bad

• Water pressure seems low

• Ice maker is not making ice or is making ice slowly

How to Change a Water Filter

In general, you will need to follow these steps for most refrigerators:

1. Cut off the water supply to the filter area.

2. Remove the old filter.

3. Place the new filter into the refrigerator.

4. Reset the water filter sensor.

5. Run water through the new filter to clean it before use. This amount varies for each filter and brand.

How to Change a Water Filter on a Whirlpool Refrigerator

Depending on the model of Whirlpool refrigerator that you have, you will have one of four different filters. All of them will have a number printed on them. If for some reason you can’t read the number on the filter, you can look up your filter on Whirlpool's website.

Each Whirlpool filter has slightly different installation instructions. Head to Whirlpool's website to find a step by step video and instructions on how to change your specific water filter.

For all Whirlpool filters, once they are replaced, you need to run four gallons of water through the filter to completely flush out the filter and get it ready for use.

How to Change a Water Filter on a Samsung Refrigerator

Samsung refrigerators have one of three distinctive styles of water filters. The first thing you will need to do is to determine which filter you need. You can find the number on the filter itself or in the user manual for your refrigerator.

Once you find the correct filter for your particular model, head to Samsung's website for step-by-step instructions for your filter. Look at the video below for instructions on how to change the filter on a Samsung's Chef Collection refrigerator.

How to Change a Water Filter on a Frigidaire Refrigerator

Frigidaire has two different models of water filters on their refrigerators. Locate the filter and find out which one you have. The filter will be located either in the grille at the base of the refrigerator or in the top right of the interior.

If you have an ULTRA II water filter, follow the steps below for instructions on how to change your water filter.

If you have an ULTRA water filter, follow the steps below for instructions on how to change your water filter.

Need to Purchase a Water Filter for Your Refrigerator?

If you need to purchase water filters for your refrigerator, we have you covered. Shop online at or visit us in store to have one of our experts help you find the right filter for your refrigerator.

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