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How Often Should I Change My Refrigerator’s Water Filter? Tips by Gizmo Appliance Repair

Most refrigerator companies recommend replacing the water filter every six months. However, the frequency depends on your water use and water quality.

For example, a family of four might have to change the filter more frequently than a couple.

Refrigerator water filters are one of the best, most cost-effective ways to ensure your family is drinking clean, fresh-tasting water, but they need to be changed every six months.

If you can’t remember the last time your refrigerator water filter was changed, there are a few signs you can look out for that indicate it’s time to replace it:

  • Refrigerator water and/or ice smells bad

  • Refrigerator water and/or ice tastes bad

  • Water dispenser pressure is low

  • Ice maker is slow making ice or makes no ice at all

If you notice any of these common signs of a dirty water filter, then it needs to be replaced.

How to Change a Refrigerator Water Filter

Now that you know why you should change filters, you’re probably wondering how to change refrigerator water filters, right? Well, it really depends on the make and model of your refrigerator. Luckily, manufacturers make it easy to access and replace them, and the basic steps are about the same:

  1. Purchase a replacement filter. Use your refrigerator owner’s manual or look up the model number online to find the right filter replacement.

  2. Locate the Water Filter. Again, using the manual or looking online, locate the water filter in your unit.

  3. Turn off the water supply. Pull your refrigerator away from the wall and use the water supply valve to shut off the water supply.

  4. Remove the filter. Depending on the model and brand, either twist the filter a quarter turn and pull the filter out or push the release button.

  5. Install the new filter. Twist in the new filter or simply push it into place. Again, this depends on the water filter housing.

  6. Turn the water supply back on. Turn the valve to the ON position and push your refrigerator back into place.

If you’re still left wondering, “How often should I change my refrigerator water filter?” or you’re experiencing other issues with your unit, contact Gizmo Appliance Repair to schedule your refrigerator repair appointment today.

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