How Often Should I Change My Refrigerator Water Filter?

Water is pretty much as essential as it gets. The water we consume, both by drinking and cooking with it, should be pure and clean. If you’ve been asking yourself, “How often should I change my refrigerator water filter?”, you may already have a filter needing replacement.

FAQ: How Often Should I Change My Refrigerator Water Filter?

We all look forward to that refreshing drink of nice, cold water. So it’s pretty disturbing to have a mouthful and realize the refrigerator water tastes bad.

How Often to Change Your Water Filter

When your water is already starting to taste funky, then you’re behind the eight ball on changing the refrigerator water filter. The good news is, this is an easy problem to remedy.

When you ponder “How often should I change my refrigerator water filter?” you need to evaluate your household water usage.

Refrigerator water filters should typically be changed every 6 months for average use. If you have a large family, use the refrigerator water for cooking, coffee pots, etc., then change the filter more frequently, such as every 4 months.

Some refrigerator models have an alert indicating the need for a new filter. It’s a good idea to keep an extra filter on hand so that when the indicator light goes off, you already have a new filter ready to install.

Signs You Need to Change the Filter

If you can’t remember the last time you changed your refrigerator filter, some indicators that the filter needs replacement include:

  • the water smells funky
  • refrigerator water tastes bad or tastes like the tap water
  • ice tastes bad
  • the water pressure output is decreased
  • alert notification to change filter is activated

Any of these indicators being present is a clear sign you need to change the filter.

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How to Change a Refrigerator Water Filter

Once you are prepared to change your water filter, the procedure is quite simple. Although the process varies slightly depending on the make and model of your refrigerator, changing the filter is relatively easy and straight-forward. Follow these steps:

  1. Locate the filter.
  2. Consult the owner’s manual for specific instructions on replacement.
  3. If applicable, press the button to release the filter, and install a new one.
  4. If applicable, turn the filter 1/4 turn to release, and install a new one.
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How often should I change my refrigerator water filter? Routine maintenance changes of your refrigerator filter will keep your water tasting clean and crisp year-round. We recommend putting a reminder in your calendar or schedule so you remember to replace the filter on time.

If you have done your due diligence to maintain your filters and are still experiencing problems with your refrigerator, then it’s time to hire a professional. Our team at GFY Appliance Repair is qualified and ready to help. Contact us today!

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