Is it Time to Replace My Refrigerator's Water Filter?

by Ashley Stout

As exciting as it is to purchase a new refrigerator, sometimes, getting caught up in the moment leads you to forget the performance of regular maintenance. We become comfortable with a “new” product, and we neglect to follow up as we should.

How do you know when it’s time to change the water filter in your refrigerator? How often should you do so? What are some of the signs that you need a new filter? Where should you purchase your new filter?

These days, most refrigerators display an indicator light when it’s time to change it. Once you’ve changed the filter, you’ll need to press and hold a sequence of buttons to reset it, based on the model of your refrigerator.

If it’s been at least six months, or you can’t remember the last time you changed your filter, it’s a pretty safe bet to just go ahead and put in a new one. This will ensure you’re always getting the highest quality of filtered water, and the new filter will help keep your lines clean.

If your water dispenser fills your glass very slowly, it’s also a sign that you need to change your filter. Slow water dispensation means that the water can’t get through all the sludge built up within the filter because it can’t do its job properly.

When your ice is discolored or your water tastes funny, you’ve pushed your filter to its limits. It can no longer do its job, so all of the debris and sludge it’s been collecting as it should is now overflowing into your ice cubes and filtered water.

When shopping for a new filter, where should you start to look? Always go back to the dealer where you purchased your refrigerator. Buying online can be a pain. If you order the wrong one because you’re not educated on such matters, then you’re either stuck with the wrong filter, or you’ll have to pay a return fee. A salesman at your local dealer will know exactly which one you need and even be able to show you how to replace it if you need help with that as well.