This is an important (but easy to forget) part of maintaining your fridge. Unfiltered water may contain lead and pesticides, which can cause a range of health issues if ingested. Every six months, take the time to replace your refrigerator’s filter to ensure you’re always drinking delicious, safe water.
For specific instructions on how to care for your water filter, be sure to review your owner’s manual.
No matter what refrigerator you use, it’s best to turn off the water going to the unit before changing your filter. To do this, trace the water line to find the cut off valve for the water feed to your refrigerator unit. Often, it’s the same valve that controls the water feed to sink faucets. This will keep water from shooting out when you disconnect the water filter to put in a replacement.
While your filter can be in several places, it’s commonly found at the bottom of your refrigerator in the base grille.
The water filter in any refrigerator that dispenses water or makes ice cubes should be replaced at least every six months (depending on your water quality and usage). Some refrigerators come with a change filter light that will turn red when the filter needs to be replaced.