How to Clean a Refrigerator Water Filter Cartridge

How to Clean a Refrigerator Water Filter Cartridge

As more and more pollutants are making their way into the water supply, people are turning to water bottles and filtration systems to make sure that their drinking water is safe. Often, refrigerators come with a spot for water and making ice, and they also have a filter.

How to Know When to Change the Filter in the Refrigerator

There are different indicators that you need to change the filter in your refrigerator. The easiest way to tell is if the indicator light comes on. Often there is a little light by the filter that will come on when it is time to change the filter.

Another way to know you need to change the filter is if it has been more than six months since you last did. Most refrigerator manufacturers recommend that you change the filter every six months.

You may also find that your ice looks different. It might be a funny color or smell bad. If it starts to taste strange, you know it is time to change the filter.

Of course, this will happen with the water as well. If your water comes out of the refrigerator dispenser with a funny odor or taste, you should change your filter.

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How to Clean a Refrigerator Water Filter Cartridge

You will first need to locate the filter cartridge in your refrigerator. It is usually located near the base of your refrigerator, and it is often a round canister that fits into a hole in the grill. Other refrigerators will have it right in the door. You will need to look for it and locate it.

Once you find it, you can grasp the filter, and it will often come out when you turn it counterclockwise. It should pull right out after you turn it. While you are there, check the hoses and other connections to make sure they are all intact. You also should look for signs that the water is damaging your filter system in the fridge.

Next, tap the filter canister over a trash can to get rid of any larger debris that has built up. Then, you can fill your sink with warm water and dish soap or vinegar and place the filter in it. Let it soak for anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on how dirty it is.

Once it is finished soaking, you will rinse it with warm water until the water runs off clear. Make sure that the water pressure is gentle so that you don’t damage the filter. Let it dry, and once it does, put it back in the refrigerator.

Should I Replace My Filter?

If your filter is really grimy and gross, you might want to just throw it out and replace it. Most refrigerator manufacturers recommend replacing it every six months, and if it is close to that time, it might not be a bad idea.

It will also depend on your water. If you have a whole house water filter and a water softener, then your water is being treated before it ever gets to the refrigerator. This means that your refrigerator filter will not have to work nearly as hard.

If, on the other hand, you have no filter besides the refrigerator filter, you may need to clean it every month and replace it before the six months runs out. You need to keep a close eye on your filter and determine what works best for your house. It is always a good idea to pick up an extra water filter in case you go to clean it, and you find that it is unsalvageable.

Jon Agarwal

Jon Agarwal works as an environmental consultant focused on water resources, and he volunteers his time for non-profit organizations. He lives in the heart of Melbourne with his beautiful wife, two sons, and three Persian cats. He particularly enjoys working part-time as it leaves him the time to work on his own writing and share his knowledge. Visit our About page to learn about the contributors of Healthy Buddys.

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