How to Replace a Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter

One of the most common issues you’ll find with your Whirlpool refrigerator is a clogged or dirty water filter. The best way to replace the water filter and keep your refrigerator running well is by following this tutorial. In this blog post, I will walk you through the steps of replacing a Whirlpool refrigerator water filter.

How to replace a whirlpool refrigerator water filter

When the whirlpool filter is empty, it should be replaced with a new one. Replace the old and unused water filters to ensure that your refrigerator continues working as smoothly and efficiently as it should. Here’s how to do that easily.

Step 1: Identify Your Water Filter

The position of your Whirlpool refrigerator’s water filter is determined by the model. The water filter will be situated either in the grille at the base of the refrigerator or within the refrigerator in the top right rear corner, depending on the model. If you can’t find the water filter, see your refrigerator’s owner’s handbook.

Step 2: Get Ready

There may be some water leakage when changing the water filter, so lay down a towel before removing the filter. If the filter is inside the refrigerator, you should also remove any food or beverages that could get in the way.

Turn off your refrigerator’s ice maker when replacing the water filter, since water may flow out of the ice maker creates ice while the filter is being replaced. To minimize water leakage, switch off the water supply to the refrigerator on some older models before replacing the filter.

However, for the vast majority of refrigerators, this step is unnecessary because the water supply will be turned off immediately when the filter is removed. Because changing the water filter does not necessitate access to any electrical components, it should be safe to do so without disconnecting the power.

Step 3: Discard the Water Filter

If your refrigerator’s water filter is positioned in the grille, you should be able to release the old filter by pressing hard on the button to the left of the filter. If your refrigerator lacks a button, rotating the filter a quarter-turn counterclockwise should do the trick. Depending on the model, you may need to press in on the filter while twisting it to remove the old filter.

If the water filter is within the refrigerator, it is most likely covered. To reach the filter, you must either release the tab to draw the water filter cover down, lift the water filter cover, or push on the water filter cover. Once you’ve accessed the filter, insert it and/or turn the old filter counterclockwise to remove it from the refrigerator.

You should be able to remove the old water filter from the refrigerator after it has been freed. If you’re having difficulties removing the water filter, try pushing more firmly on the release button, since the button can occasionally stick, and/or twist the filter with greater force.

Step 4: Put the New Filter in Place

Most Whirlpool refrigerators with water filters in the grille include a color-coded cap that must be unscrewed from the old filter and fitted into the new filter. If you have this type of filter, check sure the cap has been moved to the new water filter before continuing.

The installation of the new water filter should be a simple procedure. Slide the new filter into the water filter slot to replace the old one. Depending on the model, you may need to rotate the replacement filter clockwise or simply push it in until you hear a click and it locks into place.

Make careful you put the new filter in the same orientation as the previous one. If the water filter has arrows on it, align them while installing the replacement filter.

Before beginning, ensure that the filter is securely fastened and/or the water filter lid is closed.

Step 5: Clean Up the System

Before consuming the water, run water through the system to clean it out and remove any carbon particles or trapped air. Whirlpool suggests running four gallons of water through the system after replacing the filter. Fill a one-gallon jug four times and then dump the water out.

After you’ve flushed the system, you may finally enjoy a drink of freshly filtered water. If your refrigerator has a “change filter” light, push the refrigerator’s button to reset it. If you cut off the water supply before installing the filter, remember to reconnect it now that the new filter is in place.

How to Replace a Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter
Source: Caesar’s Appliances

When should I change my whirlpool refrigerator water filter?

Whirlpool refrigerator water filters should be replaced every six months. If you leave it longer than six months, then your water will start to taste funny and look murky, ice will begin to smell and you may notice black specks in the water. It is recommended that filtration systems be changed monthly if not more often as a way of prolonging the life of your filter system.

Whirlpool refrigerator water filters are designed to remove contaminants and keep your drinking water free of bacteria. Filters can be replaced at any time, whether you think yours needs replacing or not.

A quick way to tell if the filter is dirty is by looking for a cloudy film on top of it and checking how many particles have been removed from each liter of filtered water. If those levels drop below 0, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t replace it with a new one as soon as possible.

What do I do if the Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter is stuck?

When this occurs, first check your user handbook to ensure that you followed the correct altering procedures. There are specialized treatments for the base grille and interior filters if the filter becomes stuck.

  • To completely detach the filter, ensure that any eject buttons are pressed all the way in.
  • Cover the filter cap with a piece of cloth and spin it one-quarter turn with pliers for twist-in models.
  • Make sure the water compartment door is completely open so you can remove the filter. To allow the door to open properly, you may need to remove a refrigerator shelf.
  • A buildup of water pressure might also make it difficult to remove the filter. Reduce any remaining water line pressure by shutting off the refrigerator’s water supply and removing any remaining water.

About the author

Martin Cooper is a Mechanical Engineer, a Blogger, and a Music Lover. He has amassed years of experience working in the Water industry. Discover Bright Water is the place he shares helpful water tips and products for a healthy water lifestyle.