How to change the filter in a Whirlpool refridgerator

It is common knowledge that filters in refrigerators need to be changed in regular intervals, mostly every 6 months. If you miss the time to replace the filter the result may be less than desirable water or ice quality from your fridge.

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Although it is easy to replace the Whirlpool refrigerator water filter, here are instruction in case you do not know where to start. Not all filters are installed in a place were they are visible. In some Whirlpool models the filter is located in the fresh food compartment while in other models it is less obviously hidden in the base grille.

The good news is, you do not need any tools to change the filter. All you have to do is push, turn or pull to remove a Whirlpool water filter.

Based on your refrigerator type and where your filter is located, you may have to push, turn or pull to remove your filter.

Base Grille Filter Change

To change a quarter base grille filter you need to locate the cap that is covering the filter cartridge. Turn this cap counterclockwise so it is vertical and pull. Now slide the filter cap to the side and keep it. Unpack the new filter and don't forget to remove the O-ring covers. Then put the cap back on.

If you can't easily turn the cap, then you might have a push button filter. For this type you first leave the cap on and push the eject button and then remove the cap by turning it. The rest of the steps are exactly like above. And when you put it back with the new filter, push it back in until the eject button pops out. Try to pull the cap carefully to see if it is in place.

Internal Filter Change

If your filter is inside your refrigerator, look at the right hand corner. To release it,you need to either push or pull. For the push-type, usually labeled with "push", press the tab in and down. If it is a pull-release type, just pull forward. Now turn the filter counterclockwise until it comes free. Once you remove the package and seal from the replacement, you can insert and turn it clockwise and snap it closed.

After a Change

After changing a filter, you need to remove any air that got trapped in the system when you opened it. If you just leave it inside, your dispenser might drip. This last step is the same, no matter where in your Whirlpool refrigerator the filter is located.

Take a cup and press the dispenser for 5 seconds. The pause 5 seconds. Repeat this process until the water flows without any air coming out.