How to Remove & Replace Frigidaire Water Filters
Not every single Frigidaire refrigerator has a water filter. But if your refrigerator has an ice maker or a water dispenser, you probably have a Frigidaire water filter.
You might be wondering how to replace the Frigidaire water filter in your refrigerator, and it’s really quite simple.
In this article, we’re going to talk about how to replace Frigidaire water filters and why it’s so important that you replace your water filters.
What Are Frigidaire Water Filters for Refrigerators?
You’re probably already aware that the water coming into your waterline might not be the cleanest. That’s why it’s not recommended that you drink directly from your tap water. This is because the tap water in your home has microorganisms that can threaten your health.
So, directly running tap water into your refrigerator’s water dispenser or ice maker can be risky. That’s where a Frigidaire water filter for your Frigidaire refrigerator comes in.
A refrigerator water filter helps prevent poisoning and infections that can be caused by harmful microbes. The water filter will help remove those contaminants from your tap water as it flows into your refrigerator dispensers.
On the other hand, water filters for the refrigerator come in a variety of sizes. For instance, some water filters have a small micron rating and are made to handle small contaminants and microbes. So, it’s recommended that you get water filters with a small micron rating.
Before we start talking about how to replace Frigidaire water filter, it’s important that you also know that water filters in these refrigerators will vary on where they’re located depending on the type of model you have.
In this next section, we’re going to talk about some of the locations of your Frigidaire water filter and how you can find it.
Water Filter Types
Your water filter in your Frigidaire refrigerator could be found inside the food compartment, in the upper corner of the rear of your refrigerator, or in the grille.
There are even some called inline filters that are placed externally in Frigidaire refrigerators that don’t have water filters built-in.
But most refrigerators have water filters that can be found in the upper right corner or in the grille at the base of the refrigerator. To access the water filter, there is typically a button or knob that lets you easily remove the water filter.
A water filter located in the grille is typically slim and installed by sliding it directly into the compartment next to the grille towards the bottom of the refrigerator. The knob helps make this compartment blend in with the rest of the refrigerator.
Since you now know where your refrigerator’s water filter could be, let’s dive into the reason you’re on this article, to begin with: how to replace Frigidaire water filter.
How to Change Frigidaire Water Filter
It’s very simple to replace your Frigidaire water filter. In just a couple of minutes, you should be able to have a new water filter installed and have clean water flowing to your water dispenser and ice maker.
To replace your water filter, follow the steps below:
Turn Off Power to the Ice Maker
Before you start to replace your Frigidaire water filter, make sure that you turn off your refrigerator’s ice maker.
In the professional series Frigidaire refrigerators, you do this by lifting the metal arm located inside the ice bucket inside the freezer. Once you’ve turned off the ice maker, you can start to replace your water filter.
Remove Water Filter
Find the water filter compartment in your refrigerator that’s holding the old filter. To remove the used filter, do a quarter of half-turn twist in a counterclockwise direction. The filter should become loose enough so you can pull it right out from the compartment.
Some refrigerator models only have to press the button to release the old filter, making it even easier to replace your old filter.
Install the New Filter
Slide the new water filter into the compartment and do the same twist you did to remove the filter, but in a clockwise direction, to lock the filter into place. Make sure that the filter is secured before closing the compartment.
Clean Your New Water Filter
To limit the chemical compounds in the water filter, clean the new filter before drinking the water. You can do this by running the water through the water dispenser for about three minutes.
Also, you want to make sure that you get rid of the first round of ice cubes made after installing the new water filter.
You can check out this video to see how to replace your Frigidaire water filter.
How Often Should I Replace My Water Filter?
It’s recommended that you replace your water filter at least once every six months. How long you go without changing your water filter will vary depending on the type of water your house has.
If you reside in an area with hard water, change your water filter sooner than every six months. You should do this because hard water has many harmful minerals that can be dangerous for your health. So, if you have hard water, think about changing your water filter every four to six months.
Replacing your Frigidaire water filter when it needs to be replaced is important for your health.
As you can see from the reading above, it’s incredibly simple to replace your Frigidaire water filter. You’ll find that as you do it, it’ll only take a few minutes to complete the replacement.
Ensure that you lock the filter in place before you shut the filter compartment to avoid any malfunctions. Remember to clean the filter by running a couple of gallons of water through it using the water dispenser on your refrigerator. Get rid of the first batch of ice that the new filter makes too.
Remember that how often you replace your water filter can be impacted by the type of water you have flowing through your water lines.
Typically, you change your water filter at least every six months. But if you have hard water, you might have to change your water filter every four to six months.
How to Replace Frigidaire Water Filter FAQ
Now that you know how to replace Frigidaire water filter, it’s time to answer some common questions that people have about replacing their water filters.
What Type of Water Filter Does my Frigidaire Refrigerator Require?
Here are some of the common water filters that your refrigerator might use:
- PureSource 2: This water filter looks like a cassette filter and works for any Frigidaire that was built after 2004. With these refrigerators, the filtration system is located in the top right front section of the refrigerator.
- PureSource Ultra: This water filter is designed in a way where you need to push it into place and also push it to remove the used filter. This type of water filter can be used on all Frigidaire French-Door refrigerators.
- PureSource Plus: This water filter looks like a cup. It’s suitable for any Frigidaire refrigerator that was built before 2001, and the filtration system is located at the top right section on the rear of the refrigerator.
How Do I Remove a Stuck Water Filter?
To safely remove a stuck Frigidaire water filter:
- Take off the cover beside the filter compartment that holds the casing in place with a flathead screwdriver
- Remove the casing and screw to expose the opening located near the bottom
- Gently push up on the connecter that the filter is sitting on; you’ll also want to push the water filter at the same time. At this point, the stuck water filter should come out
- Repeat this process as needed when you need to replace your Frigidaire water filter
One of the biggest reasons that water filters get stuck in your refrigerator is that the connecter will sag after years of use. This is why pushing up on the connecter and filter can get the filter unstuck.
What If I Don’t Replace My Water Filter in My Frigidaire?
If you aren’t replacing your Frigidaire water filter, water contaminants will begin to build up in the refrigerator’s water and ice dispenser.
The longer your water filter stays in your refrigerator without replacing it, the buildup of mineral deposits will slow down the water filtering system.
This, in turn, will cause a lower water flow, impact the color and taste of the water negatively, and reduce your water’s quality.
Because water filters do wear out and start to lose their filtration power over time, failing to replace your Frigidaire water filter on time could cause scaling that can cause damage to the water lines to your water filter.
How Can I Tell If There’s a Clog in My Water Filter?
A common way to tell if your water filter is clogged is when the water that comes out of your refrigerator water dispenser starts to be slower than normal. This often happens because of mineral deposits building up on the filter.
Another way to tell if your water filter has a clog is if the ice that comes from your refrigerator is much smaller than what you typically get. This is a typical indication that your ice dispenser isn’t working as fast and that you need to replace your water filter.
The Water from My Refrigerator Smells Funny, What Do I Do?
If your water starts to smelly funny, it’s time to replace your water filter and thoroughly clean the whole filtration system so you can get rid of the problem.
- Turn off your refrigerator’s ice maker. Ice makers suck water directly from the water supply and can lead to leakage as you’re trying to replace your water filter
- Remove the old water filter and replace it as discussed above
- Now you need to clean the air. Use a glass of water and run it through your refrigerator’s water dispenser; this will ensure that your filtration system is working and helps you see if there are any leaks
- Flush the system at least four times
- Restart the timer on the filter. Those timers turn on the light when you need to replace the water filter
The Water Filter Keeps Popping Out When I Try to Install It; What Do I Do?
This is a very common problem that people encounter when they try to replace their water filter. Inside the water filter compartment, at the very back, there are two metal clips that you can see by looking into the compartment after the filter has been removed.
If you push the Filter Release button, you should be able to see the clips get pushed forward from behind. They’ll move away from each other in a vertical direction.
What you have to do is take a pair of needle-nose pliers, gently sandwich the clips between the pliers, push and hold the “Release” button only about halfway in. Then start squeezing the pliers a bit to bend those clips inward as you continue to push that “Release” button.
You might even be able to bend those clips without using the “Release” button, but pushing the button is the preferred method that has been found to work the best. The idea behind this process is to bend the ends of the clips inward toward each other.
After you let go, you should be able to see that the clips are pushed closer to each other. If done properly, they should be pretty close to each other. It’s these clips that keep the water filter locked in place.
Once this process is completed, you should be able to insert the new filter and lock it into place. Then continue the installation process as we described above.