How to Replace Refrigerator Water Filters

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Modern refrigerator water filters are usually contained within the refrigerator, and oftentimes there's an indicator light that will show when it's time to change the filter. Learn about matching new water filters to a refrigerator with help from a home remodeling specialist in this free video on refrigerator water filters.

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My name is William Perkinson, and I'm here to tell you how to replace refrigerator water filters. The refrigerator water filters of today are much easier, 'cause they're usually contained within the refrigerator. Older models that did not have filters, you could put an in-line filter in your water line from your sink, but they're not as efficient. They're harder to change. And so, technology has caught up with us and this is a much easier model. There's two types. Basically, there's one that you can see when you open the door to the refrigerator compartment. It'll usually be in the upper right. Looks a little bit like an oil filter on your car, about the same size. Grab it, twist it, pull it out. This particular model and others like it had the refrigerator at the bottom in the grill on the front. How do you know that it's time to change your water filter? Generally, there'll be an indicator light inside. When it turns yellow is a warning, and when it turns red it's time to change it. So, let me show you down here how to change it. Now, some models will have a release button on either side here. This one doesn't. It's simply a twist, so we'll turn it counterclockwise to remove it. There's the release, and out it comes. A little bit of water, that's nothing. We'll take this to your retailer. They'll give you the exact same one, same model number. You can put a date of installation on there, so you'll know next time how long your water filter lasted. All right, after you have your new one home from the store, you'll want to put the coordinating handle back on that matches your original refrigerator. It's very simple. We're going to slide it gently into the hole. Yet this time, we're going to turn it, get it seated, and then turn it clockwise. Ah, and you can hear it fill with water. All right, I told you a minute ago about the indicator light. This one's already green, I've reset it. But when it's yellow or red and you've put in the new water filter, it'll have instructions and this says "Press the light switch five times." (Presses) And now it's reset for the new filter. I'm William Perkinson, and that's how to change a water filter in your refrigerator.

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