How Do You Know It’s Time to Change Your Fridge’s Water Filter

The water and ice dispenser on your fridge are so convenient, but an old dirty filter can become quite a nuisance. How do you know when it’s time to change the filter on your refrigerator? There are lots of different signs that it may be time for a fresh filter. Read on to learn more.


How old is your filter?

One way to know if it’s time to change your filter is if you can’t remember the last time you did! If you’re on a schedule, you’ll never have to worry about stale tasting water. The average fridge water filter should be changed around every six months. If you have a full, busy household, you should change it a bit sooner, around the four-month mark. Be sure to purchase water filter replacements recommended by your refrigerator manufacturer for the best quality.

How does the water taste?

If the water from your fridge starts to taste a little stale, or like water straight from the tap, it’s time to change the filter. The same goes for the ice.

Does your water or ice smell strange?

A dirty or old filter stops cleaning the water and eventually begins to smell stale. This stale smell is most detectable in the ice coming from your dispenser. If your water or ice begins to smell a little “off” or musty, it’s time to change that filter.

Is your water coming out slowly from your dispenser?

When the filter is clogged or old, the water pressure from the dispenser will begin to slow down. If the water stream from your fridge dispenser is slowing down, check your filter.

Is there a red light or indicator on your dispenser?

Most newer model refrigerators have an alert or indicator to let you know when the water filter needs changing. Check your fridge manual for more specific instructions.


If you need help with your refrigerator water filter, or any other appliance-related issue, give Express Appliance Repair a call today!