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GE Refigerator filter problem

My refrigerator is 3 years old. The water despinser was working fine until about three months ago after i changed the filter. The water began to slow down and eventually stopped. The water to the ice maker also stopped. I bought a new filter and this fixed the problem for several weeks, but the water started to slow down again and eventually stopped flowing. I just put a new filter in and the water is coming out just fine. I need to find out why the filters are clogging. They are expensive.

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We have a GE Eterna side by side.The solenoid to the ice maker that switches from the cubed to the crushed ice has gone out. Now the fan in the freezer area is making a loud noise. It is only 2 years old. When my filter light came on the first time I changed it. The second time I have not replaced it, the water still dispenses fine. Yes, they are expensive filters.

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First thing to try is to cut open one of the old filters (ideally straight down the middle)and see if you can tell what is blocking it. Wear gloves and keep away from the stuff inside in case there is a chemical component - it should say on the packet of the filter if this is the case. You could also install another, coarser and cheaper filter in the water hose just outside the fridge - you usually can get a housing with a hose fitting on each end and a filter inside at most hardware stores. If you turn off the water pressure, cut the hose to the washer half way from the wall, then you can install the new filter with a couple of hose-clamps(Jubilee-clips). These sort of primary filters will remove any sandy or silty material in the water (you might not notice it usually from the tap) and also there is the possibility of algae/weed growth that is clogging the filter. It also might be worth calling your local water supply authority/utility and discussing the problem with them - they may want to come and check, or ask you to send a sample in for analysis. Some of what they can do, you can achieve yourself by putting a closed container of the water somewhere where it can get no vibration and waiting a week or so to see how much solids settle out. A tall thin container works best, as long as you can keep it dead still. Just possibly the filters are a defective batch, and it is coincidence that you got more than one - perhaps you bought them from the same small store? Also possible is that there is something in the pipe near the filter that is disturbed when you change one for a few days, then settles back into place blocking the hose - check there is not a small piece of mesh inside the water inlet hose connection at the back of the fridge - sometimes there is and these strainers can get blocked by something that behaves erratically. Hope this helps - please post again if not :)

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