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Ge water filter cracks

Water filer inside frig suddenly cracked and flooded house. Why did it crack?

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  • Diane7313 Jan 28, 2008

    Water filter in our GE side by side refrigerator cracked flooding my home causing thousands in damage. Two cases now. Ours is a 2001 model. Any thoughts?

  • jam2ile Feb 15, 2008

    2nd time in less than a year this has happened....caught it early last time....this time not so lucky.....ruined wood floor in kitchen, leaked into basement, luckily into unfinished part.....obviously a problem but not getting any answers....refrigerator less than a year old

  • njaffer Feb 26, 2008

    It looks like the problem is more wide-spread than just the filter in a refridgerator. I had a GE faucet water filter model GXFM03C. It worked fine for about 6 months and then cracks developed on the top of the filter housing. I used epoxy glue to seal it and it worked for another 6 months, but then it cracked again. This time the crack was too big to fix. I have seen other people had the same experience with their water faucet filter according to their reviews on

  • eric36 Mar 31, 2008

    Same here. Water flooded into Living and Dining room. Thousands of $$ of damage. It cracked near the end connected to the fridge. Now we are so paranoid, we turn the water to the fridge off when we are gone.

  • Anonymous May 24, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. Two filters have cracked in less than a year. My kitchen floor has flooded twice. The filter model is GE SmartWater MSWF. Is there another brand that's compatible with my refrigerator?

  • torelia Jun 10, 2008

    my water filter cracked and flooded my kitchen floor also. ??????

  • Anonymous Jul 22, 2008

    I have had 2 in six months cracked. They always crack right at the top under the flange that holds it in place.

  • stevef67 Jul 30, 2008

    Same with me. Filter cartridge MSWF. I'm lucky that both times we caught it fairly early (we were home! Woke up in the AM to find a huge mess). It is just a lot of work to clean it all up and take everything out of the fridge. We bought our fridge in February 2008, in May it happened. I ordered two more filters for $95. Two months later, in July, it happened again. I am super-pissed. I called GE and they said they are going to send a service tech out to "find out why this is happening". This is just a disaster and I hope they modify their filter design. It's no good. I will never trust this thing again. I guess we need to shut off the supply and make ice in ice cube trays to be safe.

  • burners Aug 31, 2008

    I just had my second one crack this year! Both happend right at the top. Good thing we were home and heard the loud noise so water damage was minimal. This was an under sink filter holder GXSL03C.

  • anju123 Nov 26, 2008

    My water filter cartridge in GE refrigerator keep cracking; flooding all over the kitche. Any suggestion?

  • Fixyanot Apr 08, 2009

    We had our crack like and egg in the round area hanging down, not the area where the filter screws is place. 30K plus in damages. Surely the insurance company will go after GE to pay up.

  • roger800 May 22, 2009

    water damage from cracked filter housing

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock May 11, 2010

    My boss went to Iran and came home and found the whole wooden floor warped by the filter cracking.

    Gee I wonder if Dateline would do a story on this.

  • Gary Davd
    Gary Davd May 11, 2010

    Go complain to GE

  • Gary Davd
    Gary Davd May 11, 2010

    Things Break???



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The issue is with length of the filter and the space behind the filter allowing it to bend.

Along with many people we put a lot of things in our frig. When you jam things into your frig they can hit the filter causing it to bend towards the back of the frig. The long filter becomes a lever putting extra force on the plastic threads on the filter causing them to crack and leak.

Luckly we noticed our leak early and did not have a big leak into the floor below. But when I was removing items from the frig to get to the filter we had just bought two big gallons of milk and one was jammed into the filter.

You can try to remember to not put to much on that side, but within a month you will for get. Best thing to do until GE comes up with a better filter is to tape a wedge to the filter that fills the space between the filter and the back of the frig. That way if you jam a big gallon milk into the filter it will not bend and crack.

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  • bongos55 Sep 21, 2010

    Had this same issue - the wedge is a good idea. What worked for me was a 3" PVC sprinkler pipe coupler around the bottom of the filter. Stuff hits it instead of the filter and the filter is fully protected. Stress gets transferred to the back of the fridge though the coupler. Cost: 80 cents.


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Did it freeze and crack i have seen that happen when the damper on the refrigerator fails

Posted on May 16, 2008


Seems this is an ongoing issue, for sure. We just hours ago came home to a completely flooded kitchen, living room and finished basement. Insurance is still yet to determine the thousands of dollars in damage. The base of the filter was completely blown out the bottom.

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My cuno filter cracked after many years. Cuno told me that the plastic deteriorates. If the filter is new, consider whether it was overtightened or had frozen which might have weaken the plastic. It could also be a manufacturing defect. File a complaint with the BBB and Federal Trade Commission

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