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GE smartwater filter (model GXRLQR) stopped working...help!

I have had a GE smartwater filter (model GXRLQR) hooked up from my water line to my refrigerator for 7 years; and when I changed the filter recently, the water is flowing extremely slowly. This has never happened before in the many times I have changed the filter in the past. Anything you can suggest to help would be greatly appreciated.
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These replacement filters (GXRLQR) are FLAWED straight out of the factory. The problem is in the 2 little "teeth" nubs that stick up near the center circle of the filter. When the filter is twisted and inserted, these teeth push up on a tiny black spring loaded valve in the body of the filter, alowing water to pass through up and out the spigot. The flaw is that the "nubs" are too short and do not push open the spring valve far enough, reducing flow to a semi-trickle, even with a brand new filter. GE seems to think this is not a problem.

Solution=stick a $0.25 garden hose rubber washer in the top of the filter and screw it in. You may have to try a few times to get it to work and seat properly. When it works, you'll immediately get a nice super flow of water. Better than upgrading to a $200 filter system recommended by GE...

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  • Camelia Roberson Oct 06, 2011

    Thanks for the tip. I tried it and works only if I keep the filter tight on the valve piece. Otherwise the filter is unscrew itself enough for the water flow to stop.

  • Ronnie Sandy Downing May 26, 2012

    Thank you musicman! Worked the 1st time with a thin rubber (old) washer that we took off of our decrepit sprayer (and washed before we installed it ;))
    GE, you'd better get it together on this product defect!

  • Scott Linge Jul 23, 2012

    It does work. Ronnie is right, use a thin old washer or sand down a new one. I used the cheap yellow washers because they are smaller than the professsional grade red rubber type.

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    cuuld Jan 20, 2013

    Just wanted to mention that this trick didn't work for me, or my water filter line itself has low water flow. Don't want to bother verifying that right now, having to dismantle water line to test that, I think, or can you run the filter system w/o filter? Anyhow, for me adding the water made no difference, and if I instead tried 2 washers stacked together or an O-ring gasket washer instead of regular hose washer, it appears to not seat/connect properly (too thick now) and thus I get no water at all. That or I haven't tried enough times to ge it to seat properly.

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    cuuld Jan 20, 2013

    Just wanted to mention that this trick didn't work for me, or my water filter line itself has low water flow. Don't want to bother verifying that right now, having to dismantle water line to test that, I think, or can you run the filter system w/o filter? Anyhow, for me adding the water made no difference, and if I instead tried 2 washers stacked together or an O-ring gasket washer instead of regular hose washer, it appears to not seat/connect properly (too thick now) and thus I get no water at all. That or I haven't tried enough times to get it to seat properly.

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I have a smartwater filter from a ge gshf6hgdbcbb refrigerator that stopped working after a few months of using it. At first, the water came out slowly. A technician came and looked at it and said the filter had to be replaced. Replacing it didn't fix the problem. The water was still coming out slowly. Eventually, the water just stopped coming out. I thought the problem might be with the hose connection, but that appears to be fine. I suspect that the problem might be that the connection of the filter in the freezer door may be frozen. Any ideas on how I could fix this problem?
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Confirmed! The washer mod works! I used a standard black garden hose washer. It was about 1/8" thick.

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Thank you! The washer trick worked for me as well, although not as smoothly.

I got no water flow at first, even after a number of attempts to get the washer to sit properly as musicman77 suggested. Turned out the spring-load valve was shut too tightly.

I turned water supply off to relieve the pressure, and reached in with my finger to make sure the valve can be easily push (up) open before I inserted the washer and screwed in the filter.

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Great suggestion..saved me time and money, thank you.

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