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On the front bottom of your unit you have a grill. On the grill there is a round knob. Turn the knob 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull the filter out. Note the slot on the back of the knob that holds the old filter. Slide the old filter out of the slot and replace with the new filter.
Reinsert the filter with the knob into the filter housing. Turn the knob 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in.
Now, the new filter has air in it. At your water dispenser, fill cups with water. There will be a lot of air and water coming out. Continue this until all of the air is out of the filter and there is just water fill.
When to change your water filter - Your unit has a water filter change light. This light is not tied into water pressure. It is like a egg timer. Every 6 months it will light. This does not mean you need to change your water filter. Change your water filter when your ice cubes start to get small or the water coming out of your dispenser is of a low flow. Depending on your family size, you may not need to change your water filter for several years.
My name is Peter. I am a retired Sears Home Services refrigeration technician.
How long has it been since you replaced the filter in the waterline, or in the refrigerator section waterline? This filter is to be replaced usually every six months. This filter is usually a canister about the size of a car oil filter and is usually located in the upper right side of the fridge. May be hidden by a plastic shield over the light. Replacing this filter should eliminate your problem. Remember to read the instructions that come with the new filter as to filling it with water before installing or not and the purge time or amount before using it for drinking, to flush any particulate out of the new filter. Usually 60 seconds of running water from door in to a glass and dumping that water...or run water into a glass til it dispenses clear water. Remember to turn off the water to the fridge and have a towel handy when replacing the filter. Some refrigerators have a function where by when you unscrew the old filter it automatically shuts off the water, but I would not trust that to actually work...Ha!
You should NOT have to turn the water off to replace the filter. I have the same refrigerator and it closes water line itself when you turn the filter and drop it down. If yours flooded, I can only imagne the valve that the filter opens when in place got stuck.
There is a valve on the wall behind your refrigerator which can be shutoff.
The old filter should be heavier as it would still have water in it. Turn them over one by so water can drain out. The one with the smallest amount of water should be the new one. I always use a sharpie and mark the filter with the install date... that way ou know when to replace and which is the old one.
G E waterfilters , can be bad when new (all , not just G E ). Put your old one back in , if water flow was fine , and you replaced just because the light came on . Or , use the plastic bypass piece , which came with the refrig , when new . The replace light , works off time and/or usage times only . If you have good water flow and the cubes are normal size , don't change the filter when the light comes on , just reset the light . All "filter" companies , have found the way to sell more filters , the light on dispensors .
iF THE FILTER IS IN THE UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER OVER THE ICEMAKER. iIF YOU HAVE A REPLACEMENT FILTER ON HAND. YOU NEED TO TURN OFF THE WATER SUPPLY AT THE SOURCE. DISCONNECT THE VINYL TUBING AND LET IT DRAIN INTO A BUCKET OR ANY OTHER VESSEL. THEN YOU CAN TWIST THE WATER FILTER COVER COUNTERCLOCKWISE AND REMOVE THE OLD FILTER CARTRIDGE AND INSTALL THE NEW NEW ONE. THEN JUST REATTACH THE WATER SUPPLY LINE AND TURN ON THE WATER SOURCE. THERE SHOULD BE AIR AT FIRST THEN WATER SHOULD COME OUT OF THE WATER DISPENSER.
Try putting the old filter back in . Just because the " change filter " light comes on , does not mean to actually change the filter if your water dispensor is not just trickling out . If water was coming out fine before replacing filter , no need to replace it just because ot the indicator . I have found new filters which worked worse than the old filter . Just put the old filter back in and problem solved .
Bought the filter replacement and read the instructions. Turn off ice maker and replace filter. Remove by turning 1/4 turn to the right. pull out old filter. Remove cover, slide off, replace cover by sliding on the new filter. Push new filter in to the holding, hold so cover is horizontal, push in and turn back clockwise till the cover is horizontal to the floor.