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Water filter in fridge leaks

It's a Maytag side by side. Sometimes it seems the water filter in the top inside fridge freezes and then won't allow the water to flow from the dispenser. After the freezer goes into defrost mode it will thaw. Now since it has thawed the filter leaks where it connects. The connector has three O-rings they look OK. The filter looks OK too. But when I put the filter back on and turn on the water it drips. I have ordered a new filter. I haven't ordered O-rings. What do you think?

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If the filter froze, its probably cracked the housing.

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