Whirlpool water filters are designed to improve the taste and quality of your water. They can remove sediment, chlorine, and other impurities from your water, making it healthier and more refreshing. If you have a Whirlpool refrigerator, you can easily install a new water filter yourself. This article will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to do it.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  1. Whirlpool water filter (specific to your model)
  2. Towel or rag
  3. Adjustable wrench or filter wrench (if necessary)
  4. Teflon tape (optional)
  5. Bucket or container (to catch any water spillage)

How to Install a Whirlpool Water Filter in 2023 [Step-by-Step]

Step #1: Locate the Water Filter

1.1 Refer to your Whirlpool refrigerator’s user manual to find the location of the water filter. Typically, it is located inside the refrigerator compartment or at the bottom grille.

1.2 If necessary, remove any items from the refrigerator or move the appliance away from the wall to access the filter easily.

Step #2: Prepare for Installation

2.1 Turn off the water supply to the refrigerator. Look for the water shut-off valve near the refrigerator or use the main water shut-off valve for the house.

2.2 Place a towel or rag under the filter area to catch any water that may drip during the installation process.

Step #3: Remove the Old Water Filter (if applicable)

Remove the Old Water Filter
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3.1 If you have an existing filter, twist it counterclockwise to remove it. Some filters may have a release button that needs to be pressed before removal.

3.2 Keep the old filter upright to avoid any potential water spillage. Properly dispose of the old filter according to your local regulations.

Step #4: Prepare the New Water Filter

4.1 Unpack the new Whirlpool water filter from its packaging.

4.2 Remove any protective caps or seals from the filter.

4.3 If your filter model requires it, soak the filter in a container of water for the recommended amount of time as specified in the user manual. This step helps to activate the carbon filtration media.

Step #5: Install the New Water Filter

Install the new filter
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5.1 Align the new filter with the filter housing and insert it into the slot.

5.2 Twist the filter clockwise until it is snug. Use an adjustable wrench or filter wrench if necessary, but be careful not to overtighten.

5.3 Check for any arrows or alignment indicators on the filter and filter housing to ensure proper alignment.

Step #6: Flush the Water Filter

Flush the Water Filter
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6.1 Turn on the water supply to the refrigerator.

6.2 Allow water to run through the filter for a few minutes to flush out any air or loose carbon particles.

6.3 Use a bucket or container to catch the flushed water to prevent any mess.

Step #7: Check for Leaks

7.1 Inspect the filter installation area for any signs of water leaks.

7.2 If you notice any leaks, turn off the water supply, remove the filter, and inspect the housing for any damage or debris.

7.3 Reinstall the filter ensuring a proper seal and test for leaks again.

Step #8: Reset the Water Filter Indicator (if applicable)

Reset the Water Filter Indicator
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8.1 Some Whirlpool refrigerators have a water filter indicator that needs to be reset after installing a new filter.

8.2 Refer to your refrigerator’s user manual for instructions on resetting the indicator light. Typically, it involves pressing and holding a specific button or combination of buttons.

You can watch this video guide also

Where is the water filter on the Whirlpool?

The location of the water filter on a Whirlpool refrigerator can vary depending on the model. However, it is most commonly found in one of two places:

Inside the refrigerator, in the upper right-hand corner. To access the filter, simply open the filter door and pull the filter out.
Behind the base grille of the refrigerator. To access the filter, you will need to remove the base grille. This can usually be done by unscrewing a few screws.

If you are unsure where the water filter is located on your Whirlpool refrigerator, you can consult the owner’s manual.


Installing a Whirlpool water filter is a relatively easy process that can be completed in a few minutes. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can ensure that your water filter is installed correctly and that you are getting the best possible water quality from your refrigerator.

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