Replacing Your GE Refrigerator Water Filter

Replacing Your GE Refrigerator Water Filter

Enjoy all the benefits of having fresh, pure water right at your fingertips with GE refrigerators. Updating a refrigerator’s filter is an essential part of keeping it in optimal shape for years to come. Make sure you always have access to delicious and refreshing drinks – invest in one of our reliable filters today.

Need a helping hand when it comes to replacing the water filter in your GE refrigerator? Look no further! From helpful tips and hacks, to easy-to-follow steps – we’ve got you covered. Don’t worry if this is your first time tackling such a task; our comprehensive guide also caters for DIY newbies.

So, relax, grab that cup of Joe, and let’s get started on giving your fridge an upgrade.

Read my Ultimate Guide for Refrigerator Filters.

Preparing for the Refrigerator Filter Replacement

To ensure a smooth experience when replacing the water filter in your GE refrigerator, take some time to get prepared beforehand.

1. Locate the water filter

To find the water filter in your GE refrigerator, look for it in either the top-left or top-right corner of its interior, or else search inside the bottom grille. For the exact location of your filter, refer to either your owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website for full details.

2.  Shut off the water supply

To ensure your floors remain dry and pristine, be sure to shut off the water supply prior to starting this process. To prevent water from leaking, you can either turn the valve off behind your fridge or unplug it from its electrical outlet.

3.  Gather necessary tools

To successfully complete this task, you must have a Phillips-head screwdriver and pliers at the ready. Depending on your model, extra implements may be required.

Before beginning work, ensure that you consult your owner’s manual for all necessary tools and materials to make sure nothing is overlooked.

Step-by-Step Guide to Replacing Your GE Fridge Filter

Let’s get started with replacing that water filter in your GE refrigerator! Here, I have a step-by-step guide tailored just for you to ensure this process is as straightforward as possible.

Step 1: Remove the old fridge filter

  • Locate the filter housing and remove the cap by turning it counterclockwise.
  • Pull out the old filter and dispose of it properly.

Step 2: Prepare the new filter

  • Remove the protective packaging from the new filter.
  • Soak the new filter in water for 5 minutes to remove any air bubbles.

Step 3:  Install the new filter

  • Insert the new filter into the filter housing and turn it clockwise until it stops.
  • Replace the cap by turning it clockwise.

Step 4: Test the water dispenser

  • Turn the water back on and allow it to run for 2-3 minutes to remove any air from the system.
  • Test the water dispenser to ensure its functioning properly by pouring some into a glass and inspect for any potential drips.

Instructions for Replacing Your GE MWF or XWF filter cartridge

Follow these step-by-step instructions to replace your GE MWF or XWF filter cartridge.

1. Place a cloth beneath the filter

Before removing the old filter, place a cloth beneath it to catch any water that may drip out.

2. Grasp the filter and turn it to the left

Securely hold the filter and give it a quick twist to the left. As you turn, pull downward from its base for easy removal.

To prevent any water spilling out, keep your hand level with the filter as much as possible when disengaging it from its head.

If there is resistance due to trapped air pressure inside, simply depressurize by pushing on the dispenser button. This should release the pressure and allow you to remove the filter.

3. Remove the plastic cap from the new filter

Remove the plastic cap from the new filter.

4.  Fill the top of the new filter with water

To begin, slowly pour tap water into the top of your new filter.

5. Align the arrow on the new filter with the cartridge holder

Insert the filter into its cartridge holder, ensuring that the arrow on the former is lined up with that of the latter. If there isn’t an arrow present on your cartridge holder, make sure you insert it with its front facing forward.

6. Push the filter upward and turn it to the right

Gently push the filter up to attach it onto the top of the cartridge in the filter head. Then, slowly rotate it clockwise until you cannot turn anymore. With each twist, your filter will slip into its correct position automatically.

7. Purging Trapped Air

Once the filter is replaced, it’s important to ensure any trapped air has been released from the system.

Select “Water” on the dispenser selector and press the pad until water begins to flow. The first few ounces of water may come sputtering out due to air in the new filter. This is normal.

Continue to dispense approximately 1-2 gallons of water to make sure all air is purged from the system.

Removing and Replacing the RPWFE Filter Cartridge

Before you begin, locate the filter which is situated in either the top left corner of your refrigerator’s interior or within one of its doors – depending on your model type.

Check out this video that shows you how to replace the RPWFE filter.

If you have a BLUE Filter Holder

1.      Open the filter door and pull the bottom of the cartridge down to disengage it from the filter clips.

2.      Swing the cartridge outward until you hear a ‘click’ as the cartridge holder engages with the bracket.

3.      Turn the cartridge counter-clockwise a quarter turn, and then remove it by pulling it away from the cartridge holder. A small amount of water may drip out.

Installing the Filter Cartridge:

1.      Align the filter cartridge with the cartridge holder with the word “FRONT” facing the top of the unit.

2.      Push the cartridge toward the rear of the unit until it is fully seated.

3.      Turn the filter cartridge clockwise a quarter turn until the word “FRONT” is facing outward.

4.      Gently swing the filter inward until it is in position, ensuring the filter is fully seated and aligned within the cartridge holder. The RED indicators should not be visible.

How to Replace the RPWFE Cartridge Filter (Grey Filter Holder)

Follow these step-by-step instructions to replace the RPWFE cartridge filter. These directions are for refrigerators with a grey filter holder.

Step 1: Removing the Old Cartridge

  • Open the filter door and pull the bottom of the cartridge to swing it outward.
  • When the cartridge can no longer move freely, gently tug it out of its slot. Be mindful that a small amount of water may escape when you do this.

Step 2: Installing the New Cartridge

  • Align the cartridge with the holder, with the word “FRONT” facing outward.
  • Push the cartridge inward until it is fully seated and the “FRONT” label is centered with the cartridge holder.
  • Make sure the cartridge is firmly inserted into its holder; there should be no RED indicators visible.
  • With a gentle swing, position the filter in its place. If it doesn’t move with ease, inspect if the cartridge is set up appropriately and fully placed into the cartridge holder.

Tips and Hacks for Replacing Your GE Refrigerator Filter

Replacing the water filter in your GE refrigerator can be a straightforward task. However, some of the steps can be a little tricky.

Here are a few tips and hacks to make replacing your filter a little simpler.

Tip 1: Write down the model number of your fridge

Before you invest in a new filter, be certain to note the exact model number of your GE refrigerator. This information can be found on the manufacturer’s label or in the owner’s manual.

Tip 2: Keep a spare filter on hand

It’s wise to always have a spare filter in stock, so that you can quickly switch it out when the time comes. You can buy these filters online or large box stores like Home Depot and Lowes.

Tip 3: Make it a habit to change the filter regularly

It’s critical to replace the water filter in your GE refrigerator every 6-12 months; this timeline may vary depending on how much it is used and the quality of water. Establish a habit of replacing the filter regularly, and set up an alert to make sure that you never miss this important chore.


Keep your GE refrigerator running optimally with regular filter replacements. With a few simple tools, preparation and this guide’s step-by-step instructions, you can ensure that all who live in the home have access to clean & delicious water. Replacing filters regularly will give everyone peace of mind knowing they are drinking fresh H2O every time.

Boch Richard

Richard Boch is a chemical engineer responsible for designing water filtration systems for industrial and residential customers. He has more than 20 years of experience with ion exchange, activated carbon, and reverse osmosis. Richard's expertise has made him a go-to source for municipalities and businesses looking to improve their water quality. When he's not working, Richard enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.

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