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Your refrigerator's water and ice dispenser is more than a quick way to get a cool drink of water. When the right water filter is in place, your fridge will also be a source of clean, pure water that will keep you and your family healthy and hydrated. Find out why it's important to replace the filter on time, what the filter does, how to replace it and more.

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More than just making your water look and taste good, fridge filters can remove a variety of contaminants that can cause illness. Some can filter out as many as 66 different contaminants including pharmaceuticals, waterborne parasites, lead and mercury, pesticides, asbestos and industrial chemicals. Drinking water filtered by your refrigerator will help you and your loved ones stay healthy and hydrated.

All refrigerators that come with a water dispenser include a filtration system that removes impurities so that you have clean, great tasting water. Old refrigerator filters can develop a build up of the captured contaminants, which can cause your water quality to drop and result in an unpleasant smell or taste. Over time, filters can also become a breeding ground for bacteria that can actually contaminate your drinking water instead of cleaning it. Replacing your fridge filter ensures clean, safe drinking water.

With dozens and dozens of filter sizes and styles available, finding the right filter can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. Don't worry, all the information you need is right there in your fridge no user manual needed. Using the Fridge Filter Finder tool, follow the four step-by-step instructions to identify the right replacement filter. It will ask you easy questions about your fridge's brand and style. In just a few clicks you'll have a selection of right-size filters to choose from.

Even though there are seven standard fridge styles and dozens of different fridge filters, every replacement filter can be installed without tools or the help of a plumber. While the process varies between fridge styles and filter placement, in less than simple 10 steps, you can replace the filter yourself. Each replacement filter comes with easy step-by-step instructions, or you can review the steps online by fridge brand:

If there is stuff floating in your water, it's time to replace your fridge filter. Your filter has become too old to trap contaminates so they are passing through the system and ending up in your glass. A new filter should fix the issue.

Filters are usually labeled with their name and part number, but you can also use our Fridge Filter Finder tool to order the right filter for your fridge. Also, your refrigerator model number should be printed on a label that's place in your fridge. It should be inside on an upper wall, on the fridge's face frame, behind a crisper drawer or behind the lower kick plate.

Possibly. It depends on the brand and model of your fridge. The majority of refrigerators do not need the water to be turned off, but a few brands, like Samsung do. The installation instructions will tell you if it's need.

Amana: Press and hold the dispenser lock and auto light buttons on the dispenser (at the same time) for 4 seconds until the filter status indicator begins to flash, and then release the buttons. On some Amana fridges you need to press the dispenser lock and water buttons for 4 seconds until the filter status indicator begins to flash, then release the buttons.

Finding a refrigerator with convenient features that is also the right size for your kitchen is easier than it sounds. Follow this guide to refrigerator sizes for everything you need to know to assess your space and find the right fridge for your kitchen and your family.

Typically, refrigerator dimensions in cubic feet range from 20 to 25 cu.ft. Learn more about the standard refrigerator sizes for the four types of fridges with our refrigerator sizes chart and information below:

To effectively measure for a new fridge, you will need to determine the refrigerator depth, width and height. Be mindful to account for a few inches of breathing room for proper ventilation, as well as extra space for the refrigerator doors to fully open.

It fits your needs and fits your space, but how is it getting there? From the nearest entrance to your kitchen, measure the width of every hallway and doorway to ensure your new fridge can make it through.

Your optimal fridge size and style will vary depending on your kitchen space and family needs. As a rule of thumb, 4 to 6 cu. ft. of fridge space per person is sufficient. For a family of four, a fridge with 20 cu. ft. is ideal for optimal grocery space.

Small, apartment-sized refrigerator dimensions tend to be slimmer with a width of 24 inches, yet maintain standard heights of 60 to 75 inches. The common capacity for these models range from 11 to 13 cu. ft. Dorm size or mini-fridges dimensions are usually 4 to 5 cu. ft.

It may also be better for the planet. In 2018, 2.1 million tons of major appliances, including refrigerators, ended up in landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Steel Recycling Institute. And in our most recent member survey, only 10 percent of CR members had their old refrigerator recycled. Many CR members (50 percent) had their old fridge hauled away, while about a third discarded theirs in a somewhat sustainable way by trading it in, giving it away, selling it, or donating it.

When the time comes to toss your old refrigerator, make sure you do it responsibly. The EPA has a Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program, which you can use to make sure your fridge is properly recycled. The RAD program has disposed of over 8.2 million refrigerators from 2006 to 2020. For additional help finding appliance recycling programs, check out the Earth911 Recycling Search database or call 800-CLEANUP.

Finally, make sure to do routine maintenance on your refrigerator, such as vacuuming out the condenser coils every six months and cleaning the door gaskets. These simple maintenance tasks will help the fridge not have to work as hard to dissipate heat and keep your food cold, which can help you avoid a breakdown.

Some fridge filters cost roughly the same per gallon (a Brita faucet filter costs 19 cents per gallon compared with 17 cents per gallon for a GE or Samsung filter), some fridge filters cost less (a Sub-Zero filter costs 7 cents per gallon), and some cost more (some Whirlpool and LG filters cost 25 cents per gallon).

If you want a filter that removes chlorine and the weird taste sometimes associated with treated public water, make sure it also meets those specific reduction claims (for chlorine and taste) under NSF/ANSI 42. For a filter that removes lead and certain organic chemicals, you may want to go with a Culligan fridge filter (they range in price from about 8 cents to 13 cents per gallon).

Unless you live in a climate with consistent year-round temperatures and they fall within the manufacturer-recommended range of temperatures for running the appliance, using a regular fridge in the garage is a bad idea.

This extra stress the appliance is under increases the amount of electricity being consumed. It also turns the fridge into a major repair bill (and eventual complete breakdown of the appliance) just waiting to happen.

Some refrigerators only have one thermostat in the fridge section, especially older models. When the temperature in a room drops, the temperature control unit is fooled into thinking the temperature in the freezer is fine.

Refrigerators may be large boxes but they're far from monolithic. They come in a range of shapes, sizes, and designs. Each style has its specific strengths and weaknesses. Some fridge types generally cost less but won't offer many fancy features. Others tend to have all the latest bells and whistles plus a massive price and large size.

Buying the wrong style appliance could mean bad news. You might get stuck with a bloated bill, no frills at all, or something that won't fit where you want it. Here's a rundown of major fridge styles so you know what to expect

The classic fridge design, top freezer-style models have been around for decades. They have a main chiller section for fresh food and a smaller freezer compartment above it. If you need a lot of room to store frozen items this style of refrigerator isn't ideal. They're also pretty basic appliances and lack extras such as in-door water dispensers and automatic ice makers. The upside is they tend to be more affordable and more compact than other fridge styles.

This style of refrigerator is all about compromise. Side-by-side models offer a balance between saving space and providing extra features. They're split down the middle with two doors, one for the freezer on the left and the other for the fridge on the right. Their doors are relatively narrow too since they don't swing out as far. Don't expect special drawers for quick drinks or easy access to kids' snacks. Side-by-side refrigerators do have lots of freezer and fridge storage. Some models also come with fancy add-ons such as in-door ice makers, water dispensers, and touch controls.

A combination of side-by-side and bottom freezer models, French door refrigerators try to offer it all. They usually pack in the most advanced features including smart, connected functions and special compartments. French-door models are also the most popular fridge variety so they're available in the most colors and finish options. As a result, you'll pay top dollar for them too.

No matter what fridge style you choose, one massive misstep is not checking the fit. Make sure the new appliance will squeeze into the same spot as your current refrigerator. Do that by measuring the dimensions of your old unit. Then compare them with the new fridge you plan to purchase. Ideally the replacement appliance will be identical to or smaller than the current model. This is especially important if your current fridge lives in a recessed nook within built-in cabinets.

It's equally important to measure your counter depth. Some fridges can stick out far beyond your counters, jutting into your kitchen. If you have a kitchen island, measure how much clearance you have to open the fridge doors or walk past the fridge. 041b061a72


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