Clean water filters help the refrigerator water stay clear, remain free from odor, and preserve taste quality. So being diligent about changing your refrigerator water filter every 6 months is a habit worth having. Needless to say, discovering your Whirlpool refrigerator water filter is stuck throws a wrench into your well-laid plans.

Troubleshooting When Your Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter is Stuck

If you’re looking for Whirlpool refrigerator water filter replacement troubleshooting, you’ve come to right place. Follow these instructions to getting that filter changed in a jiffy.

Quarter Turn Filter in Base

To remove the quarter turn filter:

  • turn the filter a quarter turn to the left- usually, the cap should be aligned vertically
  • pull filter straight out
  • When applicable according to the model, remove the cap and replace cap onto the new filter

When stuck try the following:

  • cover cap with a cloth to protect from damage
  • using pliers, grasp cap and turn a quarter turn *NOTE: too much pressure to cause breakage could damage the internal workings of the water system

 

Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter is Stuck

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Push Button Filter in Base

To remove the push button filter:

  • locate button on the base grille
  • push button to disengage the filter
  • pull filter out

Whirlpool refrigerator water filter stuck try the following:

  • press and hold button while filter ejects
  • push on the filter and then push the button to disengage filter
  • remove the bottom grille for better access, then push button to disengage filter, press filter back in, then push button again

 

whirlpool refrigerator water filter in grille

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Door Pops Out Filter Inside

To remove the compartment filter:

  • open water filter compartment door in an upward motion
  • pull filter out once the door is completely open

When stuck or the whirlpool water filter door won’t close try the following:

  • close and re-open the compartment door
  • ensure door is completely open
  • turn off refrigerator water line, then release water using the dispenser to lessen the pressure
  • try again to fully open the compartment door and remove the filter

 

how to change water filter in whirlpool refrigerator

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Pull Tab Filter Inside

To remove the pull tab filter:

  • open compartment door
  • turn filter counterclockwise (to the left)
  • pull straight out

When stuck try the following:

  • ensure door is open completely
  • temporarily remove shelf nearest the filter if necessary to gain better access for removal
  • turn filter counterclockwise (to the left)
  • pull straight out
whirlpool refrigerator water filter stuck

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Learning how to change water filter in Whirlpool refrigerators is usually no biggie. If your Whirlpool water filter is stuck and still won’t budge or your refrigerator could use additional service and TLC, contact Caesar’s Appliance Service today and we’ll get it done!