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How to Reset the Water Filter Light on a Whirlpool Refrigerator?

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how to reset the water filter light on a whirlpool refrigerator

Are you planning to replace your fridge’s water filter but are clueless about how to reset the water filter light on a Whirlpool refrigerator? Resetting the filter light is essential to let the fridge know you have replaced its water filter and that it needs to restart its filter lifespan countdown.

The water filter we have in our refrigerators can last only up to six months. Unfortunately, we often lose track of the replacement schedule, undermining the water quality in our ice maker and water dispenser.

Resetting a Whirlpool fridge’s water filter light is not a complicated process. I will show you.

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Resetting the water filter light on any modern refrigerator requires no special tools or a complicated process. You can reset your fridge’s water filter system in thirty seconds if you know the reset mechanism’s precise location.

That is why the Whirlpool refrigerator owner’s manual is the only thing you need for this activity. The document contains drawings of your refrigerator’s components, including the water filter, ice maker, water dispenser, and control panel.

Each component will have parts labels and a description of each element and how to activate it.

Many homeowners ditch the owner’s manual because they believe modern appliances are straightforward to use. Unfortunately, failing to read the document robs you of substantial knowledge about your refrigerator’s operation, functionality, and inherent features.

No matter how intelligent your refrigerator is, it cannot reset the water filter light on its own. It needs your input, triggering a series of actions that tells the fridge’s computer it is time to restart the filter lifespan countdown.

If you fail to reset the water filter light, the refrigerator’s computer will not recognize the new filter cartridge and may stop working altogether.

Resetting the water filter light is similar to resetting an alarm clock. You will know when the next filter replacement is.

Steps to Resetting a Whirlpool Fridge’s Water Filter Light


Step 1. Check what kind of water filter light reset mechanism you have on your Whirlpool refrigerator

Whirlpool refrigerators come in different types and model series. The water filter reset mechanism on your fridge may be dissimilar from your friend or neighbor’s Whirlpool refrigerator.

That is why it is always wise to check your owner’s manual to determine what type of water reset mechanism you have on your fridge.

Your Whirlpool fridge filter reset mechanism can come in one of three types, including a physical reset button, a touchscreen interface, or a dedicated Water Filter Reset button on a control panel.

Step 2. Locate the water filter reset mechanism in your fridge


Use your owner’s manual to determine the water filter reset mechanism’s location. Knowing this in advance will help hasten the resetting process.

If you no longer have the manual, you can try any of the following locations.

  • Side-by-side Whirlpool refrigerators will often have the water filter reset button above the water dispensing unit outside the fridge.
  • A French door Whirlpool refrigerator will have the water filter light reset mechanism inside on the top-right.
  • A bottom-mount French door Whirlpool fridge will have a different filter light reset system. In most instances, you can find the reset mechanism on the fridge’s touchpad.

Some Whirlpool models do not have a physical reset button. Instead, these fridges have a digital touchscreen interface with ENERGY SAVER, FAST COOL writings, or other similar wordings.

Step 3. Reset the water filter light

Determining the reset mechanism’s precise location is a crucial step in resetting Whirlpool refrigerator water filter light.

The next step is as straightforward as pushing the reset button or pressing the appropriate menu buttons on the digital control interface.

  • Push the physical reset button.

A physical reset button typically requires a single press that automatically resets the water filter light.

If your Whirlpool fridge has the reset button on a control panel, it would be wise to press and hold the key for about three seconds.

You should see the filter light indicator change from an orange color to blue. You might also hear a beeping sound, depending on your refrigerator model.

If the indicator light does not change color, you might want to double-check the button you are pressing.

  • Press the appropriate menu options on the digital control interface.

You can also check if your Whirlpool fridge has ENERGY SAVER and FAST COOL buttons on its control interface. If it does, you must touch these buttons simultaneously for three seconds.

You will see the digital display performing a three-second countdown before a flashing icon appears on the screen. Some Whirlpool refrigerators also play a tone to indicate the completion of the water filter resetting process.

If you do not hear a notification or the LED does not change color, you can try wiping the touchpad’s surface with a microfiber cloth to remove any surface contaminants. Touch the two buttons again to see if it will reset the water filter light on the Whirlpool fridge.

Some models come with a FILTER RESET digital indicator on the touchscreen panel. You only need to touch the panel and wait for it to reset automatically.

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Learning how to reset the water filter light on a Whirlpool refrigerator gives you the confidence to make regular water filter replacements part of routine maintenance. You can ensure the quality and safety of the water going to your ice maker and coming out of the fridge’s water dispenser.

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