Bottom Freezer Refrigerator - How to Change the Filter

Water Filter Cartridge

The location of your water filter and filter type varies based on your refrigerator model. Typical locations on bottom-freezer units include the back upper right corner, inside the left door, or the upper left corner of the fresh food compartment. 

When to Replace the Filter

Most bottom-freezer refrigerators have a replacement indicator light on the water dispenser. This light will indicate when it is time to replace your water filter. The filter cartridge should be replaced when the replacement indicator light comes on or if the flow of water to the dispenser or icemaker decreases. 

Installing the Filter Cartridge

Once you've identified the location of your filter, choose one of the below installation videos according to your specific filter type.

Note:  The water supply to the refrigerator does not have to be turned off when replacing the water filter.


  • View how to install an MWF/MWFP/MWFA water filter:



  • View how to install an XWF water filter:



  • View how to install a RPWFE water filter:



  • View how to install a GSWF water filter:



Also see: Refrigerator - How to Locate Filter Installation Instructions


General Installation Instructions

If you are replacing the cartridge, first remove the old one. Open the cartridge cover by pressing in on the tab at the front and pulling down. Remove the cartridge by slowly rotating it counterclockwise. A small amount of water may drip down.


CAUTION: If air has been trapped in the system, the filter cartridge may be ejected as it is removed. Use caution when removing.


Remove the protective foil from the end of the cartridge. Lining up the arrow on the cartridge and the cartridge holder, slowly rotate the cartridge clockwise until it stops. When the cartridge is properly installed, you will feel it “click” as it locks into place. The blade on the end of the cartridge should be positioned vertically. Do not over tighten. A newly-installed water filter cartridge may cause water to spurt from the dispenser.


Close the cartridge cover. Run water from the dispenser for 3 minutes (about 1 1/2 gallons) to clear the system and prevent sputtering. Press and hold the RESET WATER FILTER pad for 3 seconds, if applicable.


Filter Bypass Plug

You must use the filter bypass plug when a replacement filter cartridge is not available. The icemaker will not operate without the filter or filter bypass plug. If you need the bypass plug and one was not supplied with the refrigerator or has been misplaced, you can order one at no charge by calling 1-800-GECARES. In Canada, call 800-561-3344.


Replacement Filters

To order additional filter cartridges, please call GE Appliances Factory Parts at 1-800-626-2002. Order a GE Appliances water filter online.