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How to Use and Install the Air Filter

How to Use and Install the Air Filter in Full-Size Refrigerators

 

There are two types of air filter installations. Each one requires different steps, so identify the air filter type in your full-size refrigerator before getting started.

 

For Type 1, follow these instructions:

NOTE: The air filter is located behind the blue LED-lighted vent cover, located on the rear wall near the middle of the refrigerator.

  1. Remove the air filter from its packaging.
  2. Pull out plastic cover over the vented cover.  We suggest removing the cover by lifting up one side of the cover, then the other. 

NOTE: When cover is removed for the first time, a small foam part the size of the filter will need to be discarded.

  1. Snap the filter into place.

 

For Type 2, follow these instructions:

Install the air filter behind the vented door, located on the rear wall near the top of the refrigerator compartment.

  1. Remove the air filter from its packaging.
  2. Lift open the vented door.
  3. Snap the filter into place.

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How do you install the Filter Status Indicator?

The filter comes with a status indicator, which should be activated and installed at the same time the air filter is installed.

  1. Place the indicator face-down on a firm, flat surface.
  2. Apply pressure to the bubble on the back of the indicator until the bubble pops to activate the indicator.
  3. Lift open the vented air filter door. On some models, there are notches behind the door.

 

For models with notches, keep the following instructions in mind:

  1. With the indicator screen facing outward, slide the indicator down into the notches.
  2. If the indicator will not easily slide into the notches if the bubble has not been popped.
  3. Close the air filter door, and check that the indicator is visible through the window in the door.

 

For models without notches, do the following:

  1. Place the indicator somewhere it is easily visible - either inside the refrigerator, or elsewhere in your kitchen or home.

 

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What Does the Air Filter Do?

 

It’s important to properly install the air filter for many reasons. For instance, an air filter is 15 times more powerful than baking soda at reducing common food odors inside the refrigerator. On some models, your refrigerator's accessory packet includes an air filter, which must be installed prior to use. The air filter is located on the rear wall near the top of the refrigerator compartment.

Air filters are available at some retailers, including Amazon.