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How to Flush the Water System a Refrigerator

How to Flush the Water System in a Refrigerator

It’s important to flush the water system as often as you change the water filter. It is recommended that you change and flush your water filter every 6 months. If you haven’t flushed the water system or replaced the water filter yet, read on for instructions on how to do so.

Was water system flushed after filter installation or replacement? Air in the water system may cause dripping at the dispenser that is considered a leak.

Note: One or two drops of water immediately after dispensing is normal, and will end shortly.  It may be necessary to hold the container under the dispenser for 2 to 3 seconds after releasing the dispenser button.

For instructions on how to flush the water system, follow these instructions:

  1. Use a sturdy container to depress and hold the water dispenser lever for 5 seconds and then release for 5 seconds
  2. Repeat the process until water starts to flow at a steady pass and all the air is out of the water line. You may discard up to 3 gallons of water during this process

After flushing the water system, allow 24 hours for the refrigerator to cool and chill the water.  Then, dispense enough water every week to maintain a fresh supply.