Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter Replacement #UKF8001

This video provides step-by-step repair instructions for replacing the water filter on a Whirlpool refrigerator. The most common reason for replacing the water filter is when performing routine maintenance.

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All of the information for this water filter replacement video is applicable to the following brands:
Amana, Maytag, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Kenmore, Jenn Air, Admiral, Crosley, Dacor, Gaggenau

Tools needed: none

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21 Replies to “Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter Replacement #UKF8001”

  1. The filter doesn't just drop down as shown in this video. You have to take a butter knife between the refrigerator ceiling and the filter and twist the butter knife slowly. The filter will then drop down.

  2. I'm having the same problem. Can anyone help?? does the valve need to be replaced?

    "I just attempted this and water sprayed non-stop once the filter was removed. Any suggestion? The pressure was very strong I had a tough time getting the filter back on just to stop it."

  3. Unfortunately, my filter is much more difficult to remove that thab this one. Even either both hands I cannot turn this filter. I hope someone can show how to remove a stuck filter

  4. Filter doesn't flop down for access like the video. It stays up and won't turn. Don't want to mess it up with a screwdriver or something.

  5. After several attempts of turning the filter, we finally used channel locks gently turning the filter, out it came!

  6. I just read that I may have needed to shut off the cold water supply from the refrigerator and then turn on the water dispenser before replacing the filter. I didn’t do that on this first filter replacement since I’ve had the fridge, so does anyone else out there do that each time before replacing the filter? none of the videos I’ve watched including whirlpool’s suggested it.

  7. I couldnt twist the filter off, felt like I was going to break parts of the component. What helped was taking the plastic cover that drops down off its hinges, it was easy to do that, then I was able to use both hands, one to hold the blue part and the other to twist off filter. Taking the cover off helped to put the filter back on also, and putting the cover back on was easy. hope this helps.

  8. I removed the filter and for some reason the water started squirting from my fridge replace it quick but licking like a faucet I ended up shutting the valve on the back of the fridge is this normal?

  9. Many of these comments were years ago but I thought I would add my comment anyway. We purchased a home recently and it came with appliances. The frig was purchased in 2018. I'm not very handy with tools (always worried about breaking things) so I was hesitant to try prying the filter loose. But a small amount of pressure with a screwdriver between the back end of the filter and that plastic end holder was enough to drop the filter down. Once you get the new filter aligned it was pretty easy to turn and finish installing.

    The first cup of water did have a black residue but that quickly disappeared. Of course resetting the filter message using the control panel was very confusing even with the original instructions. I'll be checking the frig frequently the rest of the day to make sure I didn't accidentally turn something off! lol I really prefer the "press 2 buttons for 3 seconds" method :/

    Anyway, thanks to RepairClinic, at least I found out how it was "supposed" to work! And thanks to everyone's solutions for a "stuck" filter!

  10. I just attempted this and water sprayed non stop once filter was removed. Any suggestion ? The pressure was very strong I had a tough time getting the filter back on just to stop it.

  11. Do I have to wait until the Replace Filter message is on? Can I do it when it says Order filter?

  12. New refrigerator, difficult to remove filter, finally removed shelf below filter and used water-pump pliers. Then had difficulty installing replacement filter, it was forcefully ejected along with some water spray. Videos make it look easy but referring to the owners manual there is a caution "Air trapped in the water system may cause water and filter to eject. Always dispense water for at least 2 minutes before removing the filter or blue bypass cap."   I will make sure to dispense water prior to changing the filter the next time!

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