Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter Door Broken- Here’s The Fixes!

Clover Dane


If your Whirlpool refrigerator has a water filter door and it’s broken, you may be feeling totally overwhelmed by all the possible solutions out there. In this post, we will look at why these doors break and how they can be fixed.

Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter Door Replacement

To replace the water filter, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Open the refrigerator door and make sure that it is in the fully open position. If it is not, then manually open it until it locks into place at its full height.
  • Locate where your filter is located on your refrigerator model (it may be behind a panel or hidden somewhere else). It should be somewhere near where you would normally store food items in your fridge, like vegetables or fruit juices etcetera. Open up this compartment by pulling off any lids or removing screws so that you can access what’s inside easily without damaging anything else along with removing old filters as well.* Once inside this compartment look for two screws holding down each side of plastic cover which hides away from sight all four sides around area where filters are located inside body structure housing itself making sure not get lost during replacement process later down road if done correctly first time around instead wasting time trying figure out how exactly put back together again after installing new one successfully installed correctly first time around rather than wasting precious minutes trying figure out how exactly put back together again after installing new one successfully installed correctly first time around instead wasting precious minutes trying figureout

What customers are saying

  • “The water filter door is broken and won’t close.”
  • “I can’t get my refrigerator’s water filter door open.”
  • “My refrigerator’s water filter door won’t lock.”

This feedback has been echoed by customers across the country, who have reported that their Whirlpool refrigerators’ doors are either locked or broken in some way. If you’re experiencing any of these issues with your own Whirlpool refrigerator, here are some fixes worth trying out:

Is Whirlpool’s water filter door locked?

If you find that your Whirlpool refrigerator’s water filter door is locked, there are a few things you can do to unlock it. You may need to turn the locking ring on the front of the filter door counterclockwise until it unlocks.

If this doesn’t work, try turning it clockwise instead.

If neither direction works, try pushing down on both sides of the locking ring at once while turning it clockwise or counterclockwise until it unlocks.

Filters Located in the Base Grill

The filters are located in the base grill. To access them, you must open your refrigerator door and remove two screws that hold the base grill in place. Once you have removed these screws and lifted up on the front edge of your refrigerator’s base grill, you can pull out both filters from their slots located inside this area.

The filters should be replaced every six months or more frequently if you have hard water (as directed by Whirlpool).

How to remove a stuck water filter?

The first thing you need to do is remove the filter from your refrigerator. Unscrew it and clean it, then reinstall it in order for your water flow to be restored. If this doesn’t work, try testing out other parts of the system and see if they are working properly before replacing them with new ones.

Reasons behind water filter door broken

  • Inappropriate installation
  • Water inlet tube
  • Poor icemaker functionality
  • Botched installation: The water filter may have been installed incorrectly, or there could be issues with the water inlet valve. If you suspect this is the case, contact a technician to inspect your refrigerator and make sure everything is working correctly. If it isn’t, they will be able to fix any problems that need addressing without having to replace parts of your appliance.

Inappropriate installation

If you have installed the filter improperly, it may be causing the door to not open. If you have moved meals around or put them in different locations, this could also cause problems with your refrigerator’s performance.

If there is a clogged water filter, it can cause improper functioning and make opening the door difficult or impossible.

Inappropriate placement of meals can also result in improper functioning of your refrigerator’s icemaker feature as well as other parts of its operation such as cooling temperatures and storage capacity for food items

Water inlet tube

The water inlet tube is a part of the water filter housing and it connects the refrigerator to the filter. It’s made up of plastic or metal, depending on your model. The tube can be damaged if improper installation was done by you or someone else who installed it for you (for example: an appliance repairman). It can also get damaged due to overuse, especially if you have hard water that has lots of minerals in it.

If your refrigerator has a broken door flap for its ice maker, then this can cause problems with how well ice cubes form within said machine–which will mean less-than-perfectly shaped cubes coming out at times!

Poor icemaker functionality

A water filter door that’s broken can cause poor icemaker functionality. The door keeps the water supply line and ice maker separate, so if it’s not working properly, there will be issues with ice production. A few common problems include:

  • Water filter housing door is stuck shut or broken off completely
  • Dispenser doesn’t work properly (e.g., dispensing only warm or hot water)
  • Pump not functioning as it should

Botched installation

If you’ve had a botched installation, there are several things to check before calling Whirlpool. First, make sure that the filter is properly seated and not loose in its housing. You can do this by twisting it gently with your hands; if it doesn’t move easily, then it’s likely installed correctly. If your icemaker isn’t working properly or water is coming out of the ice maker at high pressure (which may cause damage), then look at installing new filters located in the base grill instead of behind the refrigerator door.

Water inlet valve

  • The water inlet valve is located in the back of the refrigerator.
  • Check for debris or obstructions in this area, such as food particles or dirt that may have built up and caused your door to break. If you find any, clean out your refrigerator filter with warm water and soap and then dry it completely before putting it back into place.
  • If you still need help getting your ice maker working again after trying these methods, replace/repair your water filter door as necessary!

Replacement of water filter

Replacement of water filter

  • Remove the old filter: Lift up on the lever at the bottom of your refrigerator door and pull out the old filter. It’s secured by two tabs at one end, so you’ll need to use some force if it doesn’t come off easily by hand. Set aside this new-looking but actually very used piece of plastic for recycling or disposal as you see fit!
  • Replace it with a new one: Take out your new filter from its packaging (you did remember to buy one before coming over here, didn’t you?), then slide it into place against those two tabs we mentioned earlier (those ones). Make sure that all three ends are fully seated before moving on–if they aren’t secure enough yet, try pushing down harder until they click into place; otherwise just leave everything alone until later steps when we’ll tighten things up even more securely than before! 3/4″ inch diameter x 1/8″ thick x 6 1/2 inches long.”

3 Check for leaks around edges after installing door back onto refrigerator unit casing once again making sure there aren’t any gaps where water could leak out onto floor below causing damage there also.. Once satisfied with how well everything fits together then go ahead now turn power back on inside unit so that air circulation fans will start working properly again which should create suction within itself pulling air flow through both filters simultaneously without fail each time someone opens their refrigerator door open wide enough far enough away from wall where opening mechanism sits firmly against frame edge closest side opposite handle arm structure located near top middle section corner closest left corner area where hinges connect together tightly gripping tightly together firmly tightens down pressure evenly distributed evenly distributed evenly distributed evenly spaced apart equally spaced equally spaced equally spaced equally separated distance equidistant distances equidistant distances equidistant distances equal spacing equal spacing equal spacing equal distribution uniformity

Inspect water supply

  • Check the water supply. If you have a well or municipal system, check the pressure and make sure that it’s adequate for your refrigerator.
  • Inspect your filter. The easiest way to do this is by looking at the bottom of it–you should see some kind of cartridge inside that contains carbon granules and/or other materials designed to remove contaminants from water as it passes through them. If there are cracks in this filter (which can happen over time), then you’ll need to replace it with another one before proceeding further with repairs on your Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter Door Broken.
  • Inspect icemaker assembly components such as ice cube tray(es), auger motor assembly (if applicable), etc., using appropriate tools such as screwdrivers if necessary based upon how old model is or whether service manual exists online which may give exact instructions including torque settings used during assembly process so no damage occurs while working inside cabinet space where refrigerant lines run underneath bottom paneling which also holds up weight load above ground level due its position being lower than average height due placement underneath countertop level surface area where most appliances go into place after being plugged into wall outlets throughout house so user doesn’t have access unless standing directly underneath where machines sit atop pedestal legs attached securely overhead but still susceptible nonetheless

Proper installation

The best way to install a refrigerator water filter is by using a professional. However, if you know how to do it yourself and want to save some money, then follow these steps:

  • Turn off the power supply at your electrical panel before installing the new filter.
  • Use a screwdriver or wrench (depending on what type of filter you have) to remove the old filter from its compartment in your refrigerator door. Remove any dirt from around this area so that it will be easier for you when installing your new filter later on!

Clogged water filter

The water filter is a very important part of your refrigerator. It helps to keep your food fresh and free from contaminants. If you are having problems with your filter, you need to know how to clean it or replace it with a new one.

Here are some tips on how you can clean and/or replace your water filter:

  • Cleaning: To clean out the clogged area in the back of your refrigerator where the water line connects, use warm soapy water and an old toothbrush (be careful not to scratch). Then rinse thoroughly with hot tap water until all traces of soap are gone from around where this connection is made; make sure no soap remains inside! Afterward dry everything off well before reassembling everything back together again so nothing gets wet when put back together later on down down road…

Improper placement of meals

There are many reasons why your refrigerator water filter door is broken. One of the most common ones is improper placement of meals.

The first step in fixing this problem is to check whether you’re using the right filter for your fridge model, as well as whether it has been installed correctly. If not, then no amount of fiddling with the hinges will fix it; you’ll have to replace both filters before trying again.

To avoid clogging up your ice maker and ruining its functionality, make sure not place too many large items inside at once (i.e., big bottles). Also try not stacking up too many glasses on top or behind one another; this could cause them all fall down onto each other in an unbalanced manner which could result in breaking some pieces off entirely!

Clean up the water filter

  • Remove the water filter.
  • Rinse the filter under running water, then drain off any excess.
  • Replace the filter and close door properly.

Diverse issues

In the event that you are experiencing diverse issues with your refrigerator water filter door, here are some of the fixes:

  • Improper installation. This is a common problem and one of the easiest to fix. Make sure that all connections are secure, especially if you’re using plastic tubing instead of metal ones. If there’s still leakage after this step, try tightening them further until it stops leaking completely or install another filter if possible (again making sure everything is secure). If these steps don’t work then call an expert as they might have to replace parts like seals or gaskets which can be expensive but necessary in order for everything else on your system to work correctly!
  • Clogged filter cartridge(s). Another reason why you might have leaking issues could be due because either one or both filters inside have been clogged up over time due too much usage by guests visiting my house during summer months when everyone wants something cold while outside enjoying nice weather together under trees etc…so make sure check out first before anything else!

High water pressure

If you have high water pressure, this can cause the filter door to break. You should check your house’s water pressure and see if it needs to be adjusted. If so, get a plumber in to do it for you. If there is already a pressure regulator on your home’s plumbing system, make sure it is working properly as well!

About Whirlpool Corporation

Whirlpool Corporation is an American multinational corporation and the world’s largest home appliance manufacturer. Whirlpool brands include KitchenAid, Maytag, Jenn-Air, Amana and others.

The company has headquarters in Benton Charter Township, Michigan; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Paris Ile-de-France France; Skelleftea Sweden; Zhejiang China; Seinajoki Finland; Auckland New Zealand.

It employs approximately 98000 people worldwide with sales of US$20 billion in 2016.[5]

Water Filter Housing

The water filter housing is a part of the refrigerator that holds the water filter. It is usually located on the right side of the refrigerator, near where you would normally find your ice maker and water dispenser.

The purpose of this housing is to protect your new refrigerator filters from damage and make them easier to clean or replace, should they become worn out over time.

Quarter Turn Filter

If you have a quarter turn filter, you can do the following to replace it:

  • Remove the old filter by turning it counterclockwise. You may need to use pliers if it is stuck on tightly.
  • Take out the new filter and place it into position by turning it clockwise until it locks into place, then give it one final quarter turn to make sure that everything is secure and tight.

Push Button Filter

If you have a push button filter and are experiencing problems with the water filter door, try to follow these steps:

  • Check if there’s any dirt or debris around the water inlet tube that may be causing it to stick. If so, clean it up with a vacuum or compressed air.
  • Make sure that your icemaker is working properly. It could be that there is an issue with its functionality that needs to be addressed first before fixing anything else in your refrigerator. If this isn’t an issue though and you’re still having trouble opening up your refrigerator door after following all of these steps above then there might possibly be something wrong with how they were installed originally! In order for us at Whirlpool Corporation USA/Canada South Region Support Center – Service Center Support Team (CSST) CSST team members not only do we need access but also permission from whirlpool corporation usa/canada south region support center cssc team members first before proceeding further into diagnosing this type problem further we recommend contacting them directly through phone call 1-800-944-9040 ext 3

Frequently asked questions

FAQ 1: How to replace a water filter holder on a Whirlpool refrigerator?

Answer: To replace a water filter holder on a Whirlpool refrigerator, follow these steps:

Turn off the refrigerator’s water supply.
Locate the water filter holder, usually at the bottom or top corner within the fridge.
Remove the water filter by gently turning it counterclockwise and pulling it out.
Unscrew or unclip the water filter holder to detach it from the refrigerator wall.
Acquire a new water filter holder compatible with your refrigerator model.
Attach the new water filter holder to the refrigerator wall by screwing or clipping it.
Insert the water filter into the new holder and turn it clockwise until secure.
Turn the refrigerator’s water supply back on and check for any leaks.
Always consult the user manual for specific instructions related to your refrigerator model.

FAQ 2: Can I leave the water filter out of my Whirlpool refrigerator?

Answer: Although it’s not recommended, you can leave the water filter out of your Whirlpool refrigerator. However, this will mean unfiltered water is being supplied to the ice maker and water dispenser, which could have impurities, bad odors, or taste. It is always best to replace a worn-out or damaged filter with a new one to ensure clean, safe water.

FAQ 3: How to remove the water filter cover on a Whirlpool refrigerator?

Answer: To remove the water filter cover on a Whirlpool refrigerator, follow these steps:

Turn off the refrigerator’s water supply.
Locate the water filter cover, typically found by removing the bottom or top grill/base grill.
Depending on your refrigerator model, the cover may have clips or screws. If it’s with clips, gently press them inward and pull the cover off. If it has screws, use a screwdriver to unscrew and remove them.
Carefully lift or slide the cover out.
It is always best to consult the user manual for specific instructions related to your refrigerator model.

FAQ 4: What do I do if my water filter won’t come out?

Answer: If your water filter won’t come out, follow these steps to safely remove it:

Turn off the refrigerator’s water supply.
Ensure that you are turning the filter in the correct direction (usually counterclockwise) as indicated on the filter or in the user manual.
Apply gentle, steady pressure as you try to twist and pull the filter out. Avoid using excessive force, which could cause damage.
If the filter is stuck, try using a pair of slip-joint pliers, and wrap a cloth around the filter to protect it from scratches. Gently pull on the filter with the pliers to ease it out.
If the filter still won’t budge, seek professional assistance to avoid causing damage to your refrigerator.
Always consult your Whirlpool refrigerator user manual for specific instructions related to your refrigerator model.


So, if you have a broken water filter door on your Whirlpool refrigerator, then it is time to get it replaced. This will not only save your money but also help you avoid any further damage caused by the leaky door.