$55 GE RPWFE water filter? I don't think so...

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  1. FTL900

    FTL900 White and nerdy

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    If you don't have these really expensive $55 water filters in your refrigerator, you won't really care about any of this.

    My girlfriend bought this really nice expensive GE fridge not knowing the water filters are $55, and of course they don't mention the nag screen that comes on every 6 months sharp... regardless of how much water you use.

    Removing and replacing the filter won't help. The more common $10 RPWF filter will "fit" but it won't work- the refrigerator insists there's no filter installed. That's because the more expensive filter has an RFID tag that requires a new expensive filter to get the nag screen to go away... every 6 months.
    So I hacked our fridge. :clap

    Instructions here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17eLD8fXupD0QpCyUCJ6E3U_p5IYezwpX/view?usp=sharing
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  2. filmfan

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    You may still want to change the filter every 6 months because they collect bacteria. If you're on chlorinated city water it may not matter so much though.
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  3. slideways

    slideways España

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    Fuck GE and there stupid profile refrigerator.
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  4. Crocodile Tears

    Crocodile Tears Powerful Truth Angels Supporter

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    put a cheap inline filter on the fridge water inlet.

    ignore the light.

    solved.
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  5. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I didn't even know my fridge had a filter until a water line in the fridge burst one morning because the filter was plugged.

    I still haven't gotten around to fixing that...
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  6. ydarg

    ydarg Miscreant

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    Fridge is plumbed into the RO line from the sink. I leave the bypass cap thing in the filter slot in the fridge and just reset the reminder.

    No filter change necessary.
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  7. FTL900

    FTL900 White and nerdy

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    Yup. That's the last sentence, change it in June and December.
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  8. spagthorpe

    spagthorpe Long timer

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    Every fridge I've bought (well, two so far) that had the built in water ice and door dispenser and all that shit has leaked. Not one of the connectors anywhere on the fridge is anything standard, and they both had the custom filter bullshit as well. I'll not buy another. Current fridge is a cheap ass no frills one, and I use ice cube trays. Zero problems in six years.

    I'm sure they just figured out it was an easy revenue stream from yuppies that want the fancy fridges and can afford the filters.
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  9. JDUBinCO

    JDUBinCO Q-bald

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    I buy filters for my Samsung on amazon. $50 buys 2.

    I’d ignore it but I gave filtered water to the goldfish for months and when I gave it sink water it died. I figure if the filtered water is the difference between life and death for a goldfish I might improve my health by drinking filtered! Apples vs KTMs, I know, but it helps me sleep at night.
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  10. shores

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    When I lived in a big city not blessed with abundant cold clear water filling up a water bottle would produce cloudy stinky water
    Run it through a 10 dollar brita filter and it would smell fine and taste amazing
    I've never bought the fancy fridges as ita just more stuff to break
    Fill up the brita or put the tap mountable filter in
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  11. JDUBinCO

    JDUBinCO Q-bald

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    The fridge came with the house. Why should I complicate my life??
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  12. WJBertrand

    WJBertrand Ventura Highway

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    I guess the installers threw away my bypass gadget. I'm about to perform this same hack. Dirty little secret GE has about these filters. I'll either install an inline external filter (if I have room) or use the cheaper brand of RPWF filters going forward. I can tell when they need to be replaced from the taste and 6 months is too soon.
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  13. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    Nope. Sneaky bastards don't even send them with the fridge. You have to call them, give them the model number, and they'll send you one for free. And of course, it will be back ordered and you'll have to wait a month to get it. Just went through it myself. I installed it myself and knew it wasn't misplaced.
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  14. WJBertrand

    WJBertrand Ventura Highway

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    OK, I was reading some information on the internet that made it sound like the fridges were delivered with this bypass in place and you had to replace it with the filter and then keep it. I've half a mind to complain to the FTC about this...
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  15. v303x

    v303x Been here awhile

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    I went through the same ordeal. Removed bypass, installed filter that came with fridge and 6 months later it shut us off. I was not paying no stinking $50 for a filter that looks like a sex toy!

    1. Buy cheap filters on Amazon
    2. Peel off RFID chip from bypass filter
    3. Tape bypass RFID to cheap filter, use location the RFID of used $50 filter as a guide
    4. Set reminder to replace every 6 months or so
    5. Boom!

    Yes, you will get the 'Not Filtering' Captain Obvious warning but I am not letting the man put me down.

    Cheers,
    David
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  16. WJBertrand

    WJBertrand Ventura Highway

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    I think I will try sticking the RFID tag from the bypass inside the housing area for the filter. That way I won't have to mess with it every time I change a filter. I wonder if the message panel can be opened and that particular warning blocked somehow - black tape on the inside? Mine does not have a screen type display, I think there are just backlit cutouts that aren't visible when not illuminated.
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  17. FatChance

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    About 8 years ago I remodeled our kitchen and installed a new GE refrigerator with that filter. When it expired and I found out what an expensive pain in the butt it was I had no choice, I sold the house.

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    :scratch
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  19. FatChance

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  20. Yinzer Moto

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    Yea, I got it.
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