Fridge filter question

I have a Kenmore (discovered it was made by Frigidaire when I googled Model #). The red light came on for filter, and the water comes out slower.
When you open up the fridge door, it's on the upper right. You press a triangular tab on the corner, and the filter apparently comes out. Two tubes in the back with O-rings, shown in the picture. So, apparently, to change the filter, you hit the triangular tab, the filter either pops out or you pull it out and slide in the new one.
My question: do you have to shut off the water? I read several sites, and they had some info, but not that.
Steve
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In my handyman business, I change the filters on several different brands and never have had to turn off the water. They all shut off the flow as soon as the filter is removed. No guarantees, but I'd be willing to bet that yours works the same.
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I was tending to think the same, too. The filter was sticking out about 1/8" from flush. I popped it, and it locked in. The water started flowing from the door dispenser on the first try. Reset the red light, and it's working fine now, although a little slow. I know it's been more than six months since a change, so will change it just in case. After that, I'm not sure if that change every six months is realistic or they're trying to sell filters. Perhaps you could advise?
Thanks
Steve
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SteveB wrote:

Filter life should depend primarily on the quality of the input water and the volume of water processed. Time should have little to nothing to do with it. If you use a lot of ice from the ice maker and water from the dispenser it will need replacement sooner than if you use little. Since the filter doesn't allow visual inspection it's difficult to determine when it really needs changing though. Think of that six month figure as appropriate for the usage an "average" family would give it and then try to decide which side of "average" you fall on. For my part, being single and giving the ice and water from the fridge relatively minimal use, I reset the light and let it go a second period before changing the filter.
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The time to change depends on the quality of water you have. I'd be happy to get four months from a filter. I use an in-line filter on the feed to the fridge and that is after the whole house sediment filter. OTOH, do you want that gunk that filter trapped to linger for that long?
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Good point. This spring, there will be some work to be done on some water lines around here. At that time, I will install an inline to the house. I think I'm going to put a new filter on there right now just out of general principles.
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On Mon, 24 Dec 2007 15:44:57 -0800, "SteveB"

A service man once; and later SWMBO. had occasion to change filters in the fridge here.
Not once was the water turned off...YMMV
I'm in charge of water turn off, so it would have been brought to my attention - I hope:)
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I'm a virgin in this phase of experiences. My first time. Be gentle.
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On Mon, 24 Dec 2007 18:43:51 -0800, "SteveB"
Get the microns right and the filter/size. It should slip in!
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wrote:

Googled all that. Just not sure about the water. Now, I'm pretty sure it's a pop out pop in install. Hope Home Depot has them.
Steve
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On Mon, 24 Dec 2007 21:10:39 -0800, "SteveB"

You must have water; better in UT? ...
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On Mon, 24 Dec 2007 21:10:39 -0800, "SteveB"

Call Hanson's Water, Las Vegas http://www.hansonwater.com/contact.html
They have a real answer.
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wrote:

We have those at the LV houses, and had one put in when we moved in here in Utah. Still need to put a filter in the main line, though. We live at the end of the line in the country, and I'm sure the water isn't that great. Probably should have it tested.
Steve
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End of the line sucks. Our water improved after two more houses were built over they years.
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