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How to Use Cheap XWFE Water Filter Replacement for GE Refrigerator

by Dr. Jonathan Doyle - Updated January 19, 2021
The GE refrigerators are popular options when it comes to picking a good refrigerator. The French door design, large capacity and filtered water dispenser make the GE stand out from other brands.
Yet, if you’ve ever replaced the water filter in your GE refrigerator, you know they are not very budget-friendly. The GE XWFE water filter can cost as much as $50, and it needs to be replaced every six months. You can do the math and figure out how much additional cost the refrigerator would take.

XWFE vs. XWF What’s the difference?

XWFE is GE’s updated version of the XWF filter. The XWFE replaces the XWF, and is compatible with all refrigerators using the XWF. The only difference between the XWFE and the XWF is a chip on the back of the XWFE filter, which the newer GE refrigerators "use radio frequency identification (RFID) to "talk" to the fridge. The chip is used to detect leaks and let the refrigerator know whether it’s a genuine factory product or not.

How to replace and install the XWFE water filter

First thing first, let’s learn how to take the original filter off from the GE refrigerator.

Can I replace my XWFE water filter with generic replacement?

It’s very normal that people go online and try to find better-priced generic filters. However, we quickly find out that there are no generic filters can replace the GE XWFE filters. Why?
Because the RFID chip prevents people from replacing with cheap water filters. A generic XWF water filter from other brands would not be recognized by the GE refrigerator and the refrigerator would stop dispensing water for you.

The most economical way to replace the XWFE water filter

To be fair, though GE charges $50 for its water filter, the company does offer you a bypass to get unfiltered water for free. Our solution is to utilize the bypass along with the Waterdrop UC undersink filtration system to get you clean, safe and tasty drinking water.
The most economical way to replace the XWFE water filter
First, you would need to install the bypass filter in the refrigerator, which would allow the refrigerator to dispense water normally. Then connect the Waterdrop UC system is basically an exterior filter that would be installed under your kitchen cabinet sink. The system connects the inlet water with the refrigerator water dispenser, which the water will be thoroughly filtered and delivered to you.
Please check the detailed filtration process as demonstrated in the video below.
There are several reasons why Waterdrop UC filtration system is an economical option. First of all, as an exterior filter, Waterdrop UC is compatible with most refrigerators on the market and would not damage your refrigerator.
Secondly, the system has an extended service life of 16,000 gallons or 24 months, which is about 6 times longer service life than normal refrigerator filters.
Finally, the filtration performance is much better. Unlike most refrigerator filters that use carbon as the main filtration material, the Waterdrop UC system adds additional filtration media to effectively reduce lead, chlorine, odor, sediment, fluoride, rust, arsenic, and other heavy metals.
Therefore, if you are looking for a budget-friendly alternative for GE XWFE filter, the Waterdrop UC undersink system would be a very ideal option. You can easily access to clean ice water and crystal ice cubes with a better taste than normal refrigerator filtered water.