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How to Hack RWPFE Water Filters for Your GE Fridge

Tired of paying $54 every six months for a GE brand filter? Here’s how to get generic filters to work.

About six months ago, I got a brand new GE Cafe fridge from Lowes. It was the CFE28TSHSS model with French doors and a freezer drawer and a completely unnecessary touchscreen on the front. Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t really need my fridge to be smarter than me. I hardly ever use the touchscreen, except for the one time I uploaded some photos onto it from a USB drive. I came to the conclusion that the fridge’s smartness was of no benefit to me.

Then I got a funny email from GE. And I realized that the high tech nature of my fridge was never meant to benefit me.

Here’s the email:

Yep, that’s a little pushy there GE. And oddly menacing?

You have 8 days to buy one of our fine filters. It’d be a shame if there were an accident with your old filter. So, I’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse.

For real, it’s an offer you CAN’T refuse. The offer: buy one of their RWPFE filters for $50 every six months, or they shut off your water.

In situations like these, I planned to do what I did with my old fridge. That is, say to heck with these overpriced name brand filters and get a generic one for half the price.

But then I got to googling for a cheap knockoff, and I found something troubling.

You see, GE made a recent change to their water filters. GE fridges used to use RPWF filters. But my fridge requires RPWFE.

Um Jack…. What does the E stand for?

Great question reader. I’m glad you asked!

It’s EVIL. The E stands for evil.

RWPF vs. RPWFE GE Water Filters

The difference between RWPF and RPWFE is that the RPWFE has a freaking RFID chip on it. The fridge reads the RFID chip off your filter, and if your filter is either older than 6 months or not a genuine GE RPWFE filter, it’s all “I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t dispense any water for you right now.”

Now, to be fair, GE does give you a bypass cartridge that lets you get unfiltered water for free (you didn’t throw that thing away, did you?).

But come on.

There has to be a way to hack this thing. Right? Right.

You can hack your GE fridge to either let you keep using your old filter (not recommended, they get real glommed up after a while which defeats the entire purpose of a water filter) or use an off brand filter.

Not only can you hack your GE fridge, I think you should. And you should tell your friends. Because GE forcing you to buy a $54 filter is wrong.

How to Use Generic Filters in a GE Cafe Fridge

The secret lies in the RFID chip on your bypass filter. That’s the little white torpedo-looking thing that was installed in your fridge when you first got it. I really hope you didn’t throw it away. You can probably order another one from the Mob GE if you lost it.

The filter bypass and the RPWFE filter are very adamant that you orient the filter correctly. They are prominently labeled BACK and FRONT.

Why does it matter so much? Because the “back” is where the RFID chip is hiding.

Peekaboo!

Slip a flathead screwdriver under that sucker on your filter bypass, and it’ll come fluttering off like a rose petal.

Now, you can do three things here. If you can tolerate some trial and error, you can try taping the thing directly into your fridge where it would normally meet up when the filter is installed. You have to get in just the right spot, so the fridge picks it up. If you do that, you’re set for life.

Or, you can tape it onto the front of an expired RPWFE GE water filter, install it backward, and then keep using it (again, not recommended for too much longer than six months). This too may take some trial and error. Make sure you orient it correctly. There’s an up and a down to the RFID chip. Take a picture of it before you remove it from the bypass, so you don’t forget how it goes. There was a little clear bump on mine that helped.

This too may take some trial and error. Make sure you orient it correctly. There’s an up and a down to the RFID chip. Take a picture of it before you remove it from the bypass, so you don’t forget how it goes. There was a little clear bump on mine that helped.

 

Or, you can tape it to the corresponding spot on a generic filter and reinstall it.

When you do this successfully, your fridge will detect that the bypass is installed and will tell you that you are drinking unfiltered water.

If you get the RFID chip taped to the wrong spot, or you try it without an RFID chip, it’ll say that there’s a possible “leak detected” because the filter may be installed incorrectly. Yeah, I get it, GE. You’re doing it for our own good and totally not holding our water ransom for $54.

Where to Buy Generic GE Fridge Filters

So, you’ve got your GE fridge successfully hacked? Good. Now, go give your money to someone other than GE. You can get RWPF compatible filters off of Amazon for $15 each.

Nope, scratch that, I found some for even less. These Waterdrop WD-RPWF filters were $24 for 2 when I bought them.

I’m so mad.

Conclusion and Disclaimer

Look, I was just kidding about all this. I don’t think you should try to defeat proprietary technology that GE installed to keep us safe and leak free and our water tasting clean and fresh. And GE has every right to charge whatever they want for a part that they make. I really don’t think you should alter your filters or try to trick your fridge. That may void the warranty and lead to subpar water. Even if it saves you tons of money. Tons of money.

Really.


70 Comments

70 Comments

  1. Kixfan  

    I laughed way too hard at this story! LMAO!!

  2. shaz  

    I just HAD to read this, even though I don’t have this fridge. It makes me want to NEVER buy one or anything remotely like it! I’ll stick the good old fashioned non-smart appliances. _I_ tell you what to do, fridge, ya hear? LOL

  3. Dan Winfield  

    I installed the filter as suggested & the water flow is fine; however, that little red warning pops up saying: “expired 15 days ago” … is this ok or did I do something incorrectly? Thanks!

  4. Dan Winfield  

    Hi … I installed the non-GE filters & all seems to be working fine. However, the little red lettering stays saying that my filter is expired for so many days is still there. Is this normal or did I do something wrong? Thanks!

    • Did you take the chip off your old filter or from a bypass? Shouldn’t really matter if the expired notice is still there but you swapped a new filter. You’ll just have to set up some other reminder to change it when it goes bad.

      • Dan Winfield  

        Hi Jack … I don’t have a problem with the “expired notice” but I want to make sure that I am getting filtered water. If water is still coming through does this mean that my filter is working? Thanks!

  5. Ken  

    I have had the expired warning for a while (at least 99 days for sure). Water keeps coming out so I didn’t care. What I am trying to figure out online is whether I can buy the RPWF filters and take the chip off my expired RPWFE? Or is that chip permanently expired now? I have no idea where the bypass filter is from when they came to install.

    • The chip is permanently expired. I’m not sure exactly how it works. The fridge must remember certain chips.

      • Eric D.  

        I wonder if we reset the fridge if it will forget the RFID chip. Unless it takes special software on a laptop to do that (if the memory is non-volatile).

    • Mike Tirpak  

      I used the chip from the “PLUG” (it does not expire) that I had to call GE to get since they did not leave one with my frig. They told me that my model doesn’t come with one and the coat is $35.00 for one. I said Bull Shit! Your instruction book shows it and I Want one. They sent me one free! I took the chip from it and just scotch taped it to the frig itself where the frig would read it. Then put in the $10 filter from amazon or ebay has them too. Works great! no problems. Just put the date on a piece of masking tape and taped to filter cover and that’s my reminder to change or just change when the flow starts to slow down.

  6. Tammy  

    Genius! Thank you for saving me big bucks!

  7. Mike  

    Thanks, this is a great guide. My GE fridge does not have a water filter, but I discovered that there are filters you can easily splice right into the plastic hose supplying the water to the fridge. AFAIK they are even cheaper! All you would have to do is put in the bypass and you would be good to go.

  8. Shawn  

    Very useful Jack, thanks. I also bought a GE Cafe six months ago, and I’m only now discovering the scam that is GE’s water filter replacement policy. I had considered using the RFID chip from the bypass plug as a permanent workaround when I found your post. My only hesitation is this: how do you know for sure that the water is actually passing through the cheaper filter with the bypass plug RFID? Since the water doesn’t move through the plug, is it possible that the fridge would also “bypass” a cheaper filter that it identifies as the plug? I suppose you could be sure the cheap filter is being used if the first few pints of water have dark charcoal particulate floating around in them, but I thought I’d ask before trying the hack myself.

    Thanks again!

    • Jlynn  

      Great question! I wish someone would answer this….It’s got me really curious.

    • I think the water line just works by pressure. If there’s nowhere for the water to go (Bypass), it just moves on. If there’s a filter there, it goes in. If a “leak is detected” (non-proprietary filter), then the water function shuts down.

      I’m changing my filter this weekend. I’ll see if there’s water inside of the one i’ve had in the for a month.

      • Jessa Shuckhart  

        Thanks!

      • Ok I changed my filter just now.

        1. I weighed the generic filter that was previously installed in the fridge and it was twice as heavy, indicating that it was filled with water.
        2. I moved the bypass chip over to my new filter and it worked just fine.
        3. When I first started flushing the filter, a HUGE burst of water blasted out of the line, getting water everywhere. According to the literature that comes with the filter, some “sputtering” is normal for the first 24 to 36 hours. Understatement of the year. I flushed about 2 gallons of water through and resumed normal water usage.
        4. I set a reminder for myself to do this again in 6 months. So far so good!

  9. Louis  

    I have an improvement to this idea:

    Step 1: Purchase generic RPWF filters
    Step 2: Take the RFID off of my used filter and exchange it with someone else who also has a used filter
    Step 3: Place the RFID from someone else’s used filter on my generic RPWF filter and install
    Step 4: Repeat the process 6 months later with another RFID from a different used filter

    If I can stick your RFID on my generic filter, my fridge would not reject it since it would not recognize that RFID as being used and vice versa. Let me know if anyone is interested in making an exchange.

    • Sounds like a good idea for a Website – “Shipmeyourfilter.com” ;)

      • dm3  

        replacing filters in refrigerators … first world problems

    • Mike  

      Just use the chip from the by pass plug. It never expires and you tape it directly to the frig permanently over the spot that would have lined up with the chip on the filter had you not removed it. Put the “plug” or and old filter in and close the filter door enough that you can see where the chip would touch the frig and mark the area with a magic marker. Stick it on the frig there with tape. If it doesn’t work move it a smidgen until it does. I hit mine the first try. This way you never have to mess with the chip again.

  10. HaZ  

    This is the type-A, full color LCD screen (guess you can upload photo and work as digital frame?). When you use bypass (or just the RFID tag), you cannot hide GE’s insult of “not filtering” on screen. Just like you cannot put a tape on your TV screen.

    If you have type-B panel (cheaper, fixed digits LCD), then you are in luck: you can remove the LCD panel and cover the “not filtering” line with black tape, thus fully get rid of GE’s insult while saving money.

    It’s ok i get insult from an appliance everyday. But GE’s “revenue enhancement” experts wanted to insult my house guests as well, which is totally evil. If you must buy GE, don’t want to pay ransom, and keep your dignity, get a type-B.

  11. Lizz  

    Just tried this and I found a trick…I peeled back red “back” label on bypass filter. After removing chip, I put scotch tape in back. I lined up the chip where it would have iriginally gone and used the “back” label to lightly keep it in place. I then put the bypass back in and shut it. The scotch tape stuck to the fridge with the chip inside and it was perfectly placed! I almost wasted way too much money since I accidentally bought wrong filters.

  12. Sarah Senecal  

    Um… you’re awesome. Entertaining and informative. Kudos

  13. PopcornSally  

    I have the cheaper model GE refrigerator without the LED panel but it still wants a RPWFE filter to make ice. My fridge did not come with the “blank” for bypassing, however, I found a blurb in the manual that says you can order a free one from GE by calling 800-GECARES. I’m going to do that so I can get the RFID chip and use generic filters. Thanks for the article–hope my info can help someone else stick it to the man.

    • Eugene  

      Great advice. My fridge didn’t come with a blank. I called the number, talked to parts, and they are sending me one.

      Thank you!

    • Never GE  

      GECARES is another joke. I called, after wasting ten minutes with them collecting marketing info, they proceed to tell me my year old refrig is out of warranty and they won’t send the part. I pointed out the website states they will send a FREE bypass if didn’t get or was misplaced. Their safety is offer a 6 month warranty, so when the filter expires and you try and get the FREE bypass, you are out of warranty. (I don’t know if the warranty is 6 month or a year, the point is the GE website says call to get a FREE bypass, not a FREE in warranty bypass) I will join the crowd of never buying another GE appliance and will make it a point to tell everyone with whom I get the opportunity to share.

  14. Bob  

    I bet if you use two chips alternating them with generic filters, the fridge will work fine. What are the chances there is a memory, or that GE keeps coming up with unique codes? What if you actually bought OE filters from GE and just happen to stumble upon one with a code you already used?

  15. Jim McMill  

    This is the scam that was originated by Samsung (and then with Hewlett Packard) to required “chipped” toner and ink cartridges for their printers.

    I believed this got some action from consumer-oriented state Attorneys General, and firmware was installed in these printers to allow the use of aftermarket cartridges.

    GE should expect the same kind of action. This is a straight-up scam.

    • Steve  

      Many years ago I purchased nothing but HP printers until they made pulled this same exact thing with their printer cartridges. I have never bought another HP product and will never. I have told everyone I know about the HP scam. After learning of this, I will never buy another GE product again and I will warn everyone I know not to buy GE until they change this crooked policy. I am also angry that the sales person did not disclose this upfront or I would never have considered GE.

  16. Mo  

    If we ever meet, I owe you a beer or two.

    My fridge now just says “Not filtering water” in little letters when it’s dispensing.

    Bypass filter was $26 and change delivered. I’m money ahead on the first filter change.

  17. Enzo Chiapet  

    Couldn’t have written this article any better myself.

    Like an idiot, I tossed the bypass plug that came with my new GE refrigerator (model GFE26GMKGES) and now that my filter warning light has expired and learning a GE RPFWE is around $50 a pop, I too said no F’n way.

    Funny, couldn’t find the bypass plug (GE part AP5986463) on their website but AppliancePartsPros had it for $23 and it’s on its way to my home to start the hack. Concurrently, ordered the Waterdrop Plus RPWF (Not RPWFE) 2 Pack on Amazon for $36. These filters should easily go 6-months, and at $18/each this hack is well worth it!

    GE should spend more engineering time into making sure their ice dipenser actually dispenses ice (mine doesn’t because the ice is always stuck together in the 6-cube chucks)… rather than being creative in the nickle-n-dime servicing costs via these damn RFID filters.

    • toba  

      yes. my ice sticks in there too and it makes me crazy! I’m all about the hack and have been sporting the “99 days past the due date” light but since I keep getting water and ice, I’m ok with it!

  18. lynell  

    https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/GettingStarted?NextQID=251&Url=%23%26panel1-9#crnt

    We’ve had our chip filtered fridge five months and it’s got 4 days for replacement message…ick! I went to Federal Trade Commission and sent a complaint (takes less than 2 minutes). They pay attention to an issue when many people complain, so I’m asking all of you to do the same and ask your friends/family to also complain. This is wrong!

    We bought a house with builder (choice), not ours. I would NEVER buy a GE product after all the bad experiences I’ve encountered in my life. We weren’t given an option. Had to have an immediate repair upon moving in – fridge had loose wires hanging out the water dispenser! Also have had a repair service appt. on microwave that was hotter than snot!

    • Jon  

      Count me as one who has filed a complaint with the FTC.

    • Walt  

      Sorry to read that you had no choice when you bought a house. I was given no choice, I would have quickly walked (ran) away.

      I had to have a warranty repair on my then-new GE Profile refrigerator. GECARES was very understanding, even sent me a $100 check for my trouble.

    • Sue  

      Fyi, I ordered a bypass from GE and received it no problem. HOWEVER, they are now glueing the chip in so hard it is not coming out without damaging it. Fortunately, I finally remembered where I put the one that came with the fridge and was able to pop that chip out easily.

  19. Philip  

    Just followed this hack and it worked like a charm. One thing different was I unscrewed the little plastic bracket that holds the RFID chip and then I lined up my bypass RFID exactly on the outside of the bracket. The bracket holds all the electronic circuit board. Worked like a charm. Although the fridge now says Unfiltered Water, we replace our non-RFID filters every 6 months so we know our water is clean and filtered. Thanks Jack for a very well written article.

  20. annonymous  

    Serious, you da man! I would do this hack myself, but that would be wrong ;) BTW, be careful not to damage the RFID chip from the bypass plug, they are fragile.

  21. P. Meebers  

    Same problem with my GE. I believe that the smart part of the refrigerator remembers the last 2 or maybe 3 unique RFID chip numbers. So with that in mind, I am saving the chips from expired ones and will be able to use them again in 1.5 years with a rotation. This should allow the RPWF filter to be used every 6 months with a rotation RFID from past filters. ??

    P.S. Thanks for showing the location of the RFID chip, I have a “chip” of some kind glued on my filters that now I realize that is for theft purposes??

  22. Alesha  

    This is phenomenal. I did what you said and it worked! Everything you said was true. What’s hilarious is that I pulled the chip off of the old GE filter that had expired and – just for fun – put the chip-less filter in the fridge. Sure enough, it said “leak detected” after the chip was removed. Couldn’t believe it lol! Thanks for the help – was so so angry lol. Thank you so much for this!!

    • Thnx for the comment. Glad it was helpful for you. Welcome to gP Alesha.

      -S

  23. Aric Stegen  

    I took it one further. I removed the rfid board from the fridge (1 screw) and taped the bypass rfid tag right to the board. Now the fridge reads bypass and I don’t have to worry about the tag falling off the plastic cover. Unnecessary I know but I was also hoping for a reset on the board too.

  24. Mike  

    I followed your instructions and got the chip from the plug taped exactly on the inside of the frig and then put the plug in just to make sure my “permanent” chip worked and bingo< like a charm.

    Problem is that I bought Ice Pure brand replacements for the RPWF and they don't fit!! Anyone else have this problem? Got them from Amazon. Now wondering if another brand will fit? Hate to even buy the GE RPPWF. The "ears" on the original RPWFE are different than the plug that I have But the plug works fine. The Ice Pure filters have what looks like the same ears as the plug but won't go into the holder. Any suggestions anyone?

    • MIKE  

      I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM BUT AFTER MESSING WITH IT FOR A WHOLE I FOUND THAT THEY ACTUALLY DO FIT. TRY AGAIN!

  25. Jonathan  

    I think there is a typo in your article, you mentioned model RWPF but if I follow correctly it should read RPWF ?

  26. niqoli  

    Hi,

    When I got this message about expiration I panicked! However, here are a couple of things I found out by using your process.
    -If you don’t have a bypass, call GE and they’ll send one out for free.
    -When the countdown gets to zero you can still use it the old filter, it’ll just state past overdue days.
    -I did taped the bypass chip to the wall so it’s permanent! It states “Not filtering” but nothing stands out (no red words) Note: I have a regular LCD not full LCD.
    -You’ll know it works because when I flushed the first few gallons there was sputtering, a huge blast and more sputtering, and the water was grey from the carbon it was flushing out (all filters including Pure-One and Brita need to flush this out) so I know now it’s working.
    -I am using the cheapest (Water drop brand 2 pack) from amazon.
    -I noticed that the original GE filter listed 170 gallons, and the waterdrop is 300 gallons. I’m not sure if the aftermarket GE filters would be more than 170. This should mean the waterdrop should last to almost twice as long!

  27. Jennifer  

    My GE fridge uses the RPFWE filters but the bypass does not have a chip. Anybody know if the RPFW filters will work?

    • Joe  

      Yes they will work.

  28. Charles Chandler II  

    This did not work on my 2015 3yr old cafe refridge- CYE22TSHDSS. Installed the plug RFID chip to sensor panel so display says “unfiltered water” but does not dispense any water. Has GE gotten wind of this hack & changed things so you have to use their very expensive filters?

  29. P. Meebers  

    My display finally showed “Expired” on it Yesterday. I had pre-ordered some RPFW filters waiting for that message. Took great care on removing the chip from the bypass. On the cover of the “sensor” there was a label that had something to do with RFID compliance. I gently peeled the label half way and placed the RFID chip there and used the label to keep it in place. The fridge recognized it, put in one of the new filters, let the system clear out air and other debris and so far so good. These new filters come with a “Month” label so that you can stick it on the cover to remind you when to change the filter next time. :-)

  30. Kevin Sullivan  

    Thanks for your work on this. I guess I’m paranoid about one aspect of this. The GE filters are rip-off priced but at least you know what you are getting. The knock offs from China concern me. I’m just imagining that they are made of lead, metal shavings and arsenic. Since they are not food or medicine or a child’s toy, I’m guessing there is zero over-site on the manufacturing process. Are there any name brand knock-offs?

  31. Mark  

    My sentiments exactly. I just bought a new refrigerator, with my new home, and find GE’s “design” to be Evil as well. I will be taking your filter advice. Chive on my good man.

  32. Walt  

    I have a GE Profile, 3-door French refrigerator, without the fancy LCD display, and the water dispenser INSIDE the refrigerator.

    I don’t use the water dispenser very often. So, when my refrigerator complained that my very slightly used water filter was 6 months old needed to be replaced, I simply pressed the “Filter Reset” button. My refrigerator didn’t complain again for another 6 months. And at that point, I simply pressed the “Filter Reset” button once again.

    So, I am going to guess that while it reads the RFID chip, it doesn’t store (remember) its unique serial number. It just requires there be an RFID chip to ensure the filter is a genuine (ie over priced) GE branded filter.

    When it finally comes time to replace the filter (mean like after I actually used it more than a dozen times), I wonder if I can replace the filter with a non-GE generic one, and simply re-use the old, original, GE filter’s RFID chip?

  33. Alan Pashley  

    My home came with the fridge installed. I followed the guidance above, and I now have filtered water and a display saying “unfiltered water” or similar. Do I care? Not a bit. Instead of paying $50+ for one filter, I got 2 for $15, with a label saying which month it was installed. So I know I have to change to a new one in March and September. Jack Busch, you’re a hero!

  34. Deleted  

    ***EDITOR UPDATE***

    Comment deleted due to unethical behavior from the commenter.

    • Walt  

      You’re mad at GE, not Amazon. I don’t think it is right you order something from Amazon, with the clear intent to steal a piece of it, and return the rest for full credit.

      I hate to be your next victim. The guy who buys a bypass from Amazon only to find it doesn’t work because the chip is missing.

  35. Marsha Stone  

    Bad news: Just got a free bypass from GE (my frig did not come with one)and tried your hack. It appears that GE may be on to this technique and the RFID chip was glued HARD into the bypass. Tried to dislodge it VERY carefully with small thin screw driver and it damaged the chip edge. I didn’t continue to work it loose, but just put the tape back on and tried the bypass to see if the damage disabled the chip. It did! What a bummer!! I’ve ordered another bypass from Amazon. When it comes, I’ll use that so my ice maker and water dispenser work in the interim. Then I’ll try to get the old chip out of the expired filter and see if I can get the RPFW generic that I have to work, even it it gives me a “99 days past expiration” message. Maybe the chips on the actual filter aren’t glued on so tight!

    • Sue  

      I considered using a dremel on the plastic around the chip to avoid damaging the chip itself if I ended up having to order another. Fortunately I found my original bypass and that chip popped out easily.

  36. DT  

    I inadvertently bought the non “E” filters (from Amazon). Went to install, noticed the missing “front”. I checked the label on the GE filter and sure enough it had an “E” on the end. The refrigerator is a little over 6 years old. When I located the bypass plug the builder left, it did not have a chip on it, nor any wording about “front”. I put the bypass plug in and the “Water Filter: Replace” appeared. Put the old filter back in and the warning stayed. Put the new non “E” water filter in. It sputtered but water came out. I went to the on screen menu, selected water filter reset, and the replace warning disappeared. I checked on line and supposedly my model does require the “E” filter (or so GE states).

    Note: the GE filter had been in over six months, but there was no warning other than internal timer that we had previously reset. I suppose I didn’t need the “E” filter I previously bought and installed. I’ve always written the install date (via marker) on the filters to verify the age.

    Thanks for all the info. Now I know I don’t need a “chipped” filter, or to hack a work around. And to watch what I order!

  37. meebers  

    Some GE units have a bypass option in the menu, while others do not. I do not have that option. I removed the chip from the bypass and glued it to the inside of the door covering circuit board.

  38. Louis  

    Ok, so I’m ready to try swapping chips with someone. I have a few chips from filters that were previously used in my fridge. I want to find someone else that has an expired filter that is willing to exchange their chip with me. If successful, I expect that a regular RPWF filter or equivalent could be used by simply taping the old chip from someone else’s expired filter and my fridge would think it’s a new RPWFE filter.

    The reason why I want to do it this way is that the internal timer for replacement will continue to work and the fridge will issue no bypass filter installed messages. Both of us would be able to use the chips with any generic RPWF filter saving both of us money for no more than the cost of a postage stamp and envelope. Anyone want to exchange information and chips with me for this test?

    • PhixItPhil  

      Be sure to mechanically protect the RFID chip when mailing. They are fragile as others have pointed out.

    • Rhonda Ellison  

      Where are you located? I have one ready to ship

      • Louis  

        Northern California. I’m thinking the I can place the chip in a memory card plastic case to protect it while shipping but how do I get you my address without making it public on this site?

  39. Jesse  

    Please Help! I cannot seem to remove the RFID chip from the bypass filter without tearing or damaging it. I have tried and failed 3 times. Are there any tips or tricks? What technique works best? I don’t want to have to buy the GE filter- especially after I have already botched this many bypasses at $20 a piece.

  40. George  

    Thank you so much Jack! I have hacked my fridge. My last filter ordered only last 3 months then it is telling me the filter expired!!! Now I don’t worry about my filter and control the replacement by myself. We don’t need GM control our fridge and steal our money!

  41. Josh  

    Oh no, GE just DRM’d me! (Just like juicero, Keurig, inkjet printers, iPhone batteries…)

    Anyway, thanks Jack! This works fine for me, with a piece of electrical tape now covering the “Not” part of “Not filtering” on the display. So now it says it’s “filtering” :-) I’ve also filed a formal complaint with the FTC with the electronic form above. The FTC responded some days later with generic tips courtesy of Captain Obvious about how to avoid scams. Hopefully if enough of us complain to the FTC they will take GE to task.

  42. ldmoss  

    I bought a ge refrigerator that uses the rpwfe $50.00 filter. As it’s known around our house as the $50.00 swindle stick. The replacement suggestion is based on time, not usage. If you only filter a gallon of cold water every 6 months you still have a message to replace the filter, just like the guy who filters a thousand gallons in 6 months. I have a filter block with a chip that doesn’t expire. I think I’ll start using it and install a first rate filter that handles all my kitchen cold water needs, and uses a reasonably priced filter without a chip.

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