Bosch Refrigerator Filter [How to, Problems & Solutions]

The filter in any refrigerator is vital to how well it functions. Learn about a Bosch refrigerator filter, possible problems, and how to solve them in this article.

How to Change a Bosch Refrigerator Filter

Bosch refrigerators typically have two locations for water filters. Depending on the refrigerator model, the filter can be inside the refrigerator or in the base grille. If unsure of the exact location, get your refrigerator’s user manual and locate the filter for your model.

Before replacing the filter, ensure you determine the type you need based on the location of the filter. That way, you can make the correct order for a new filter. Always use filters recommended by the brand for its refrigerators for the best results. If unsure, contact the Bosch Center to request the correct filter replacement or use an authorized seller.

Changing the Filter Inside the Refrigerator

If the water filter is inside the unit, turn off the water supply to the refrigerator and open the door. Next, open the filter cover, usually at the top right corner of the appliance. Gently pull the filter down and turn it to the left or counterclockwise to release it from the housing. 

Lay the old filter aside and remove the packaging from the new filter. Next, align the notches at the head of the filter to the connection point inside the housing. Turn the filter to the right or clockwise to lock it into place. Keep turning it until the filter stops moving; then, you know it is firmly secure.

Note: These steps apply if you want directions to replace Bosch 9000194412 Ultra Clarity refrigerator water filter.

Changing the Filter in the Base Grill

But if the filter is in the base grill, locate the filter head and turn it counterclockwise or to the left to release it from the base grille. On some models, the bottom freezer drawer may be in the way. So, open the drawer and get it out of the way before you can access the filter.

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Pull the filter out and remove the cap. Next, discard the old one and get the replacement filter ready for installation. Ensure you completely remove the packaging before installing it. Now, put the filter cap on the new cartridge and carefully insert it into the filter space at the base grill. Turn it clockwise or to the right to lock the cartridge in place.

Important Notes

The refrigerator’s user manual typically has specific instructions for filter installation for that refrigerator model. Therefore, ensure you follow these instructions for proper installation. Otherwise, the filter may not work and restrict the water flow, causing the dispenser and ice maker to not function well.

Also, ensure you replace the water filter every six months or earlier, depending on the usage. While some filters can last longer than six months, it depends on how regularly you use the ice maker and water dispenser. 

If you are an irregular user, the filter may last longer, but you must replace it within one year. However, if you are a regular user, replace the filter within four to six months.

After replacing the filter, ensure you dispense about two gallons of water to flush the system of air and remove impurities in the water line. This is especially necessary if the filter has been used longer than the recommended six months.

Additionally, discard the ice produced by the ice maker within the first 24 hours after replacing the filter. The ice may not be clean enough for consumption. You can also take the opportunity to clean the ice storage bin to remove ice clumps and stubborn stains on it.

When to Replace the Water Filter in a Bosch Refrigerator/Freezer

Most Bosch refrigerators have filter indicators or status lights that inform you when you need to replace the filter. The indicator comes on when the filter nears expiration and may change from orange to red when it is critical to replace it. 

You can monitor that indicator on your model or check for a ‘replace filter’ message. Some models display this message to alert you if the indicator is not enough.

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However, some models may not have the indicator because of a lack of a control panel. If that is the case, it is up to you to note the installation date and count six months from then to know when you need to replace the filter. Alternatively, use a reminder on a device to remind you when it is time.

How to Remove the Filter Message on a Bosch Refrigerator

If your Bosch refrigerator displays a message to replace the water filter, you must change the filter and reset the filter indicator to remove the message. There are two methods you can use to reset the filter message, depending on the Bosch refrigerator model. 

This article on how to reset a Bosch refrigerator water filter alarm explains the methods based on models. The reset will turn off the alarm and remove the filter message.

Why Does My Bosch Refrigerator Water Filter Drip After Use?

There is a possibility that you incorrectly installed the filter. And while it may work, the water will drip after each use, whether it is the water dispenser or ice maker. This is particularly true if you recently replaced the filter. Remove the filter from the housing and reinstall it, this time ensuring you follow the specific installation instruction. 

Another possibility is that the filter is the wrong type or fit for the refrigerator. There are specific models for each refrigerator model, and using the wrong type may cause functional or dripping issues. Install the old filter or another type and see if the dripping continues. If the problem is resolved, you must replace the filter.

However, if the dripping continues, the problem may be with the filter head or housing. If there is a crack or damage in the filter housing, you will notice water dripping every time you use the dispenser or run the ice maker. And if that is the case, you must replace the filter housing or change the filter.

How to Bypass the Fridge Filter in a Bosch Fridge

To bypass the fridge filter in a Bosch fridge, you will need a bypass plug. Most refrigerator models come with an included bypass plug, so you do not buy a new one. However, if your fridge is not new, you will find different bypass plugs online or in nearby shops.

Follow the instructions on the label to install the plug. It should be installed the same way a filter is installed in most cases. Insert it into the filter housing, turning it a quarter or halfway to the right or clockwise.

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If your fridge’s filter housing does not work that way, another method is to push it into the housing. That means the water filter is typically a plug-in type, so the bypass plug should also be a plug-in type. Gently turn it from side to side until the plug correctly sits in the housing.

Yet another method is to push the bypass plug into the housing until there is an audible click. But this method only works for water filter cartridges or bypass plugs with a push tab release.

Once you correctly bypass the fridge water filter and the main water supply is on, you should hear a click or water rushing as the water system resumes operations.

You can run your Bosch refrigerator without the water filter installed if you use a bypass plug. Some models may come with an installed plug, so you may not need to install another one manually when the water filter is not there. What you will notice is that the refrigerator does not leak water even when the filter is not installed.

Bosch Refrigerator Filter Stuck – Solved

If you find that the water filter in your Bosch refrigerator is stuck, you must try to remove it following the correct order. The user manual usually has instructions for installing or uninstalling the filter for any model. However, if that is not readily available, follow the instructions in this article on how to unlock a Bosch refrigerator water filter to fix the problem.

Bosch Refrigerator Water Filter Housing Condensation Issues

The primary reason for condensation in a refrigerator is humidity or warm air. If the gasket leaks or you open the door too often, you let out the cold air and allow too much arm air into the refrigerator. That means the warm air condenses and may affect the water filter housing.

Keep the appliance as level as possible to ensure it functions well. Use a level to check the balance and if it is not right, adjust the leveling legs to make the necessary adjustments. Check the user manual for correct instructions to level the refrigerator.

Additionally, do not store hot food in the refrigerator because it contributes to condensation. Instead, leave hot food out until it cools to room temperature before putting it in the refrigerator. And do not overstock the appliance to allow for proper air circulation.

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