If you’re using a KitchenAid refrigerator, then this article will teach you how to change the water filter on your KitchenAid refrigerator.
But what’s the fuss with water filters?
Well, a good number of people use refrigerators that are connected to waterlines. The waterlines supply water for the water dispenser and the ice maker
But because the water that these lines supply has contaminants that may be harmful in drinking water and ice, various refrigerator brands including KitchenAid make use of water filters to remove such contaminants in the water.
However, this water filter is not everlasting because it stops being effective after a few months.
How Do You Know When to Change the Water Filter in a KitchenAid Refrigerator?
The frequency required with water filter replacement depends on the type of water flowing into the refrigerator.
For instance, if you live in an area where hard water is supplied, then you need to change your water filter before 6 months.
But if soft water flows through the lines, then you may change it every 6 months. This is because soft water doesn’t contain most minerals found in hard water.
Nevertheless, your refrigerator tells you when to change the water filter. So, you should never ignore the water filter indicator. Because if you fail to change it, there would be a buildup of carbon, and microorganisms will grow in your filter clog the flow and may get into a cup of dispensed water or ice.
How to Change the Water Filter in a KitchenAid Refrigerator – Step by Step Procedure
- Locate and release the water filter
The water filter of your KitchenAid refrigerator is located at the base grille.
Immediately you find it, press the eject button. This would release the filter from the base grille. Then pull it out.
- Remove the old filter
To remove the old filter from your water filter cover, grab it and turn the cap counterclockwise. Don’t discard the cap of the old filter.
Instead, keep it aside. You’ll need it for the new filter.
- Attach the cap to the replacement filter
Look at the arrows on your cap and the new filter. Then, align the arrow on the new filter with the ridge on the cap. Then, turn the cap until it is fixed in place.
- Remove protective covering
On the O-rings of your replacement filter, there are protective covers.
Remove the protective covers but make sure the O-rings do not leave with the covers.
- Reattach the water filter
Lastly, return the water filter back to the base grille. When the filter is fully attached, the eject button will shoot out.
Now that you’ve installed the new water filter, you need to ensure that it is fit for use.
How do you do this?
Flush out air from the water filter by holding the water dispenser lever for 5 seconds.
Then, release it for another 5 seconds.
Repeat this process until water starts to flow through the water filter.
For two minutes, keep holding and releasing at five seconds intervals. Both the water dispenser and the filter will be rid of air.
You can also watch this video for a visual guide on how to change the water filter in your KitchenAid water filter:
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How to Change the Water Filter in a KitchenAid Refrigerator — Bottom Line
Changing the water filter on a KitchenAid refrigerator is a simple process.
Once you locate your water filter at the base grille, replace it in the same way you removed it.
Also, ensure you flush out the air from the water filter and dispenser as soon as the replacement is done.
Meanwhile, if you need to replace or install a water line, then you will like this post on waterline installation.