How to Remove a KitchenAid Refrigerator… [Detailed Guide]

A refrigerator typically has several removable parts. This article guides you if you are looking for how to remove a KitchenAid refrigerator filter, ice maker, or other parts.

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How to Remove the Ice Maker from a KitchenAid French-door Refrigerator

You must begin the procedure of removing the ice maker in your KitchenAid French-door refrigerator by disconnecting it from electric power. Ensure you take this first step before dismantling the machine. Otherwise, you put yourself in danger of electrocution or, possibly, damage to the ice maker.

It may be necessary to remove food items that may defrost and spoil and store them in another refrigerator or ice-packed cooler. However, this step does not apply if you will not spend too long removing the machine.

Next, remove the ice storage bucket. It usually fits under the machine, so you can easily pull it out. Grab the handle with one hand, and with the other hand, grab the bottom. Lift it slightly and pull it out from under the ice maker. You may also consult the user manual for other instructions for removing the ice maker.

Now, check the refrigerator wall to which the ice maker mounts; you will find two screws holding the mounting brackets to the wall. Get a screwdriver and unthread the screws to loosen them. Do not completely remove them because you must remove the screws under the machine before pulling the top screws out. You may also have to remove the mounting screws on the ice maker module attached to the refrigerator door.

Once done, gently lift the ice maker down from the wall and turn it upside down. A ground wire and other wires are connected to the ice maker, and you must remove them before taking the machine out. Release the tab on the wire harness to separate the ice maker wires from the refrigerator wires. Next, use a screwdriver to release the ground wire and separate it from the ice maker. After that, you can completely remove the machine from the refrigerator.

Note: These steps also work for KitchenAid refrigerators with in-door ice makers and other french-door refrigerator brands and models.

How to Remove the Water Filter from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

A KitchenAid refrigerator has different models, and each model uses a different type of water filter. The refrigerator brand typically uses Everydrop or KitchenAid water filter brands, and there are a few types under this brand. Contact the KitchenAid Center to request a replacement water filter or use any authorized parts seller.

If your refrigerator uses Everydrop or KitchenAid water filter 1, locate the filter housing inside the appliance and open the door. Once open, all you have to do is to pull the filter straight out of the housing and discard it.

For a refrigerator model that uses Everydrop or KitchenAid water filter 2, locate the filter housing and open the door. Next, gently tug the water filter cartridge so that it drops down. Then, turn the cartridge to the left and gently pull it out of the housing to discard it.

If the appliance uses Everydrop or KitchenAid water filter 3, you will find an eject button that controls how you remove the filter. Turn the black filter cap clockwise or to the right and remove it. Do not throw the cap away; you will need it for the new water filter cartridge. You can now remove the old filter and throw it out.

For a refrigerator model that uses Everydrop or KitchenAid water filter 4, you will find the filter cover on the top right-hand corner of the appliance’s interior. The water filter tab can be positioned in two ways: it may face outward or be on the filter cover’s bottom. Pull the small lever forward and downward to release the filter cover if it is on the bottom. But if the tab faces outward, push it and pull the cover down. Then, turn the filter cartridge counterclockwise or to the left and pull it out to discard it.

Can’t Remove Water Filter from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

Following the water filter removal instructions for your specific model is crucial. Incorrectly removing the filter may cause it to get stuck and may eventually damage the filter housing. Therefore, consult the user manual for these instructions or check the filter label before disposing of the packaging.

However, if the filter is already stuck and is located inside the refrigerator, take the following steps to remove it safely:

Push Button/Pull Tab Filter

Check the filter housing door for a push button or pull tab filter to ensure it is fully open. Sometimes, you may not fully open the door, making it difficult to pull out the filter cartridge. Try removing one shelf or rearranging the shelves and refrigerator contents to make more room for the filter housing door. Then, turn the filter to the left or counterclockwise and pull it out of the unit.

Filter that Pops Out

For a filter that pops out when you open the filter housing door, close and reopen the door, ensuring it fully opens this time. The filter may be stuck because the door does not fully engage when you open it. If that does not work, turn off the water supply to the refrigerator and dispense the leftover water in the water line through the water dispenser. 

Water pressure may have trapped the filter, and dispensing the water releases the air causing the pressure. Afterward, remove the filter; it should be easy to remove at this point.

If the filter is stuck in the base grill, take the following steps to release and remove it:

Push Button Filter

Press the eject button and hold it for a few seconds to see if the filter releases from the housing. If it does not, manually push it in and try the button again. Do not forcefully try to remove it, as it may damage the filter cap or filter housing. If the problem persists, disconnect the refrigerator from the electric power and remove the bottom grill; it improves accessing the filter. 

Next, press the eject button again, this time doing it firmly without using excessive force. If the filter moves, push it back into the housing and press the button again. It should ease the removal process so it does not get stuck again in the future.

Quarter-turn Filter

If the filter is the type you need to give a quarter turn before removal and is stuck, you may need a pair of pliers to remove it. Wrap the filter cap in a small cloth to protect it from the pliers. Next, lock the pliers onto the cap and turn it a quarter to the right. Use gentle force because the pliers may break the filter cap or damage the refrigerator’s filter housing and water system.

However, if the filter remains stuck, turn off the refrigerator and pull out the bottom grill. You can better access the filter for a better grasp with the grill out of the way. Gently turn the cartridge with the pliers until it releases from the housing, and you can pull it out.

Consult the user manual or contact the KitchenAid Service Center for further instructions or professional assistance if you do not find steps to remove the filter in your specific model.

KitchenAid Refrigerator Water Dispenser Drip Tray Removal

You will find instructions on solving this problem in this article on removing the dispenser drip tray from a KitchenAid refrigerator door. You must note that the tray is an insert, and you carefully pull it up and out from under the dispenser nozzle. Do not forcefully pull it out; gently pry it loose if the tray appears stuck before removing it. Alternatively, find someone with the expertise to remove the tray.

How to Remove the Drawers from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

If your KitchenAid refrigerator has a deli drawer and you want to remove it, simply slide it out until it stops moving. Then, slightly lift the front part and slide it the rest of the way out. Slide it out for a crisper or convertible vegetable/meat drawer until it stops moving. Place one hand under the drawer while drawing it out with the other hand to remove it completely. Note that these drawers do not apply to every model. The user manual usually has instructions for removing and replacing the drawers.

However, if you want to remove the freezer or refrigerator drawer, it means you must remove the drawer’s front. Fully open the drawer and loosen the top screws securing the glides to the front of the drawer. Do not completely remove the screws because you need them to keep the front in place while you remove the bottom screws. Now, remove the bottom screws and lift the front up and off the screws at the top.

Here is a video showing how to remove and replace the pantry drawer on your KitchenAid Cameo refrigerator…

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KitchenAid Refrigerator Light Bulb Cover Removal

Your KitchenAid refrigerator model determines how to remove the light bulb cover. However, this article on KitchenAid refrigerator light bulb cover removal has helpful resources to help you take out the light cover according to your model.

How to Remove the Bottom Grille from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

Some KitchenAid refrigerator models have base grills that easily pull out from the appliance. All you have to do to remove them is to grab both ends and pull them out toward you. It may require applying some force to get the base grill out from the bottom of the refrigerator.

However, other models may have screws securing the grill to the unit. To remove the grill, you will need a screwdriver. Unthread the screws on the grill to release and remove it. Checking the user manual helps you determine how to remove the grill correctly. If the manual is no longer available, contact KitchenAid or look for an online manual for assistance.

KitchenAid Refrigerator Door Removal – Guiding Steps

You must begin by turning off the refrigerator by unplugging it from the wall outlet or powering down the circuit breaker. There are different steps to remove the door of a side-by-side or French-door refrigerator if it has an ice or water dispenser. The same applies if it is a double-door refrigerator. This article on removing a KitchenAid side-by-side refrigerator door explains the steps to remove the door for all these refrigerator models, especially if you want to remove the freezer door.

If you want to remove the door on a KitchenAid top-mount refrigerator, ensure you turn it off before starting. Unplug it from the power outlet or turn off the circuit breaker. Next, get a hex-head socket wrench and remove the three 5/16 hex-head screws on the top hinge. Lift the hinge off the top of the door and lift the door up and off the middle hinge. Set the door aside in a safe place.

Now, remove the washer from the top of the middle hinge pin and also set it aside in a safe place. Next, use a hex-head socket wrench and an open-ended wrench to loosen and remove the middle hinge screws. This releases the bottom door from the middle hinge, so you can lift it up and off the bottom hinge pin and set it aside.

You may also want to remove the bottom hinge at this point if you want to reverse the door swing. Simply loosen and remove the screws on the hinge and move the hinge to the opposite side of the refrigerator cabinet. Otherwise, fix a new refrigerator door on the bottom hinge, replace the washer on the middle hinge, and fix a new freezer door on it. Then, replace the top hinge, secure it with the screws, and turn on the refrigerator.

How to Remove the Ice Bucket from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

Removing the ice bucket from under the ice maker in a KitchenAid refrigerator is straightforward. All you have to do is grab the handle and put one hand under the bin. Lift it by the handle and gently pull it out with the other hand. The same applies if the ice maker is an in-door type. 

The only difference is that you must open the ice compartment door in the left refrigerator door and pull down the door handle before accessing the ice bucket. Most ice buckets are removable and are not secured by any screws. However, you must correctly insert it into the refrigerator when replacing it if the ice maker must function well.

How to Remove KitchenAid Refrigerator Shelves

Your refrigerator’s user manual contains clear instructions on removing the shelves in your KitchenAid refrigerator model. But if the manual is no longer available, follow the instructions in this article on how to remove KitchenAid refrigerator shelves to fix the issue.

How to Remove the Base Grill from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

Some KitchenAid refrigerator models have base grills you can pull straight out. All you have to do is grab both ends and firmly pull the grill out toward you. Do not twist and turn it because it may crack or break. Screws secure the base grill on other KitchenAid refrigerator models. So, you must use a screwdriver to loosen and remove these screws before removing the grill.

How to Remove the Bottom Freezer Drawer on a KitchenAid Refrigerator

Disconnect the refrigerator from electric power and open the freezer drawer. Use a flat-head screwdriver to pry the tab on the left slide rail tab away from the liner. Do this gently until you release the drawer stop. Do the same for the stop on the right side. Lift the inner up and out of the freezer.

Next, use a ¼-inch nut driver to loosen the screws that secure the front of the drawer to the rest of the appliance. Once loose, you can lift the drawer front up and off the glides and set it aside in a safe place. Lift the lower inner drawer up and slightly squeeze the sides in to remove it from the drawer glides.

If you need to access ice behind the freezer drawer, you have enough space to remove the back panel and inspect the evaporator coils. However, you must move carefully while removing the back panel, so you do not damage the drawer glides or any other freezer part.

Does the ‘Do Not Remove’ Styrofoam in a KitchenAid Refrigerator Get Removed?

The ‘Do Not Remove’ styrofoam in the air filter compartment should remain there, and you must not remove it. The styrofoam helps air circulation and direction to keep the fresh food compartment without an odor. Removing the styrofoam interrupts the airflow and may affect how well the air filter functions. Note that this does not apply to every KitchenAid refrigerator model.

How to Remove the Inside Panel of a KitchenAid Refrigerator

To remove the inside panel of a KitchenAid refrigerator, also called the evaporator cover, you must disconnect the refrigerator from electric power. Unplug it from the wall outlet or turn off the circuit breaker. Remove perishable food items and store them in another refrigerator or an ice-packed cooler. Clear the shelves of every other item and remove the shelves, bins, and racks.

Next, use a screwdriver or nut driver to loosen the screws securing the panel in place inside the refrigerator. Once loose, carefully remove and store the screws in a safe place to avoid losing them. Then, you can gently lower the panel to expose the evaporator coils and fan. Note that the evaporator fan attaches to the panel on some refrigerator models, so you must disconnect the wire harness from the fan before removing the panel.

How to Remove the Emitter/Receiver Board from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

Disconnect the refrigerator from electric power and locate the ice maker control inside the appliance. It is usually labeled ice maker control with an on/off switch you can move from side to side. Three screws secure the controls cover; use a Phillips screwdriver to remove them and set them aside.

Next, pull out the wire harness on the other side of the cover and remove the two screws to release the control board from its housing. Turn it so that the board faces outward and reinstall it into the housing. Now, remove the Phillips screws on the left side and disconnect the wire harness on top of the housing. Two screws secure the board to the housing, so remove them to release the receiver control board.

How to Remove the Water Dispenser from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

Ensure you disconnect the refrigerator from electric power before removing the dispenser. Turn off the circuit breaker if you cannot reach the wall outlet, or unplug the refrigerator’s power cord from the power outlet. Next, lift the drip tray up and out from under the dispenser nozzle. You may need to apply gentle force to pry the tray loose if it appears stuck.

Removing the Front Cover

Depending on the refrigerator type and model, the dispenser may be on a stainless steel trimless door or a door with a panel. There are two methods to remove the dispenser based on these door types. You can use a putty knife to pry the cover or front panel up and out, but you must protect the refrigerator finish while doing this to prevent damage to it. Therefore, apply some painter’s tape around the cover where the knife comes in contact with the refrigerator to keep it from scratching the surface.

Afterward, get a small putty knife and insert it into the bottom part of the front panel. Gently move it to pry the cover loose so you can manually remove the top part. Carefully lower it and disconnect the attached wire harness before completely removing the cover.

Another method for removing the dispenser on a stainless steel trimless door is to set a small wood block along the front cover’s bottom. Next, get a rubber mallet and use it to hit the wood block while you manually pull its bottom out. That way, the bottom of the dispenser’s front cover releases from the tab so that you separate it from the dispenser housing. Do the same for the other sides of the front cover.

For a refrigerator with a paneled door, open the door of the freezer partway and remove the door handle. That means unthreading the screws on the handle and completely pulling the handle off the door. Next, grasp the dispenser’s front cover at the top, bow it out at the center, and pull it out from the bottom and top channels with gentle force.

Removing the Sub-panel

Once the dispenser’s front cover separates from the dispenser, disconnect the wire harness so you can completely remove the cover. Next, unthread the hex-head screws on the sub-panel; this releases it so you can pull it forward and reverse it to expose the back. You will find three wire harnesses connecting three separate sets of wires from the sub-panel to the refrigerator. Disconnect these harnesses and pull the sub-panel out.

How to Remove the Fresh Chill Cover in a KitchenAid Refrigerator

Turn the appliance off to remove the fresh chill or crisper drawer cover in your KitchenAid refrigerator. The process may not take too much time and may also not require extensive disassembling, but always turn off any electrical appliance before performing repairs.

Next, remove the drawer first before removing the cover. Grab the drawer’s handle, pull it forward, and lift it slightly to remove it completely from the refrigerator. Put one hand under the glass shelf, lift it up, and carefully remove it from the unit. Now, only the shelf frame is left, so lift the front part up and slide the frame out of the refrigerator. Repeat the steps for other crisper drawer covers in the appliance.

This video demonstrates how to remove the cover from a KitchenAid refrigerator fresh chill drawer…

How to Remove Freezer Drawer Slides in a KitchenAid Refrigerator

Unplug the refrigerator or turn off the circuit breaker to cut the electric power supply to the appliance. Open the freezer drawer and loosen the screws that hold the drawer’s front in place with a ¼-inch nut driver. Once loose, lift the front up and out, and lift the inner drawers out. Next, release the retaining tabs for the drawer brackets and remove them.

Push the connecting rod to the left to release the right side. Remove it from the right side and pull the left side out of the hole. Then, push the slide on the right in to move it out of the way as you work on the left side slide. Now, you will need a power drill for this part, with a ⅛-inch drill bit connected to it. Use the tool to remove the drill bit on the slide. 

Lift the support bracket up and off the slide. Reach into the inner part of the slide and release the locking tab with a flat-head screwdriver. Gently pull the slide out of the housing, lay it on a work surface, and remove the gear on it using the screwdriver. You will need this gear for the new drawer slide. Repeat the steps for the slide on the opposite side.

Note: These steps also apply if you want to remove the drawer slides from a KitchenAid side-by-side refrigerator.

How to Remove the Drip Pan from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

The drip pan is usually under the refrigerator; you can access it from the back when you remove the access panel over the condenser and compressor. Your refrigerator model determines where the access point is, so consult the user manual for instructions. But you must turn off the refrigerator before removing the pan.

If the drip is accessible from the back, move the refrigerator to create a working space at the back. Unthread the screws securing the bottom back panel and lift the panel off the refrigerator cabinet. Set the screws and panel aside in a safe place. The wire harness from the water inlet valve often connects to it, so you must disconnect it before removing the panel completely.

There is no uniform method for removing the pan; some models have the condenser fan obstructing the fan, and you must move it out of the way before removing the drip pan. This makes it difficult to remove, so you may need professional help to avoid damaging the condenser fan assembly in the process. Other models are easier; simply slide the pan out from its location and remove it.

Here is a video showing how to remove and replace a KitchenAid refrigerator drip pan with the condenser fan in the way…

How to Remove a KitchenAid Built-in Refrigerator

Before attempting to remove a built-in refrigerator, you must turn it off at the breaker. Most times, you cannot reach the wall outlet behind it, so the breaker is the best way to cut the electric power supply to it. Protecting the floor during the removal is crucial, especially if it is wood, so lay thin planks or cardboard on the path through which you will take the refrigerator.

Ensure you turn off the water to the appliance and disconnect the water lines and inlet valve. You will notice the refrigerator’s surrounding frame has brackets holding it in place; remove these brackets to release the appliance from the wall. If the refrigerator still appears stuck to the casings, check the middle and lower parts for possible screws, shims, or bands restricting its movement.

Once you fully release the appliance from the custom restrictions, move it to allow you to unplug the power cord from the wall outlet. Wrap the cord and fix it to the refrigerator’s back to avoid damaging it while removing the appliance. Clean the back of the appliance as much as possible to reduce the dirt, and, if possible, tape the doors shut and wrap the refrigerator to reduce the damage to the finish.

Precautions

Before removing a built-in refrigerator, you must take some precautions to ensure safety. These refrigerators tend to be heavy, especially at the top, so having someone to help remove them is crucial. You will need strong hands; ensure you find an able-bodied assistant.

Also, empty the refrigerator of all contents, including the shelves, bins, and racks. It eases the job of removing the refrigerator and protects the shelves and other items from damage. Sometimes, you may also have to remove the doors, particularly if the appliance is too big and cannot fit through the door out of the house.

Finally, ensure you use an appliance dolly to move it out and keep the appliance tilted to less than a 90-degree angle. Lowering it beyond this angle tampers with the refrigerant and compressor oil, which may cause leakage and damage to the motors. Your assistant can help you maintain this angle as you move the refrigerator out.

How to Remove Handles from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

To remove the door handles on a KitchenAid refrigerator, open one door and leave the other closed. Get a hex-key wrench, insert it into the top screw hole on the closed door, and turn it counterclockwise or to the left. Keep turning it to loosen the top screw but do not completely remove it when loose. Move to the screw at the bottom of the handle and repeat the steps. 

Once loose, lift the handle up and off the shoulder screws on the door’s front. Do the same for the other door to remove the handle. You can repeat the steps on the bottom drawer if you also need to remove the handle, but protect the refrigerator’s finish when turning the hex key to avoid scratching it. You can apply a piece of painter’s tape around the screw area for protection.

How to Remove the Vent Cover from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

You will find a vented cover over the air filter housing in the refrigerator section. Follow the instructions in this article on how to remove the vent cover on a KitchenAid refrigerator to open the filter compartment if you need to replace it.

How to Remove Water Spots from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

If you find water stains on your KitchenAid refrigerator, especially if it has a stainless steel finish, apply some white vinegar to the spots and allow it to sit for at least thirty minutes. Afterward, wipe the vinegar off and polish the area with olive oil.

Get a paper towel, fold it twice, and apply some oil to it. Squish the oil into the paper towel and wipe the water spot areas with it, starting at the top and following the grain. Do not go against the grain because you may stain the finish. Clean any excess oil with another paper towel and buff the polished areas with a microfiber cloth. Repeat this process until you cover every water spot area on the refrigerator.

Other Removal Methods

Apart from using white vinegar or olive oil to remove water stains from your KitchenAid refrigerator, there are other easy and homemade methods to try. Lemon juice mixed with baking soda, rubbing alcohol, and stainless steel cleaner also work to remove these stubborn stains.

Lemon juice and baking soda also do wonders in removing these stains. Apply a thin coat of lemon juice on the water stains and leave it to sit for about five minutes. Next, apply a small amount of baking soda to the areas; you should get a fizzy result when you do this. Use a paper towel or microfiber cloth to clean the spots; remember to follow the grain of the finish. Sprinkle more lemon juice when the baking soda starts to dissolve. Afterward, clean the spots with a damp cloth and leave them to air-dry.

Isopropyl alcohol, or rubbing alcohol, can remove these stains. Get a microfiber cloth and apply some to it. Next, rub the cloth on the water stains, going in the grain’s natural direction. It is effective in removing even the toughest water stains; since it naturally evaporates, you do not need to rinse the application areas.

If the finish is stainless steel, a stainless steel cleaning agent should remove the stains, no matter how stubborn. You will find reliable stainless steel cleaners in stores near you or online, especially on Amazon. Read the label for specific cleaning instructions, and ensure you wear gloves where applicable.

How to Remove the Start Relay from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

First, disconnect the appliance from electric power to remove the start relay from a KitchenAid refrigerator. The relay is usually attached to one side of the compressor, so move the refrigerator away from the surrounding walls. This creates enough workspace to reach the compressor.

Next, unthread the screws securing the access panel at the bottom back of the refrigerator. Remove the panel and locate the relay on the compressor. Ensure the compressor is not hot before touching it; this may apply if the refrigerator has been running for a long time without interruption. Detach the relay from the compressor by pulling it straight out. If you want to replace it, you can attach the new relay to the terminals on the compressor’s side.

How to Remove Lights from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

If you want to remove the light bulb from a KitchenAid refrigerator, ensure you disconnect the unit from the electric power. Open the door and locate the light bulb; gently turn it to free it from the light socket. You can fix a new bulb in its place if you want to replace it.

The same steps apply to LED lights in some models, but others may require removing the entire light module if the light is faulty. To do this, you will need a small flat-head screwdriver to pry the locking tabs loose from the top of the refrigerator. Remove the light assembly and fix a new one in its place. You can also consult the refrigerator’s user manual for other instructions to remove the lights.

How to Remove the Water Line from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

Start by disconnecting the refrigerator from electricity. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet or turn off the circuit breaker. Remember to turn off the water to the appliance by turning the main water valve behind the refrigerator or under the sink. Once done, move the refrigerator to create space behind it for working.

Next, remove the cover on the water inlet valve so you can disconnect the water line. How you remove the cover depends on the refrigerator model; for some models, you will need to remove the entire access panel to reach the inlet valve.

Lay a towel next to the valve before disconnecting the water line. Use a 5/16 open-ended wrench to unlock the locking collar on the inlet valve and pull the line out. Go up the back of the refrigerator and remove the cover over the other end of the water line where it inserts into the inlet nozzle. Also, remove the water line from the clamps or retainer clips along the back of the appliance.

Use a pair of pliers to press the clamp at the top and release the line from the inlet nozzle at the top of the refrigerator’s back. Now, you can pull the old water line out of the refrigerator and completely remove it. You can install a new one at this point.

KitchenAid Refrigerator Dent Removal

There are several methods for removing dents on your KitchenAid refrigerator. Dents typically happen to stainless steel appliances, and while these dents may look unsightly, they do not usually mean the appliances stop working. However, try the following to remove the dent on your KitchenAid refrigerator:

1. Dry Ice

Wear gloves and apply some dry ice to the dented areas. You will have to go from one point to another if there is more than one dented spot. Hold the ice there for a few minutes so that the metal can absorb some of the coolness to contract and shrink. The cold may cause the dent to pop out without further pressure.

2. Can of Air Duster

Get a can of air duster, turn it upside down, and spray it in the dent’s center. Keep spraying it for a few minutes until the refrigerator’s cabinet absorbs as much of it as possible. Ensure you work with the spray in a room with enough air to keep from inhaling it. You will get the same results as when you use dry ice after spraying the dented areas.

3. Plunger

A suction cup can fix the dents on your refrigerator, so consider using a plunger if you have one. An automotive suction dent remover also works if you do not have a toilet plunger. The plunger uses the same suction strategy of clearing a clogged toilet or bathroom to pull the dent out. It is important to use the right plunger size if you want the right results.

Dents come in different sizes and so do suction devices. Therefore, using the correct suction device appropriate for the dent size is crucial. A small dent will require a small plunger or suction cup, but a large dent will need a much larger cup. Using a small suction cup on a large dent may not yield the desired result. The larger the suction device, the better the suction strength.

Clean the dented area with a wet or damp rag. Wetting the area should create a tighter seal and improve the results. Next, fix the plunger or suction cup to the dented area and press it down to make the seal tight. Afterward, firmly but gently pull the plunger out. The dent should straighten with the suction force. 

Repeat the process until you get your desired result, but tread carefully, as too much force can do more harm than good. Also, note that this method may not work for all dents. If the dents have damaged the metal or caused a deep crease, the suction method will not work.

4. Pops-a-Dent

This device works like a suction cup, but you may have to use it with hot glue. This method works well if you do it properly. Apply the glue and attach the cup. Then, get a frame and use it to pull the dent out while the cup is attached. Do this slowly because you may damage the refrigerator’s cabinet if you pull it too hard.

5. Heat Gun or Hair Dryer

A heat gun or hair dryer works in almost the same way. Metal expands when you apply heat to it, so using the heat gun or hair dryer can cause the metal to expand enough to pop out. Ensure you use a high-powered hair dryer or heat gun, and turn up the heat to make the metal hot. When hot, the metal should rearrange into its right form.

The truth is that there is no guarantee that these methods will work. The best step is to use professional services to fix a dented KitchenAid refrigerator, especially if it is expensive. There is the danger of causing more damage to the, which may result in replacing the entire appliance. It may not be cheap, but it is less expensive than buying a new refrigerator.

How to Remove Packing from Behind the Drawers in a KitchenAid Refrigerator

Before assembling the refrigerator, ensure you remove every packing material. It may become difficult to remove it after assembling the refrigerator and using it because of wetness or the inability to remove the drawer. 

Ask the installation team to clear the packing on the drawers before installing them. Do the same if you are installing the appliance yourself; follow the instructions in the user guide to remove the packing material.

How to Remove the Bypass Cap from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

To remove the bypass cap from a KitchenAid refrigerator, open the refrigerator door and locate the water filter housing. The bypass plug should be inside the housing because it replaces the water filter when not in use. Open the filter housing by pressing the locking tab and dropping the cover down. 

You will find the bypass cap inside the filter housing; turn it counterclockwise or to the left to release and remove it. Ensure the cap is well-seated and tight before closing the filter housing cover.

KitchenAid Refrigerator Control Board Removal

Turn off the refrigerator by disconnecting it from the wall outlet or circuit breaker.  You must move the appliance to reach the back unless it is located in a central area without walls surrounding it. To move it, get an assistant to help you maneuver it. But if the brake wheels are locked in place, remove the base grill, use a ¼-inch wrench to rotate the brake feet to the left or counterclockwise to raise them, and release the refrigerator. This makes it easy to roll the refrigerator forward without straining yourself.

You will find a small access panel midway down the back of the refrigerator; behind it is the control board. Use a ¼-inch nut driver to remove the four screws holding the panel in place, and set them aside in a safe place. Next, peel the tape aside and use a small flat-head screwdriver to release the tab locking the plastic cover in place.

Remove the cover and release the tab on one side to release the control board. Take pictures of the wire connections on the board before disconnecting anything. That way, you can correctly connect them when you put in the new control board. Then, disconnect them and discard the old control board properly.

KitchenAid Refrigerator Squirts Water When Filter Is Removed – Quick Fix

Most newer model KitchenAid refrigerators have built-in bypass plugs that shut off the water flow when you remove the water filter. They do not filter the water but stop it from squirting from the filter house whenever you remove the filter. However, if water squirts when you remove the filter, it may be high water pressure or faulty filter housing.

When the water pressure is too high, it pushes the water out with too much force. This can cause it to squirt from the filter area, sometimes leaking even with the filter installed in the refrigerator. You may need professional help to check the pressure and determine whether or not it is too high. Therefore, contact a plumber for repairs.

Another thing to check is the connection point in the filter housing. There may be a problem with the area where the water filter connects to the refrigerator. If that is the case, you may have to replace the entire filter housing assembly. However, get professional assistance to ensure this is the problem before replacing the housing.

How to Remove the Air Filter from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

Open the door of the refrigerating section and lift the vented cover over the air filter. The filter housing should be at the center back inside the refrigerator. Once the vented cover is open, hold the filter on one side and remove it from the housing.

Removing the air filter from a KitchenAid refrigerator is easy, but not every model has this filter. You must ensure your model has one and locate it within the refrigerator. Also, purchase a replacement air filter using the refrigerator’s model number to ensure you get the right part.

How to Remove a Stuck Air Filter from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

If the air filter is stuck in your refrigerator, check to see if any object is sticking to it. Also, ensure there is no ice buildup to keep it from working. If none of these applies, try gently pulling it away from the housing. But if it remains stuck, you may need professional assistance to avoid damaging the air filter system or the entire refrigerator. Contact KitchenAid to report the issue and request service, or hire an independent technician for further assistance.

How to Remove Skin from a KitchenAid Side-by-Side Refrigerator

Disconnect the refrigerator from electric power and open one door. Look along the bottom; you will find three screws securing the skin to the door. Use a Phillips screwdriver to loosen and remove these screws. Next, look along the top of the door; you will find a second set of screws. Remove them, close the door fully, and pull the skin off the door. Do the same for the second door.

Note: These steps may not apply to all KitchenAid refrigerator models. Check the user manual or go online to find other resources for your specific model.

How to Remove the Water Tank from a KitchenAid Refrigerator

The water tank or reservoir is generally located on the back wall of the refrigerating section. But your refrigerator model may have different steps to remove the reservoir, although it may be in this location. Therefore, check the user manual for steps to remove the tank in your specific model, or follow the instructions in this section.

Disconnect the refrigerator from the electric power and open the doors. Remove the bottom front grill and locate the water line that connects to the tank. Place a container or thick towel on the floor to catch the remaining water from the line before disconnecting it. Pull the water line out of the union, remove the nut from its end, and drain the water into the container or on the towel.

Next, move the refrigerator to access the bottom back panel. Remove the screws securing the panel, lay them aside with the panel, and disconnect the nut securing the water line to the inlet valve. Remove the nut and set it aside. Pull the water tank’s water line out through the bracket of the condenser fan motor and ensure it does not touch the hot compressor.

Remove the shelves and drawers inside the refrigerator and set them aside. This is to create space so that you can remove the old tank. Undo the screw on the water line’s strap and pull the line through the grommet. Next, unthread the two screws holding the water tank to the back wall and remove the tank.

How to Remove the Plastic Divider in the Freezer of a KitchenAid Refrigerator

Turn off the refrigerator and open the freezer drawer. Get a flat-head screwdriver and pry the rail tab on the left side away from the liner; move it away enough so you can release the drawer stop. Repeat the step on the right side to remove the drawer stop. Now, you can move the drawer enough to remove the upper one.

Next, remove the drawer divider by releasing the tabs. Sometimes, the tabs may still be intact, and you will need to break them to release the divider. Other times, the tabs may already be broken, so lift the divider up and out of the drawer. Note that these steps may not apply to all KitchenAid refrigerator models. So, follow the instructions in the user manual to remove the drawer and take the divider out.

How to Remove a KitchenAid Refrigerator Drain Tube

Start by unplugging the refrigerator from the wall outlet. Move the appliance to create space at the back so that you can access the bottom panel. You may need someone to help you move the refrigerator because of its weight. Once done, unthread the screws holding the panel in place; use a ¼-inch nut driver for the job.

Next, lift the panel off the refrigerator and set it aside with the screws. Locate the drain tube behind the water inlet valve; some refrigerator models may have the tube fixed in another location. Consult the user manual for your specific model to find the exact location. But it is usually above the drain pan for easy water drainage.

There may be screws holding the tube in place; carefully inspect it to find the screws. Use the nut driver to unthread and set them aside. You may need them for installing a new tube. Now, pull the tube out of the grommet that secures it to the refrigerator. Gently pull it until it slides out of the hole in the appliance.

How to Remove the Freezer Fan from a KitchenAid Side-by-Side Refrigerator

Ensure you disconnect the refrigerator from the electric power before commencing. The freezer fan is the same as the evaporator fan, so you must open the freezer door. Remove the foods from the freezer and store them in another freezer or an ice-packed cooler for preservation. This step is not entirely necessary because you will not spend a long time removing the fan.

Also, remove the shelves, racks, and bins in the freezer, depending on the refrigerator model. Set them aside and pull the ice storage bucket out. The point is to create access to the interior back panel in the freezer section. The evaporator fan and coils are behind this panel. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws holding the shelf rails that support the shelves on the left and right sides. 

You may need to note which rail goes where; depending on the model, the narrow rail goes on the right while the wide rail goes on the left. You may also find mounting clips on the walls; slide them up to remove them to ease the back panel removal. Do not force them if they do not slide up and out.

Next, use the Phillips screwdriver to loosen and remove the six Phillips screws holding the back panel in place. Once out, check to see if the light shield is in the way of removing the panel; gently remove the shield if it is. Lift the panel up to release from the tabs at the top; you will find the fan and coils. Now, unthread the screws securing the fan to the compartment; pull the housing toward you, and disconnect the wire harnesses once loose.

Detach the grounding clips on the housing and check for defrosting heater connections to the fan. Disconnect them if applicable and detach the defrost thermostat from the evaporator coils so that you can fully remove the fan. Next, gently and carefully pull the fan blade off of the shaft; it may be slightly difficult. Remove the foam insulators and press the tabs to remove the retaining bracket.

Use a pair of needle-nosed pliers to remove the wire retainers from the fan housing; you will find them on both sides. Unhook the wires from the retaining hook to remove them fully. Now, you can separate the motor from its housing and discard it.

How to Remove the Evaporator Cover in a KitchenAid Refrigerator

Different KitchenAid refrigerator models have various steps for removing the evaporator cover. But for all models, you must begin by unplugging the refrigerator from the wall outlet or turning off the circuit breaker. Empty the freezer of all items, including shelves, racks, and bins.

French-door Model

For a French-door model, open the bottom freezer drawer and use a small flat-head screwdriver to pry the tab on the left slide rail tab away from the liner. Do this gently until you release the drawer stop. Do the same for the stop on the right side. Lift the inner up and out of the freezer.

Next, use a ¼-inch nut driver to loosen the screws that secure the front of the drawer to the rest of the appliance. Once loose, you can lift the drawer front up and off the glides and set it aside in a safe place. Lift the lower inner drawer up and slightly squeeze the sides in to remove it from the drawer glides.

Use a flat-head screwdriver to pry the shaft retainer clip loose so that you can shift it to the left. Pry the shaft loose and remove it out of the way. Next, release the freezer’s air duct tabs to remove the cover. Depress the retaining tab on the cover of the temperature sensor on the evaporator cover. Release the sensor or thermistor from the cover and remove the cover.

Now, use a ¼-inch nut driver to remove the four screws holding the cover inside the freezer. Gently lower the cover and set it aside; it has sharp edges that may be dangerous if incorrectly handled.

Side-by-Side Model

After emptying the freezer of all items, inspect the evaporator cover for the screws’ location. When you find them, you must remove the shelf rails to make it easier to remove the cover. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws holding the shelf rails that support the shelves on the left and right sides. 

You may need to note which rail goes where; depending on the model, the narrow rail goes on the right while the wide rail goes on the left. You may also find mounting clips on the walls; slide them up to remove them to ease the back panel removal. Do not force them if they do not slide up and out.

Next, use the Phillips screwdriver to loosen and remove the six Phillips screws holding the back panel in place. Once out, check to see if the light shield is in the way of removing the panel; gently remove the shield if it is. Then, lift the panel up to release it from the tabs at the top before carefully sliding it out of the refrigerator.

How to Remove Post Damper in a KitchenAid Refrigerator

Disconnect the refrigerator from electric power and empty it of all items. The damper is usually in the fresh food section, where the freezer meets the refrigerator, because it releases the right amount of cold air from the freezer into the refrigerator.

Remove the shelves from the appliance and keep them in a safe place. You must also remove the drawers in the refrigerator, including the crisper drawers. How you remove them depends on the refrigerator model, but you generally slide them out, slightly lift the front, and pull them the rest of the way. Check the user manual for specific drawer removal instructions for your model.

Next, remove the entire crisper drawer cover assembly and the glides on both sides out of the refrigerator. This step may not apply to every model; drawer removal may be enough. If the water filter is in the way, open the filter cover and use a ¼-inch nut driver to remove the screws on the upper cover panel. Lower the panel, disconnect the LED wire harness and remove the panel.

Some models have an air-tower assembly; if yours does, use a flat-head screwdriver to release the retaining tabs and remove the assembly. Now, use a ¼-inch nut driver to remove the screws holding the cover on the damper to remove it. Detach the retaining tab to release the cover on the thermistor and remove the sensor from the damper cover. Lift the cover off, remove the polystyrene insulation if applicable, and expose the damper.

Next, use a flat-head screwdriver to release the retaining tab and release the damper. Finally, disconnect the wire harness to remove the damper from the refrigerator. Note that these steps may not apply to all KitchenAid refrigerator models. So, check your user manual or online resources for specific steps that apply to your model.

How to Remove the Door Switch in a KitchenAid Refrigerator

Disconnect the refrigerator from the wall outlet or turn off the breaker. Open the refrigerator door and locate the door switch. The switch’s location depends on the refrigerator model; some are in the refrigerator section, while others are in the freezer section.

Once you locate it, get a putty knife and insert it under the switch. You may have to apply a piece of painter’s tape around the switch before using the putty knife. The tape protects the refrigerator’s body from damage from the knife. Insert the blade under the switch and gently pry it loose. Lower the switch and disconnect the wires connecting it to the refrigerator. Then, you can discard the old door switch.

How to Remove Scratches from a KitchenAid Stainless Steel Refrigerator

Removing the scratches on your KitchenAid stainless steel refrigerator is simple. Unplug the appliance and get a stainless steel cleaner. Clean the surface of the refrigerator with the cleaning agent, following the detailed instructions on the label. You must go in the direction of the stainless steel grain to avoid leaving streaks of dirt on the finish. Afterward, clean off the residue of the cleaner with a clean damp rag and allow it to air-dry.

Next, get a lubricant spray or any mild oil, such as baby oil or olive oil. Rub some on the scratched areas on the refrigerator using a clean rag and buff it with a microfiber cloth. However, if the scratch is deep, this method does not work. Instead, use stainless steel rubbing agent on the scratched areas to remove them.

Now, get an empty spray bottle and fill it with water. Spray the water on the affected areas and sand them with 600-grit sandpaper. Apply the rubbing agent and sand the areas again if the scratches remain visible after the first try. Finally, apply some chrome polish to restore the stainless steel finish to its luster after cleaning and sanding it.

How to Remove the Door Spring on a KitchenAid Refrigerator

The door on a KitchenAid refrigerator does not have a spring. But the ice door has a spring that enables it to close and open easily. You will need to turn the refrigerator off by unplugging it to remove the ice door. Then, remove the dispenser front panel and sub-panel to reach the part.

How you disassemble the dispenser depends on the model. Follow the instructions in this article or the user manual to open the part. You can use a putty knife to pry the cover or front panel up and out, but you must protect the refrigerator finish while doing this to prevent damage to it. Therefore, apply some painter’s tape around the cover where the knife comes in contact with the refrigerator to keep it from scratching the surface.

Afterward, get a small putty knife and insert it into the bottom part of the front panel. Gently move it to pry the cover loose so you can manually remove the top part. Carefully lower it and disconnect the attached wire harness before completely removing the cover.

Another method for removing the dispenser on a stainless steel trimless door is to set a small wood block along the front cover’s bottom. Next, get a rubber mallet and use it to hit the wood block while you manually pull its bottom out. That way, the bottom of the dispenser’s front cover releases from the tab so that you separate it from the dispenser housing. Do the same for the other sides of the front cover.

For a refrigerator with a paneled door, open the door of the freezer partway and remove the door handle. That means unthreading the screws on the handle and completely pulling the handle off the door. Next, grasp the dispenser’s front cover at the top, bow it out at the center, and pull it out from the bottom and top channels with gentle force.

Removing the Sub-panel

Once the dispenser’s front cover separates from the dispenser, disconnect the wire harness so you can completely remove the cover. Next, unthread the hex-head screws on the sub-panel; this releases it so you can pull it forward and reverse it to expose the back. 

You will find three wire harnesses connecting three separate sets of wires from the sub-panel to the refrigerator. Disconnect these harnesses and pull the sub-panel out. The ice door is on this sub-panel, so turn it over and locate the spring to remove it. Get a pair of needle-nosed pliers, grab the spring with it, and pull it straight out of the door.

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