Is “Change KitchenAid refrigerator water filter” on your to-do list, but you’re unsure how to start? Our guide provides step-by-step instructions for changing each possible filter on French door and side-by-side refrigerators.
How to Change KitchenAid Water Filter by Model Number
Though changing a water filter can be quick and easy, locating the filter and using the right methods can seem unclear. We’ll show you how to replace KitchenAid refrigerator water filter models with simple steps that can be part of regular maintenance.
How Often to Change a Water Filter and Why
A refrigerator water filter screens out common contaminants and particles from your home’s water supply. Over time, these particles can collect on the filter’s screen, causing a buildup that prohibits the filter from doing its job.
It’s recommended to change KitchenAid refrigerator water filters every six months. Change the filter sooner if you notice your refrigerator ice maker not making ice.
KitchenAid Filter Model Numbers: EDR1RXD1, EDR2RXD1, EDR4RXD1
All three of these filters are located in the upper right interior of the refrigerator. Refer to your owner’s manual to determine the recommended filter for your model refrigerator.
Here’s how to change water filter in KitchenAid French door refrigerator and side-by-side designs:
- Lift up filter door and pull old filter out
- Remove protective coverings from new filter’s O-rings
- Insert new filter with arrow pointing upward
- Push filter door closed until it snaps in place
- Flush the filter by dispensing four gallons of water
- Open the filter door and remove the old filter by pulling down and to the left
- Remove cap and O-ring protectors from new filter
- Insert new filter into compartment, making sure arrows are pointing upward
- Push filter door closed until it’s snapped in place
- Flush the filter by dispensing and disposing of four gallons filtered water
- If the filter compartment tab is facing outwards, push it in and pull the cover down. If the tab is on the bottom of the compartment, pull forward and down on the small lever to open.
- Turn the old filter to the left and pull to remove
- Push the new filter in and turn it to the right, making sure its aligned with the grooves in the compartment.
- Push up on the filter to lock in place
- Close the compartment door by pushing upward until it snaps
- Dispense and dispose of four gallons filtered water to flush the filter
KitchenAid Filter Model Number EDR3RXD1
Kitchen Aid side-by-side refrigerators use the same filters as French door designs but can also include an additional filter option. Follow these steps for how to change water filter in KitchenAid side-by-side refrigerator for filter model number EDR3RXD1:
- Locate filter on left side of bottom base grille
- Push the eject button to release the filter and remove filter cap by twisting clockwise.
- Pull old filter straight out
- Remove cap from new filter
- Position filter cap on new filter so ridges are aligned. Twist clockwise to lock in place.
- Insert new filter into compartment with arrows pointing up
- Push filter in until eject button pops out
- Flush line by dispensing and disposing of 4 gallons filtered water
What to Do When the Water Filter Won’t Come Out
Is your old KitchenAid water filter stuck when you try to remove it? We suggest these troubleshooting tips:
Base Grille Filters
- Place a cloth over the filter cap and, using pliers, turn the cap a quarter turn. Remove the grille for a better angle if necessary.
- For push button filters, push the filter in firmly before pushing on the eject button a second time.
- Hold down the eject button while the filter disengages.
- Close and reopen filter compartment door, making sure it opens fully.
- Relieve pressure around filter by turning off refrigerator water supply and expelling any water remaining in dispenser.
- Remove shelving to ensure better access to filter compartment.
Knowing how to change KitchenAid refrigerator water filters addresses important refrigerator maintenance and can ensure better quality of drinking water. If regular maintenance still leaves you in need of a KitchenAid refrigerator repair, ServiceCare is here to help.