One of the most basic things you can do to maintain your refrigerator is to replace its water filter. Replacing your water filter regularly will ensure that you have access to crisp, clean drinking water that is free from contaminants and safe for you and your family. However, even though replacing a refrigerator’s water filter is an easy task most homeowners can do themselves, many homeowners neglect to change their filter because they don’t know what filter they need, how to replace it, or how often it needs replacing.
In general, it is usually recommended that homeowners replace their refrigerator’s water filter every 6 months or every 300 gallons, whichever comes first. However, you should check your owner’s manual to see what replacement period the manufacturer recommends for your specific unit. Your owner’s manual will likely also have instructions that will help walk you through the process of buying and installing replacement filters. However, for homeowners who have the KRFC302E 22 cu. ft. refrigerator manufactured by KitchenAid, we will be giving a quick overview below of what filter you need, and how to replace it on this model.
When you need to replace the water filter on your KitchenAid KRFC302E refrigerator, KitchenAid recommends that you use the EveryDrop Ice & Water Refrigerator Filter #4, as this is the certified replacement part for this unit. If you are looking for a cheaper replacement option, you can try doing an internet search for water filter 4396395, as this will help you to find generic replacement filters for this unit. However, be aware that when you choose not to purchase the part recommended by the manufacturer, there is no guarantee that it will fit, or that it will function properly.
How to Replace Your Filter
Once you have purchased a replacement water filter, it is fairly easy to install the water filter on this KitchenAid refrigerator. Follow the following steps to replace the water filter on your KitchenAid KRFC302:
- Locate The Filter: On this unit, the water filter is located in the refrigerator in the upper right hand corner. You will be able to recognize the filter housing as it is shaped similar to the filter, and has a tab you will squeeze that will release the lock and open the filter compartment.
- Remove The Old Filter: Once you have located and opened the filter compartment, removing the old filter is fairly simple. Simply grasp the filter firmly and twist it to the left (Counterclockwise) and slightly downward. The filter should remove easily, however, if you are having trouble do not force it as you could end up damaging your refrigerator. A gentle turn is all that should be required to remove the filter.
- Install The New Filter: Before you install the new filter, you will need to remove the foil seal that is on the filter. Next, line up the notches on the filter will the open spaces on the filter base. Once the filter is lined up correctly, push in and twist to the right (Clockwise) until the filter locks into place, then close the filter housing. Once your filter is installed it is important that you run a couple gallons of water through it to flush it out.
If you encounter any issues while installing your water filter, feel free to contact us for advice.