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5 Steps To Reset Your Kitchenaid Refrigerator In 27 Sec (2023)

How To Reset Kitchenaid Refrigerator

Have you recently replaced your fridge water filter?

Or does your equipment keep showing a filter warning?

Well, if you have a similar issue with your Kitchenaid refrigerator, a reset is the only fix for the problem.

But how will you do it?

Read on to find out:

  • The signs that you need to replace your fridge water filter.
  • 5 steps on how to reset a Kitchenaid refrigerator in 27 seconds.
  • Whether you can find a reset button for a Kitchenaid refrigerator or not.
  • The reasons why a water filter warning keeps appearing on your display. 
  • And so much more…

How to reset a Kitchenaid refrigerator?

To reset a Kitchenaid refrigerator, you only need to press the “Water Filter” button. But in some models, it can be a combination of 2 (“Max Ice”+ “Max Cool”).  These are on the panel inside the fridge. Simply press and hold the button/s for around 3 seconds. Then it’ll cause your system to restart.

5 steps to reset a Kitchenaid refrigerator

#1: Look for the water filter reset button

So if you just replaced your fridge filter, your system now calls for a reboot.

This might be necessary after every filter replacement. And luckily, you can do this in only a few seconds by pressing 2 buttons.

But first, look for the panel inside the fridge that has the water filter control.

(I’m sure you’re already familiar with this. Since you can always see this every time you open the door.)

“So, where is it located?”

In most models, it’s the panel that you’ll see in the middle top part of the fridge. 

While in others, it’s the touch display on the upper side of the left door.


#2: Click the reset button/s

Where’s your (inside) panel?

If it’s on the top part of your fridge, look for the button that says “Water Filter.”

Then, press and hold it for around 2 to 3 seconds.

This should now reset your Kitchenaid refrigerator. And fix the filter warning that keeps on appearing on your display.

But, do you have a touch display on the left door?

If so, you need to press 2 different buttons at the same time.

Click and hold the “Max Ice” and “Max Cool” buttons for about 3 seconds.

Note: This may vary per model. So check the button combination stated on your fridge’s display first. This is usually located under the Water Filter text/button.

#3: Release and close

While pressing the buttons, you might also see a countdown.

What I mean is, your fridge will count from 3 to 0. And after this, you can now release the button/s.

Then, you’ll see a light flashing on your Water Filter button. Or a message saying “Good” on your touch display.

This means that your Kitchenaid refrigerator rebooted successfully. And this process shouldn’t take more than a second.

Once it’s done, close the door. Then see if the warning still appears or not.

And that’s usually it.

If this worked, you did a reset within less than 27 seconds.

But if not, here’s another quick easy fix you can try.

#4: Open and close the filter compartment

Did the tip above work?

If not, open your fridge again.

Look for the water filter compartment.

It’s usually on the topmost part (ceiling) of your fridge. And it could be a white rectangular box or a cylindrical one.

Once you’ve found it, press its cover until it drops. And reveal the filter it holds inside.

Then close it afterward.

This trick worked for some Kitchenaid fridge users.

So you may see that the “Order Filter” or “Replace Filter” warning is now gone on your display panel.

But if this tip didn’t solve your problem still…

#5: Perform a manual reboot

Perform Manual Reboot

This is also one of the easiest ways to reset a refrigerator.

But, it could take more than 27 seconds as you need to wait for a certain period of time.

So, how to do this?

It’ll be easy.

  1. Remove the cord of your fridge from its convenience outlet.
  2. Wait for about 10 minutes.
  3. Plug its cord back into the socket.
  4. Let your fridge restart and cool a bit on its own.
  5. Check if the water filter is working properly. As well as if it’s cooling enough.
  6. Look at the panels as well and see if the water filter controls are functioning.

Note: Instead of simply unplugging your fridge, you may also turn its circuit breaker off. Then switch it on again after 10 minutes. But for more complex issues, you can contact Kitchenaid’s Service Support

Reading tip: 15 Refrigerator Do’s And Don’ts (Avoid #7 At All Times)

Frequently asked questions:

Is there a reset button on a Kitchenaid refrigerator?

There’s no reset button on a Kitchenaid refrigerator. To reboot it, you must unplug its cord. Then plug it back in after 10 minutes.

But, there’s one for its water filter.

“Where can I find it?”

The water filter reset button is usually located inside the unit.

When you open your fridge, you might see this on its middle top portion.

But in some models, this could be on the left side of the fridge door.

Wanna know how to reset a Kitchenaid refrigerator?

See the detailed steps above.

When should you reset a Kitchenaid refrigerator?

You should reset a Kitchenaid refrigerator when you see an “Order/Replace Filter” warning. This often appears when you’ve recently changed your water filter.

There could be a bug in the system. And your fridge needs a reset to solve the issue.

Learn more: 9 Things To Do When Your Smart Fridge Isn’t Cooling (DIY)

The water filter issue is the most common problem in Kitchenaid refrigerators.

If this is what you experience, you’ll see a “Replace Water Filter” warning on your fridge’s display. 

And it’ll pop up whenever you get water from it.

“What may have caused this?”

There are 2 possible reasons.

Reason #1: Water filter replacement

First, your unit might be telling you to change its water filter.

The sensor detected that the filter’s level is low. So it needs to be replaced asap.

“How long do fridge water filters last?”

Typically, a water filter can last up to 6 months.

It doesn’t need to be changed monthly. But, a single filter shouldn’t also be used for more than a year. 

This is to prevent any issues with its carbon filter in the long run. Which can make your water unsafe for drinking.

“What are the signs that you need to replace your water filter?”

  • The water or ice tastes weird.
  • The dispenser’s pressure is weak or low.
  • Your ice maker machine makes less ice. (Or sometimes, none at all.)

The last possible cause is…

Reason #2: An error with your sensor/control panel

In some cases, a Kitchenaid fridge may also show this warning even though there’s no need for a replacement.

“Why’s that?”

It could be due to a bug in the sensor or its panel.

Also, have you already changed your water filter?

If so, and it was done properly, there’s likely an error in the system.

But if not, and your filter needs to be changed, watch this short video tutorial:

Note: The steps may vary per model. But the general idea and process are almost the same. Remember, you have to turn the old filter to the LEFT to take it out. Then turn the new filter to the RIGHT to install it properly.

However, if the mechanism is different, follow the instructions on the filter. See the correct position when inserting it into the compartment.