How To Reset A KitchenAid Refrigerator

One device we use very often in our daily lives is a refrigerator. It runs all the time and consumes a significant amount of electricity.

KitchenAid is a reputed brand that is known for making quality refrigerators. They are characterized by not just superior functionality but also a sleek, modern design. Not to forget that a KitchenAid refrigerator helps keep food items fresh.

Moving on, refrigerators from KitchenAid usually need minimal maintenance. However, the refrigerator needs prompt attention if any warning comes up on the display or an alarm rings. 

This is why it becomes necessary to reset the fridge sometimes. So, without further ado, let’s check out how to reset a KitchenAid refrigerator!

How To Reset A KitchenAid Refrigerator?

Different features of the fridge can be reset in different ways, and the reason for a reset also depends on situation-to-situation. As such, the refrigerator requires a reset each time the filter in the fridge is changed. 

So, to reset the fridge, you must press the Filter Reset or Water Filter buttons and hold on. The fridge will successfully reset once the icon for the filter turns blue. In case there’s a Filter Reset button, the fridge resets when the blinking light that indicates the status of the filter goes off.

You can check out how to defrost a KitchenAid.

Steps To Reset A KitchenAid Refrigerator After An Alarm

A KitchenAid refrigerator alarm could be ringing for more reasons than one. So, in order to find out how to switch it off, one must figure out what’s causing it to go off in the first place.

There are two kinds of alarms- an alarm to indicate a power outage and one that goes off when the door is left open. The alarm that goes off in the event of a power outage beeps thrice, alerting the user that the fridge temperature has increased.

On the other hand, in case you’ve left the fridge door open for a bit too long, another alarm goes off. For resetting it, one must simply shut the open door.

Moreover, if the door of the fridge is not closed for more than five minutes, it will begin to cool, and the alarm buzzes with a gap of two minutes.

For resetting the temperature alarm, the actual temperature inside the fridge has to come back to normal. Temporarily, you could press the Reset Alarm button atop the panel, which will shut the flashing light off as well as the beeping. However, the light will come on every 4 hours until the temperature is back down to the recommended level.

Steps To Reset A KitchenAid Refrigerator After A Power Outage

If there’s been a power outage and you wish to reset your KitchenAid Refrigerator, try tapping on any button, and that will stop the incessant beeping. After that, you can tap on any other button, post which the icon indicating a power outage goes off.

This happens because the fridge needs to be sure you know about the loss of power! After the icon shuts off, the fridge stops beeping, and the display panel comes back to as it was. This is an indication that the fridge has successfully been reset.

Steps To Reset A KitchenAid Refrigerator Control Panel

The following steps must be followed in order to reset a KitchenAid Control Panel:

Step 1: You’ll notice a lit-up ‘PO’ icon on display. Pressing on it will let the fridge know that you’re aware of the power outage, and only then will the control and dispensing functions work.

Step 2: Another mode that temporarily suspends the functioning of the refrigerator is the Showroom Mode. Basically, this happens when one tries to reset the panel, and this mode only allows the interior light to function. Check if your fridge is in this mode and get it out of it to reset it.

Step 3: This might sound wild, but certain KitchenAid models have a special Sabbath Mode for the ones who observe Sabbath and don’t switch on some appliances that day. 

The temperature inside the fridge remains as it should be in this mode, but almost no other features work. So, to reset the control panel, the fridge has to get out of this mode, and you must check if your fridge is in this mode in the first place.

If the control panel is out of the above modes and is still non-functional, then a full reset of the fridge is required. 

Step 4: Pull the plug of the refrigerator out of the socket, or power the circuit breaker down and let the fridge stay without any power for 5 to 10 minutes approximately.

Step 5: Once a sufficient amount of time has passed, plug the fridge back in or turn the circuit breaker on. Ensure that you can hear the working of the cooling unit.

Step 6: The last thing to be done is to test whether the reset was successful or not. For this, punch some commands into the control panel. However, let some time pass before feeding the second command in.

Moving on, if you’ve followed all these steps and the control panel is still not working, then here are a few additional things you can do:

  • Check for a loose connection because these don’t transfer any power from the source since they don’t properly connect to the wire harness.
  • Look at the display board and check if there’s an external hardware issue.
  • The main control board might have malfunctioned; however, this can only be fixed by an expert.

If the control panel is still not functional, then qualified repair personnel must be called to check and repair it. Since a KitchenAid refrigerator is akin to a small computer, great care must be taken while fixing it. Only a skilled professional would have the required skills and tools to solve this problem. 

What’s more, if you attempt to fix it yourself without having the necessary ability, it could lead to further damage and even costlier repairs. However, if you have any prior experience or the necessary know-how, it isn’t a difficult task to accomplish. 

In addition to that, we recommend holding onto the user manual since it has a number of useful tips. It can help you get out of the different modes and give you useful troubleshooting tips.

Steps to Replace A KitchenAid Refrigerator Filter

A preliminary thing that is needed for replacing the filter with another is finding out the model and make of the water filter, which goes with the model of the fridge. There are five separate models, and we’ll tell you where they’re fixed and how they’re used.

Model 1: EDR5RXD1

For this model, the filter cartridge cap is located on the left of the base grille of the refrigerator.

Step 1: Move the cap counterclockwise till the handle is vertical, after which you must take the filter out.

Step 2: Remove the filter cap by shifting it to the bottom from the top. Once it is down, slide it off and keep it, but discard the old filter.

Step 3: Slide the old cap inside the new filter after taking out the new cap as well as the protective coverings of the O-rings.

Step 4: Keeping the cap handle vertically positioned, push the new filter into the slot made for it. Keep turning it till it becomes horizontal.

Step 5: Run water to clean the filter out properly.

Model 2: EDR1RXD1

This fridge model fits inside the filter, which is located on the top-right corner of the fridge.

Step 1: Open the compartment door and take the old filter out and discard it.

Step 2: Take out the protective coverings of the O-rings and put in the new filter after ensuring that the arrow points in the upward direction. If it gets stuck, then keep turning it till the grooves have aligned.

Step 3: The entrance to the compartment closes by itself when it aligns the way it should. However, you must manually push it so it shuts properly.

Step 4: Clean the filter with water.

Model 3: EDR2RXD1

The new water filter must be fitted in where the old water filter was located on the top right corner.

Step 1: First, you must open the door leading to the filter compartment. Then, pull on to the filter, maneuvering it to the left. After discarding it, take out the cover as well as the protective coverings of the O-rings from the new filter.

Step 2: Check that the arrow is pointing upward, and thereafter insert it inside the compartment for the filter. Once done, shut the door.

Step 3: Turn on the water supply, so that water can run through it and clean it.

Model 4: EDR4RXD1

This model is used with the fridge having a filter compartment toward the right of the roof.

Step 1: Pull on the visible lever to open the compartment door.

Step 2: Pull the filter out by turning it to the left, and get rid of it after. 

Step 3: Slide the new filter inside the compartment and check that it aligns well. After that, push it inside and turn it slightly to the right side. Ensure that it has been locked in.

Step 4: Shut the compartment door and turn on the water, so it can wash through.

Model 5: EDR3RXD1

The compartment of the filter is towards the left of the fridge base grille for this model.

Step 1: Eject the filter by pressing the button located on the door, and then remove the black cap and throw the filter away.

Step 2: Thereafter, pick up the new filter, and substitute the blue cap with the black one taken from the old filter. Ensure that the O-rings stay intact once the blue cap has been removed.

Step 3: Put the new filter into the compartment after ensuring that the arrow points upward. Once the eject button protrudes out, you’ll know that it is inside fully.

Step 4: Switch on the water so that it runs through the filter and cleans it in the process.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Where can I find my model number?

It is indicated on the left wall of the refrigerator.

Why is my refrigerator working but not cooling?

Poor cooling could be a symptom of clogged coils. For this, ensure that nothing is caught in the condenser fan and it’s freely spinning. However, keep in mind that rear coil models don’t have a fan. 

Now to ensure that the condenser fan works fine, take it out. Plug the wire of the fridge back in and ensure that the fan runs when the compressor is running.

Why is the freezer cold, but the fridge isn’t?

You might have noticed that sometimes the refrigerator is warm to the touch, but the freezer is cold, despite the evaporator fan motor not working. To fix this, locate the evaporator fan and attempt spinning the blade. If it doesn’t move then, you must replace the motor with a new one.

Final Thoughts

Like most other electronic devices, KitchenAid refrigerators have small computer chips within them. Because of these, they’re also rendered vulnerable to certain computer bugs.

Moreover, older models that have been around for a few years might freeze and stop responding. This happens especially when there’s an influx of commands or commands that are conflicting. In such a situation, the device becomes confused and shuts down. So, the fridge needs to be reset to come back into action!

Additionally, in such circumstances, you’ll typically notice an ice maker that refuses to respond and an error message. When a simple fridge reset doesn’t work, the control panel should be reset, and that should fix the problem.

With this, we’ve come to the end of this guide and hope to see you again!

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