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Can I operate a Kenmore side by side refrigerator with the water filter removed?

I am trying to determine whether there will be any problem in the operation of a Whirlpool made Kenmore side by side refrigerator, with the water filter in the base grill, if I take the filter completely out. I already have a whole house water filtration system, and I don't want to use the refrigerator filter and have the semi-annual expense of replacing it.

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Manage My Life
Hi Sailor9,My name is Debbie in regards to your question yes when you remove the filter you may have some spillage but thats normal no it will not leak having a whole house filteration system is great the refrigerator will not need doulble filteration so it would be fine to run it without one as for the ice and water you still have water coming into the unit so the answer is yes you still will have ice and water.enjoy:)
by Manage My Life
April 2nd, 2010
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Fred M
Without a model number it is difficult to give you certain answer but on most Kenmore side by side refrigerator you can run it with the filter removed.

The filter can be removed and there should be no leak and the ice maker and water dispenser should work just like before except the water is not filtered.

See the excerpt concerning this from a typical Kenmore side by side in the image below. There might be a cap from the dispenser that must be properly installed to allow water to be dispensed without a filter.

I hope this information is helpful to you but submit another question with any additional details and a model number for further assistance.
by Fred M Earned 4,280 community points in Appliances
April 3rd, 2010
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