Buying the right water filter for your Samsung refrigerator comes with some hitches, and you may be unsure how to install. Besides, the cost adds up on a six month replacement schedule.

In this article, we'll show you all you need to know about water filters for refrigerator and how to make an informed buying decision for Samsung as well as private branded filters.


Finding the correct filter part number for your Samsung fridge

Different models require different sizes and shapes of water filters. These water filters for Samsung refrigerators are classified into three categories based on their shapes and sizes.

Knowing the right type of water filter for your refrigerator needs is the first step to putting a water filter. However, you should know your refrigerator's model number to help you figure the best water filter that fits. But how do you figure this out?

Water Filters for Samsung Refrigerators

First locate your current Samsung refrigerator model number

The best way to recognize your Samsung refrigerator model and serial number is that they all start with an "R" (The only exception is the built in Chef Series models that start with "BR"). They are usually printed at the bottom left side of the refrigerator.

Aside from this spot, which is on the outside, there is another printed on the inside top frame wall of the refrigerator. The picture guide below will help you understand better.

Where is the Model Number on a Samsung Refrigerator
Where is the Model Number on a Samsung Refrigerator

Choose from these 3 available filter options

Samsung is part of our coveted best refrigerator brands ranking with its wide selection. One wishes that all fridges used the same water filter but that is not the case. Still, the company did a good job in standardizing its water filters with only 3 options.

Samsung HAF-CIN/EXP Water Filter

Also known as HAFIN2, DA29-00020B, or DA29-00019A

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Filter Media: Carbon Block | Capacity: 300 gallons; 6 months | Flow Rate: 0.5 gpm | Operating Pressure: 30 - 125 psi | Operating Temperature: 34 - 100°F | NSF Certified: Yes

You just improved your water security to a whole new level with the HAF-CIN water filter for Samsung refrigerators. This Samsung filter ensures that you have access to the cleanest and safest water on a daily basis. It also assures that your refrigerator and, of course, your home is secured from any looming health hazard.

It comes with a high range carbon filter that screens your water of more than 90 percent of toxic substances. This way, it ensures that sediments are removed from your water, so they don’t get into your system or remain in your gadget. These sediments, when accumulated, tend to bring about a malfunction, the filter eliminates this problem.

The HAF-CIN water filter comes with three major National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certifications. The NSF 42 means it's certified to reduce chlorine, taste, and odor. The NSF 53 means it is free of lead, mercury, and benzene, while the NSF 372 certification is for lead-free water. It filters over 300 gallons of water by passing the water through external surfaces to the center of the cartridge.

The HAF-CIN water can be used on specific Samsung refrigerators like the side by side, French door, and Top Freezer refrigerators. It's compatible with the following models:

Compatible with the following Samsung refrigerators:

French Door Refrigerators: RF22K9381SG, RF22K9381SR, RF22K9581SG, RF22K9581SR, RF22KREDBSG, RF22KREDBSR, RF22M9581SG, RF22M9581SR, RF23HCEDBBC, RF23HCEDBSR, RF23HCEDBWW, RF23HCEDTSR, RF23HSESBSR, RF23HTEDBSR, RF23J9011SG, RF23J9011SR, RF24FSEDBSR, RF24J9960S4, RF25HMEDBBC, RF25HMEDBSG, RF25HMEDBSR, RF25HMEDBWW, RF260BEAEBC, RF260BEAESG, RF260BEAESP, RF260BEAESR, RF260BEAEWW, RF261BEAEBC, RF261BEAESG, RF261BEAESP, RF261BEAESR, RF261BEAEWW, RF263BEAEBC, RF263BEAESG, RF263BEAESP, RF263BEAESR, RF263BEAEWW, RF263TEAEBC, RF263TEAESG, RF263TEAESP, RF263TEAESR, RF263TEAEWW, RF265BEAESG, RF265BEAESR, RF26HFENDSR, RF26J7500BC, RF26J7500SR, RF26J7500WW, RF28HDEDBSR, RF28HDEDPBC, RF28HDEDPWW, RF28HDEDTSR, RF28HFEDBBC, RF28HFEDBSG, RF28HFEDBSR, RF28HFEDBWW, RF28HFEDTBC, RF28HFEDTSG, RF28HFEDTSR, RF28HMEDBBC, RF28HMEDBSR, RF28HMEDBWW, RF28HMELBSR, RF28JBEDBSG, RF28JBEDBSR, RF28K9070SG, RF28K9070SR, RF28K9380SG, RF28K9380SR, RF28K9580SG, RF28K9580SR, RF28M9580SG, RF28M9580SR, RF30HBEDBSR, RF30HDEDTSR, RF30KMEDBSG, RF30KMEDBSR, RF31FMEDBBC, RF31FMEDBSR, RF31FMEDBWW, RF31FMESBSR, RF323TEDBBC, RF323TEDBSR, RF323TEDBWW, RF32FMQDBSR, RF32FMQDBXW, RF34H9950S4, RF34H9960S4

Side by Side Refrigerators: RH22H9010SG, RH22H9010SR, RH25H5611BC, RH25H5611SG, RH25H5611SR, RH25H5611WW, RH29H8000SR, RH29H9000SR, RH30H9500SR, RS25H5000BC, RS25H5000SR, RS25H5000WW, RS25H5111BC, RS25H5111SG, RS25H5111SR, RS25H5111WW, RS25H5121BC, RS25H5121SR, RS25H5121WW, RS25J500DBC, RS25J500DSG, RS25J500DSR, RS25J500DWW


Filter Option 2: Samsung HAF-CU1/EXP Water Filter

Also known as DA29-00003A or DA29-00003B

Filter Media: Carbon Block | Capacity: 300 gallons; 6 months | Flow Rate: 0.5 gpm | Operating Pressure: 30 - 125 psi | Operating Temperature: 34 - 100°F | NSF Certified: Yes

Lead is dangerous to human health and should be combated with a very potent solution. HAFCU1 water filter guarantees you 99.6 percent lead reduction with its NSF 53 certification. The coconut shell carbon black filter ensures the expulsion of toxic substances from drinking water.

Also, the water filter improves your water taste to a refreshing standard by reducing chlorine and odor in tap water. It also features accuracy in function, a quality that helps it check the problems of water leakages and easier installation. It tops off its goodness with the fact that its budget-friendly and cost-efficient.

The HAFCU1 water filter functions optimally for 6 months, purifying over a thousand liters in the process. It comes in only one in a pack.

Just like every other filter, it works best with some certain Samsung refrigerator models and types. See the list below for compatibility:

Compatible with the following Samsung refrigerators:

RS22HDHPNBC, RS22HDHPNSR, RS22HDHPNWW, RS27FDBTNSR, RB195BSSB, RF263AEBP, RF263AEPN, RF263AERS, RF263AEWP, RF263AFBP, RF263AFRS, RF263AFWP, RF265AABP, RF265AARS, RF265AASH, RF265AAWP, RF265ABBP, RF265ABPN, RF265ABRS, RF265ABWP, RF266AABP, RF266AARS, RF266AASH, RF266AAWP, RF266ABBP, RF266ABPN, RF266ABRS, RF266ABWP, RF266AEBP, RF266AEPN, RF266AERS, RF266AEWP, RF266AFRS, RF267AABP, RF267AARS, RF267AASH, RF267AAWP, RF267ABBP, RF267ABPN, RF267ABRS, RF267ABWP, RF267AEBP, RF267AEPN, RF267AERS, RF267AEWP, RF267AFBP, RF267AFRS, RF267AFWP, RF267HERS, RF268ABBP, RF268ABPN, RF268ABRS, RF268ABWP, RF26DEPN, RF26VABBP, RF26VABPN, RF26VABWP, RF26XAEBP, RF26XAEPN, RF26XAERS, RF26XAEWP, RF28HDEDPBC, RFG237AABP, RFG237AAPN, RFG237AARS, RFG237AAWP, RFG237ACRS, RFG238AABP, RFG238AAPN, RFG238AARS, RFG238AAWP, RFG295AABP, RFG295AAPN, RFG295AARS, RFG295AAWP, RFG297AABP, RFG297AAPN, RFG297AARS, RFG297AAWP, RFG297ACBP, RFG297ACRS, RFG297ACWP, RFG298AABP, RFG298AAPN, RFG298AARS, RFG298AAWP, RFG299AARS, RH269LBSH, RM257ABBP, RM257ABRS, RM257ACPN, RM257ACRS, RS21HKLBG, RS21HKLMR, RS22HDHPNBC, RS22HDHPNSR, RS22HDHPNWW, RS2520SW, RS2530BBP, RS2530BSH, RS2530BWP, RS2531SW, RS2533SW, RS2533VQ, RS2534BB, RS2534VQ, RS2534WW, RS253BABB, RS253BASB, RS253BAVQ, RS253BAWW, RS2542SH, RS2544SL, RS2545SH, RS2555BB, RS2555SL, RS2555SW, RS2556BB, RS2556SH, RS2556WW, RS255BABB, RS255BASB, RS2577BB, RS2577SL, RS2577SW, RS2578BB, RS2578SH, RS2578WW, RS257BARB, RS2622SW, RS2623SL, RS2623VQ, RS2623WW, RS2630ASH, RS2630AWW, RS2630SH, RS2630WW, RS263BBSH, RS263BBWP, RS2644SL, RS264ABBP, RS264ABRS, RS264ABSH, RS264ABWP, RS265BBWP, RS265LABP, RS265LBBP, RS265LBWP, RS2666SW, RS267BBBB, RS267BBRS, RS267BBSH, RS267BBWP, RS267LABB, RS267LABP, RS267LARS, RS267LASH, RS267LAWP, RS267LAWW, RS267LBBP, RS267LBRS, RS267LBSH, RS269LARS, RS26XUSW, RS275ACBP, RS275ACPN, RS275ACRS, RS275ACWP, RS2777SL, RS277ACBP, RS277ACPN, RS277ACRS, RS277ACWP, RS27FDBTNSR, RS27KGRS, RSC6FWRS, RSC6FWSH, RSC6JWSH, RSC6JWWP, RSC6KWRS, RSG257AABP, RSG257AAPN, RSG257AARS, RSG257AAWP, RSG5FURS, SRT768VFHW, TS48WLUS


Filter Option 3: HAF-QIN Water Filter

Also known as DA97-17376B, DA97-08006A or DA97-08006B

Filter Media: Carbon Block | Capacity: 300 gallons; 6 months | Flow Rate: 0.4 gpm | Operating Pressure: 30 - 120 psi | Operating Temperature: 34 - 100°F | NSF Certified: Yes

The HAF-QIN water filter comes with many similarities to the other Samsung refrigerator water filters but is also unique in its special way. It comes with a flow rate of 0.4 GPM and an improved pressure rate of 207-862 KPA. This high-grade carbon block expels many dangerous toxic substances from our drinking water.

Not only does it give your family a fresher and safer taste of water, but it also promises a leak-proof and easier installation. With a lightweight of just 12 pounds, installing the HAF-QIN water filter is as easy as you can imagine. However, always ensure that it’s a fit for the refrigerator model to avoid user inconveniences.

It's the best fit for Side by side refrigerators and the top freezer but doesn't fit well with the French door refrigerators. It comes in a pack of 1 and doesn't come with or require a battery. The filter is tested and certified NSF/ANSI standards 42 and 372-(improved taste, chlorine, and lead-free).

Compatible with the following Samsung refrigerators:

RF23M8070SG, RF23M8070SR, RF23M8090SG, RF23M8090SR, RF23M8570SG, RF23M8570SR, RF23M8590SG, RF23M8590SR, BRF365200AP, BRF425200AP, RF23M8960S4, RF23M8960MT


How To: Changing your Samsung fridge filter

We have been all about water filters, but of what good would it be if you don't know the procedures of installation. If you have gotten the right water filter for your refrigerator, the next thing would be to install it and start enjoying clean water. Here is a guide on how to change your water filter.

HOW-TO: CHANGING YOUR SAMSUNG REFRIGERATOR FILTER

Step 1) Confirm You Have Gotten the Right Model

This is the first thing you should do to confirm you have the correct water filter for your refrigerator. We have given an elaborate guide on how to ascertain this. Just make sure it is compatible with your refrigerator model because it mostly comes with a no-return policy.

HOW-TO: CHANGING YOUR SAMSUNG REFRIGERATOR FILTER

Step 2) Find Where the Samsung Water Filter Is Placed On Your Refrigerator

The location of the water filter is dependent on the configuration of the Samsung refrigerator. Each refrigerator type has a different framework and so differs in filter location. This is the major difference in installation procedures for different refrigerator types.

  • French door Refrigerator: the water filter on a French door refrigerator can be found in the middle compartment. This is between the fresh items drawer and the top drawer. This compartment is where the fresh food is stored on the French door refrigerator.
  • Side By Side Refrigerator: the water filter location on a Side by side refrigerator can be spotted bottom right drawer. This drawer is where the fresh food items are kept.
  • Four Flex Refrigerator: the four flex refrigerator model has its water filter located at the mid-row trunk between the food section and top drawer.
  • Chef Series Built-in Refrigerator: You will find the water filter at the bottom left corner of your fridge.

HOW-TO: CHANGING YOUR SAMSUNG REFRIGERATOR FILTER

Step 3) Water Filter Installation

  • First, you'll have to prepare the filter for installation by removing the plastic foil that wraps the new filter under the top cap.
  • After this, you have to turn off the water supply before removing the existing filter so that the pressure won't hold it back.
  • Turn the filter knob anti-clockwise to release it.
  • Pull down the existing filter and set it aside.
  • Replace the old filter with the new one. Push it up and screw in a clockwise manner until it gets tight enough.

HOW-TO: CHANGING YOUR SAMSUNG REFRIGERATOR FILTER

Step 4) Run About 3 Liters of Water through the Dispenser to Dissipate Pressure

Before using your dispenser normally, you should run three liters of water to ease the pressure that has stored up. This is very necessary to avoid pressure blast, which could damage the filter. The air sounds that last while you're getting the water is normal. After five seconds, you can start dispensing water.

HOW-TO: CHANGING YOUR SAMSUNG REFRIGERATOR FILTER

Step 5) Reset the Change Water Filter Indicator

The change indicator will become red when the water filter is due for change (this is when the filter has cleansed 300 gallons or after 6months). And will continue being that way until you reset it. Just hold down the crushed ice maker button for three seconds and then release it. That's if your water filter is set to function.


Samsung Fridge Filter 101 - The Basics

Why Do I Need To Change My Water Filter In The First Place?

Water filters ensure safe drinking water for families, and like every other home, gadgets need to be changed from time to time. But why is this change necessary? I give you some reasons why you need to change your water filter

  • For a better water void of taste and smell
  • To expel sediments and fine particles from drinking water
  • To avoid absorption of toxic substances into the water due to weak filter function
  • To maintain average water pressure in your dispenser

How Do Refrigerator Water Filters Work?

Water filters act as a screen that removes toxic contaminants from your water supply. The water runs through it during the dispensing process from the exterior surface through to the center of the cartridge. This is where the carbon block is situated and the germs trapped. They act as cleansers not just for your water dispenser but also for the ice maker.


What Happens If I Don't Change My Fridge Filter?

I get it; you may be tempted to use your fridge filter for as long as you can, as long as the water tastes good. A lot of folks would do the same.
But then, it may not be a good idea as many of the contaminants are "tasteless".

  • Slow discharge from the water fountain, not enough ice is made. It is the precise function of the filter to retain "debris" and release fresh water. Over time debris builds up inside the filter and makes it harder for water to flow.

  • Potential Growth Of Bacteria: As particals are collected inside the filter the environment can turn into a petri dish.

  • Filter will start letting contminants flow through: IWhen the pores of your filter are blocked with tiny particles, the pressure of the water will force some of these particles and contaminants into your water. You know what that means, right? Your water will no longer be safe for drinking.


How Often Do I Need To Change The Water Filter?

It's not wrong to change your water filter a few times a year. As long as you can afford it, you can change it as often as you can. This is because most filters are made of carbon blocks, which accumulate microorganisms over a period of time.

If you can't change it numerous times a year, at least ensure you change it every six months. Most filters are built to sieve a maximum of 300 gallons of water, which would practically take six months of home usage.

Any filter used for more than six months or above the stipulated volume of water will put you at risk of drinking contaminated water.


How Do I Save Money On Water Filters?

Water filters come mostly in a pack of one, and continually buying in this manner will not be cost-efficient. Samsung water filters have some subscription services that help to reduce the costs. Moreover, there is a significant discount when you purchase the 2-pack or 3-pack water filter.


Why Use Genuine Filters?

Samsung Genuine Water filters are guaranteed to reduce contaminants, and also they tested and certified by NSF/ANSI. Furthermore, genuine water filters assure you the best fit for your refrigerator models. Third-party filters most times don't fit even when it matches the model.

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The best way to ascertain the ingenuity of your water filter is as follows:

  • Find the authentication tag at the back of the filter and tear it out.
  • A magnet is provided in the filter pack; place the authentication tag over the magnet.
  • If it shows green stripes, then it's genuine, but if it doesn't, you should visit your filter provider.

Are There Any Reputable Third Party Manufacturers Of Filters?

Waterdrop makes water filters that are compatible with most models of Samsung refrigerators. They also have the NSF 53 and 42 certifications that are similar to Samsung water filters. Also, water filters from G.E, Frigidaire, Propur, and Premium are also reputable and certified.


What Governing Body Sets Standards for Water Filters?

If you look around your water filter carefully, you will find a logo on it that bears the abbreviation, NSF.

It's the standard logo of the National Sanitation Foundation, an international body that is concerned with the development of various public health standards and certifications for the production of food, water, and consumer products.

That logo proves that your water filter has been tested and approved to have met certain requirements. NSF has different standards with different codes. Most common standards that apply to residential water filters are as follows:

  • NSF 42 means your filter has been certified to reduce chlorine taste and odor particulate class.
  • NSF 53 means your filter is certified to remove lead, cysts, mercury, benzene, and endrin. All of them are contaminants that pose health hazards as regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • NSF 401 means your water filter is certified to remove contaminants from pharmaceutical residue and chemical depositions. They include Atenolol, Estrone, Linuron, Trimethoprim.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions and their answers

Q: Why are there black sooty particles in filtered water?
A: Carbon particles may spill out from their blocks as a result of shipping inconveniences. And sometimes they seep into the first few releases of water.
Q: Do water filters have expiration dates?
A: As long as they have not been installed, and are kept in a cool, dry place, Samsung filters can stay a lifetime on the shelves.
Q: Do I need to lubricate the gaskets on my filter?
A: Samsung Filters comes with a USDA food-grade silicone lubricant that has been applied in the factory. So there is no need for extra lubricants.
Q: When should I change my water filter?
A: Water filters should be changed every six months or after 300 gallons. The filter indicator helps with a reminder.
Q: What is the ideal operating temperature for my Samsung refrigerator?
A: According to the USDA Guide, you should set your Samsung refrigerator to >40°F for refrigerated foods and -2°F for frozen foods.
Q: What is active carbon vs carbon block?
A: Active carbon filters have lose carbon granules, on the other hand carbon block filters have a fine mesh of carbon granules that are 7 to 19 times smaller than that of active carbon granules. Therefore, carbon block filters tend to be more effective.

Please see Samsung website for most up to date information.


Conclusion

The presence of minerals like lead and mercury in our drinking water exposes us to unwanted health risks. But with the help of water filters for Samsung refrigerators, these risks are reduced to the barest minimum.