I have a kitchenaid water filter myself (a new one, so you know it’s new); and I’ve been using it for 2.5 years, so I can tell you that its a pretty nice system. The only way it could possibly be better is if it has a higher capacity.
If you do have one, though, I recommend that you use it only when you are out of your water. I’ve had bad experiences in the past with kitchenaids that got stuck in the filter, then it would just run dry and start to run out of water when the toilet was flushing. So check your filter regularly, and replace it as soon as you know you’re running low.
I’m not sure what the issue is, but if you have a kitchenaid that stays put in the filter, make sure you use it as soon as you know you’re out of your water. Otherwise you could lose the full capacity of the system if you don’t replace it when you know you’re out of your water.
You can find our guide to how to get kitchenaids out of the filter here (if you’re playing the game, of course).
If you have a kitchenaid with a flush valve that has been sitting in the filter for a while, you might have to clean it out and replace it. But it might be a good idea to keep an eye on your kitchenaid because the system is likely to get clogged with soiled diapers and/or hairballs when you turn it on, making it a bad idea to flush it out.
While it’s true that the water filter will eventually clog up, it’s not a good idea to continue using it until you know the water is out. It’s not impossible to avoid a clog with a simple drain, washcloth, and bucket, but you can’t avoid a clog if you don’t know you have access to it, and you might be out of water.
If you have a water filter, then you have access to the water that is supposedly out. If you have a water filter, then you can turn it on and stop a clog. If you dont know its out, then you have no way to turn it off.
Once I get home from work and I’m sitting on the couch, drinking a glass of water, I do NOT put any water into a water filter.
Of course you can fix this problem by changing the filter, but that will also drain your water. Once you have the water in your tank, you can do the same thing with your washing machine.
This is why I love kitchenaid. I buy one of their bags of water that says they don’t have a way to turn water off and it’s all a big lie. I buy one of their bags of water and it says “please dont turn water off”. I tell it “please dont turn off water”. It’s not a bunch of BS. I’m pretty sure they do make a way.