Edit: proper 301 redirect from my Amazon review link to the correct page. Whoops.
I can always sense when the refrigerator water filter is about at the end of its life. Can you also notice that the water starts to taste a bit different? And the ice starts to look not as clear and leaves a little mineral residue after melting?
Icon Blue to Red
I noticed the Samsung refrigerator water filter icon, on the front panel, slowly changing from blue to purple and finally to red. I took a look inside the fridge to double check that the filter’s time has come to be replaced. And yes the sticker I applied gives a date of a little over six months ago.
Amazon Has the Best Price
Update: Samsung filter looks sold out on Amazon. Buy this one instead, Ecofresca Filter.
As you can see from the following link buying directly from DA29-00003F Samsung Aqua Pure Plus Refrigerator Filter, this is the cheapest you will find the product.
Ecofresca EFW-DA2903 Water Filter
Because the Samsung replacement filter is no longer sold on Amazon I tried out the Ecofresca EFW-DA2903 filter. Pictures below comparing the old to new filter. Left is Ecofresca and Right is OEM Samsung. Ecofesca is made in Korea and is a direct fit.
Change the Refrigerator Water Filter
Its now time for the semi-annual refrigerator water filter change. Very happy buying through Amazon as they sell the cheapest authentic Samsung filter that I can find. Cheap and gets here within a couple of days.
The Filter Arrives
The filter arrived and I couldn’t wait to go back to better tasting water. The box came with 2-day Prime, even though we don’t subscribe to that service. Works for me. The taste gradually changes up until the filter icon turns red on the fridge. At that point the water taste is off. I opened the package and was happy to see what looks to be another OEM Samsung Aqua-Pure Plus Filter. The package contents include the filter sealed with a red cap, instructions, and stickers for each month to know when to replace.
Time to Install
After removing the old filter, I ripped the seal off of the new filter, removed the red cap and went in blind. This isn’t very hard to replace, or is it? I tried to push the new filter up into the holder and twist until the filter grabbed. It would grab slightly but wouldn’t turn. I thought that was odd and first thing I thought was did I buy the wrong filter? That doesn’t sound right since I used the same link from the two previous filter changes. I looked up the model number again and compared to what we bought before. All models changed into the same Samsung DA29-00003G Aqua-Pure Plus Refrigerator Water Filter. Now I felt stumped.
Multiple Parts under the Same Part Number?
With no way of forcing the new filter into the holder, I took a close look between the old and new water filters. What is this? The teeth look different? How can the same part number have different parts? I started to search a bit more and came across just one review with the same problem. But that’s it, the teeth are different. No pictures, no more info, just the new product didn’t work. Now we have a problem finding a new filter then.
What Do We Do?
For now all I can say is that the teeth can be different on the same part number, Samsung DA29-00003G Aqua-Pure Plus Refrigerator Water Filter. The current OEM filter that was shipped August 2014 does not match into my 2 year old Samsung-RSG257AARS counter depth side by side refrigerator. Realizing the main problem is to see the teeth from a new box you must first open the box, remove the plastic seal around the filter, and then remove the red top. I don’t think a store will like me doing that. I am including a picture of the current model sticker as there are no dates or anything specific on the older filter’s sticker.
I will keep this post updated as I figure this out. But until then it may be a crapshoot if the OEM filter you order will work inside of your fridge.
For now if your refrigerator calls for DA29-00003F Samsung Aqua Pure Plus Refrigerator Filter, order the F instead of G. Even though DA29-00003F has been discontinued according to everything I come across.
Buy this -> Ecofresca Filter
Buy this -> Samsung DA29-00003F Aqua Pure Plus Refigerator Filter
Not this -> Samsung DA29-00003G Aqua-Pure Plus Refrigerator Water Filter
Edit2:Samsung no longer sold at Amazon, buy Ecofresca Filter which fits fine.
Edit: Made this more clear to link to the F filter below.