Changing the water filter on your refrigerator is put off or forgotten by many people, and since people don’t typically see the water filter every day its easy to forget about. Remembering to change your water filter is important because after a certain amount of time the filter stops filtering out the contaminates you originally installed the filter to filter out. So take a minute to learn when to change your water filter, the different types of water filters, the consequences of not changing your water filter, and how to change your water filter.
When to Change your Water Filter
- Regular Use
- Most water filter manufacturers recommend that you change your water filter every six months. This is because usually by the six month mark the water filter begins to wear out and may not filter as well as it should be.
- Heavy Use
- If you you use well water, drink a lot of water, or have a large family you most likely fall into the heavy use category of when you should change your water filter. This means that you should most likely change your water filter every 3 months in comparison to the regular 6 months.
- Signs That it is Time to Change Your Water Filter
- You experience a bad taste or odor in your water
- Cloudy Ice
- Slow Flow
The Different Types of Water Filters
There are mainly five different water filters that are used, Activated Carbon Filters, Reverse Osmosis Filters, Alkaline/Water Ionizer Filters, UV Filters, and Infrared Filters. Of these five filter the two most widely used are Activated Carbon Filters, and Reverse Osmosis Filters.
- Activated Carbon Filters
- Activated carbon filters remove the large particles such as sediment, and silt form your water. They do this by absorbing these particles into the filter so that they are no longer present in your water. This is also one of the most commonly used household filters because it does a great job of reducing the chlorine in your water that makes your water have a weird taste and odor.
- Reverse Osmosis Filters
- Reverse osmosis water filters are a little different from other filters because they use a semi-permeable membrane, known as a TFC, to filter all of the sediments from the water. This means that the water is forced though a membrane that traps all the sediment, silt, contaminants, and impurities before it is dispensed to you.
Consequences of not Changing your Water Filter
- Taste Or Odor Changes
- When you don’t change your water filter it starts to become full or clogged with all of the contaminates that it has filtered out of our water since the last time you changed it. This results in your water not being able to go through the filter at all and in some cases the contaminates inside your water filter will break off and enter your water. The filter being full or clogged or the contaminates inside of your filter going into your water can result in your water having a weird taste or odor.
- Cloudy Ice
- It in normal for your ice to be a little bit cloudy and not crystal clear, most ice is actually is clear on the outside and then a little cloudy on the inside. If your ice is abnormally cloudy this could be a result of an unchanged water filter. Your filter is supposed to filter the contaminants out of your water but if the filter is old and already filled with contaminates then is wont filter the water you are using to make your ice. This could result in cloudy ice cubes and water that have impurities that could be easily fixed by changing your water filter.
- Slow Flow
- A normal water dispenser on average should fill up an 8 ounce glass of water within 7 seconds. When a water filter is clogged or partially clogged it will cause the refrigerator to have a slow flow from the dispenser.
- Health and Safety
- Most importantly not changing your water filter can affect your health and safety. Water filters, filter out contaminants, heavy metals, and chemicals from your water such as excessive chlorine and lead. When your water filter isn’t changed it cant protect you from those contaminants.
How To Change Your Refrigerators Water Filter
- Locate where your filter is located inside your refrigerator, it is usually located behind a flap on the side or bottom of the unit.
- Rotate the old filter a quarter or half-turn counterclockwise
- Pull your old filter straight out and discard it.
- Take your new OEM filter and push it into the refrigerator as far as it can go.
- Rotate your new filter a quarter or half-turn clockwise.
- Your filter is successfully changed!
This is a water filter after six months of use…EW!
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Written By: Claire Begalke