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Tip 5 - The Truth about Refrigerator Water Filters

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Just about all fridges with water and icemakers have a water filter somewhere. There are some older fridges that do not. I am in favor of filters and think they are a great idea, however I see way to many people changing the filters when the don’t need to be changed. With the average fridge filter costing $40-$50, these little things get expensive quick. Lots of fridges today have a light that tells you when it is time to change the filter. It usually is something like; green for good, amber for get a new filter, and red when it is time to change it. In EVERY case the appliance has no idea what condition the filter is actually in. It turns the “change filter” light on by one of two methods.

1- Every six months the light automatically comes on. You could be on vacation the whole time and the fridge would tell you that you need a new filter.

2- The refrigerator will count the gallons of water that passes through the system for both the dispenser and making ice. This sounds like a better way and it is except the fridge has no idea what your water quality is.

At my house I have the fridge hooked up to softened water (goes through the water softener) so the majority of junk that plugs the filter is removed before it ever gets to the refrigerator. Again, the fridge has NO idea if the inside of the filter is clean or dirty.

What does Phil do you asked? I change the filter when the water flow slows down coming out of the dispenser. It usually ends being about every two years in my case. Like I said previously, we have soft water going to the fridge. We are also a family of six and consume water and milk pretty much exclusively. It’s better to error on the side of changing the filter to frequently than having to make a service call. It’s cost more money to have me come to your house.

3 Notes:

1- When you see the water flow diminish you need to change the filter right away. You can damage your icemaker if you procrastinate. Trust me! Buy a filter now and keep it on hand for when it needs to be changed.

2- If you have an icemaker only and not a dispenser it is hard to know what the water pressure is. Due to the fact that icemakers are damaged easily when there is bad pressure you need to use caution. Again, better to change the filter too frequently.

3- If your fridge is hooked up to a Reverse Osmosis System (RO System) you should not be using the fridge filter at all. Take it out. You are getting the best water already delivered to your fridge and again if pressure is too low you can damage your icemaker. Most fridges you can remove the filter and the water will still work. They have an automatic bypass built in. Some fridge you need to purchase a bypass filter.

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