Flushing Your Refrigerator Water Filter: How and Why You Should Do It

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When replacing your refrigerator water filter, it is always recommended to “flush” it before use. Flushing your filter means to run water through it several times before using the filter for consumption. All you need is a container that fits into the water dispenser of your refrigerator.

Why do I need to flush my filter?

Regardless of what refrigerator model you have, your fridge filter is most likely made out of a carbon media block that is formed to fit the shape of your filter. When your filter is properly installed, water runs through this block to filter out any particles and contaminants picked up before it enters your refrigerator.

Manufacturing and shipping cause the carbon particles in the filter media to knock loose. This causes the first few glasses of water to contain bits of carbon which causes it to look cloudy and gray. While the carbon bits will not harm you, most will not want to drink it as it can leave a bitter taste.

How do I flush my refrigerator filter?

Most manufacturers recommend that you run 3-5 gallons of water through your refrigerator water filter before using it for household purposes. For refrigerators that don’t dispense water, discard the first two batches of ice because the carbon particles can get frozen in ice cubes. In general, flushing your filter follows 4 basic steps:

To flush:

1. Grab a large container that fits in the water dispenser of the refrigerator (this can be a large measuring cup, a large drinking cup or anything big enough that conveniently and comfortably fits into the dispenser)

2. Position the container in the water dispenser and press in to begin dispensing water and fill the container

The number of times you will need to fill the container depends on the type of container you are using. For example, if you are using a 4-cup measuring cup, you will need to fill it four times to make 1 gallon. Remember: four cups equal one quart and four quarts equal one gallon.

3. Discard the water into the sink. You can reserve the water for watering any plants (tiny carbon bits will not harm the plants)

4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have flushed 3-5 gallons of water

For specific directions to flush your refrigerator water filter, check the owner’s manual. Instructions can vary slightly depending on the type of filter you have so the owner’s manual will be the safest way to ensure all installation and set-up processes are followed correctly.

Regardless of the type of refrigerator you have, you can find your refrigerator water filter here. If you have any questions leave them in the comments below and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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Don’t Forget to Change

Changing filters is an important part of home maintenance. However, 1 in 4 Americans admit to forgetting to change their filters. Are you one? If you are, don’t worry. Remembering to change your filters can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be.

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We offer refrigerator water filters, furnace filters, humidifier filters and much more. FiltersFast.com is the source to change your filters.

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The Filter Cheat Sheet: When should you change your filters? How do you know when it is time to change your filters?

4 Mistakes Homeowners Don’t Know They’re Making: Are you making one of the four common mistakes made by homeowners?

What Happens if I Don’t Change My Air Filter? Not changing your air filter can have major consequences.

Buying Generic/Compatible Products: Even Air and Refrigerator Filters!

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One of my favorite budgeting tips is to use compatible products.  Compatible, generic, comparable; whichever term you prefer, it basically means you are NOT using the “name brand” item, but rather a product of equal quality, but different brand.  A recent study by economists at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business found that Americans can save nearly $1 billion per year by buying generic products.

There are a lot of commonly known products that we think to buy generic.  Here are a few:

  • Groceries (baby formula, food and drinks)
  • Clothes/ fashion accessories
  • Cleaning products
  • Make-up/ sunscreen/ personal care items
  • Medications
  • Batteries

But did you also know there are some other commonly used household products that are available as generic?  FiltersFast.com, the leading source in online retail for air and water filtration products, offers a variety of compatible items.  Whether you are looking to replace your home’s air filters, refrigerator filters or even swimming pool filters; FilterFast.com provides the name brand item, but also offers you more economical options by way of compatible filters.

For example, if you are looking for the Maytag replacement filter in the above picture, you can find it at FiltersFast.com, but you will also find a perfectly comparable filter (non-Maytag) as well.  The side-by-side graphic above shows the price difference.  In this case, the Maytag being $29.95 and the compatible filter being $19.95!  Then the choice is yours!

Another example is for air filters.  Generally these must be replaced at least 4 times per year, which can quickly add up.  Did you know that FiltersFast.com offers all of the brands you trust for quality air filtration, as well as their own brand of air filters?  This 6 pack of Filters Fast brand filters will save you $17.00 over the comparable name brand of the same quality!

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As you can see, by checking into buying generic (comparable, compatible) products, you can save money without sacrificing quality.  In addition to your standard off-brand items, such as groceries, there are other nontraditional items to investigate as well.

Visit FiltersFast.com for a wide range of air and filtration products and brands!

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