Troubleshooting Tips- How to Change Refrigerator Filter

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Changing your refrigerator water filter is easy, but that doesn’t mean it can’t come with a set of challenges. Below we’ll give you common issues that arise when replacing your refrigerator water filter and troubleshooting tips for each one.

If you have your own troubleshooting advice, feel free to leave them in the comments below. If you feel like we missed anything, let us know and we’ll gladly add it in!

Common Installation Mistakes

First off, let’s start with common installation mistakes that could cause the installation of your new filter to go less than smoothly:

  1. Protective caps not removed from your new filter. Prior to installing your new refrigerator filter, remember to remove any protective caps from it.
  2. Failure to flush the filter. Many forget to do this, but it should never be forgotten. You can find out how and why to flush your filter here.
  3. For base-grill filters, don’t throw away the reusable knob, you may need it later!

Now let’s get into the troubleshooting!

Refrigerator not dispensing water after replacing filter

If this happens, then the water filter is most likely not snapped in all the way. If you feel that it is, and you’re still having issues, it could be the water valve leading to the refrigerator. To check, re-install the old filter. If water comes of the old filter and not the new filter, then there is an installation problem with the new filter and not the water valve. If water does not come out of the old or new filter, then the problem is the water valve.

Small Drip or Leak after installing the filter

Remove the fridge filter and re-fit it into the refrigerator with a sharp twist to lock into position.

Water Flow is Irregular

If this happens, there is likely still air in the lines. Press down the dispenser lever for 2 minutes until the water starts to flow freely.

Difficulty with removing or installing filter

There is no secret to this. Sometimes all that is needed is a little extra force. For removal, the problem is sometimes pulling the filter down and out. Try rocking the filter sideways while pulling down, this should work. TIP: Remove the top shelf from the refrigerator as its sudden release could cause damage. For installation, apply more force and keep turning to lock into position.

Water tastes different

Refrigerator water filters cannot add anything to the taste of water as they only remove chemicals and contaminants from your water. The older the fridge filter is that you are replacing, the more likely you are to notice a taste difference as your drinking water is now under greater (and more effective) filtration that it had been.

Water filter appears to be clogged, before its time to be replaced

Depending on water quality and usage, your refrigerator water filter may not last the full 6-months. If your water flow starts to slow, it could be clogged and would need to be replaced. Of course, if you have experienced a sudden drop of water quality (could be caused by a number of factors/situations) it is best to determine exactly what is wrong by conducting a water test. You can do this yourself, or have your municipal water source supply you with the information.

Related articles:

How to Change Your Refrigerator Water Filter

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

Resetting Your Refrigerator Indicator Light

Washable Air Filter vs. Disposable Air Filter – Which is the best choice?

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We all know that air filters keep our heating and air conditioning units in our homes working efficiently.  The purpose of an air filter is to catch and trap particles like dust, pollen, and pet dander that circulate throughout the home.  So choosing the best air filter is important but can also be confusing because of the different varieties that are on the market today. If we want to keep the air quality in our homes to be clean and healthy as possible, we have to be diligent on keeping a clean air filter. Keep in mind, not all air filters offer the same performance.

What type of air filter are you using today?  Let’s take a moment and compare the washable air filter and the disposable air filter.

Performance

Washable air filters usually have a MERV rating of 1 to 4.  They can effectively catch larger particles like dust and soot.  But if you have a pet, the pet dander is too small to be caught in this type of filter.  Even bacteria, viruses and smoke are not effectively filtered out.

Disposable air filters are more effective in capturing small particles (dust, allergens, pet dander, smoke, bacteria, and viruses) and MERV ratings go as high as 16.

Maintenance

Washable air filters require you maintain them monthly.  Once you have washed off all of the dust, you must make sure that it thoroughly dries before placing back in your unit.  If placed back when it’s damp or wet, you are inviting bacteria and fungus to form, and then circulating it throughout your home.

Disposable air filters simply require you removing the old one, tossing it in the garbage and replacing with a new one. Done! This air filter takes less time and less effort when it comes to maintenance.

Cost

Washable air filters are costly and most are meant to be last several years.

Disposable air filters are reasonably inexpensive.

If you would like to learn more about these two types of air filters, or need help to determine if you are using the right air filter, please visit www.filtersfast.com.   Find out which is the best product that you should be using to keep your heating and air conditioning unit working more efficiently for you.

Winter Savings: Saving Money in the Winter

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Trying to cut energy cost in your home during the winter months can be a bit of a challenge on your wallet. No one likes to pay high energy bills. Today’s blog will give some simple suggestions to help you make some changes in your energy use so that you can keep more of your hard earned money in your own pocket!

Sunshine                                  

Open your drapes or blinds after the sun has come up to let it naturally warm your room.  Close them as the sun goes down to help insulate the room after dark.

Turn down the thermostat

Did you know that for every degree you lower your heat in the 60 to 70 degree range you save 5% of your heating cost? Turn that thermostat to 68 degrees and start saving!

Clean/Replace those air filters

When your air filter is dirty, air flow is restricted, causing an increase in energy use, which equals higher electric bills. Not to mention the strain that it is placing on your unit when it’s dirty!

Fireplace

When you are not using the fireplace, close the damper. When the damper is open, the heated air from your heating system is being pulled out of your home up through your chimney, causing you to lose up to 8% of  your heating system’s air. Just don’t forget to open it before you light up your fireplace!

Wasted Energy

Turn off all lights in any unoccupied rooms and unplug any appliances that you are not using. That extra refrigerator you have for storing cold drinks can add 10 to 25 percent to your electric bill.

Hot Water

Shorter showers can save hundreds of gallons of hot water for a family of four over a month’s time. Did you know that 2/3 of your water heating costs is from taking showers? By cutting your showers in half you can reduce your water heating costs by 33%. When doing laundry, try to wash mostly in cold water, as this will reduce your washer’s energy use by 75%. Consider wrapping your hot water tank with jacket insulation, and you can see a savings up to 10% on water heating costs.

Computers

Turn your computer off if you aren’t using it.  Even in sleep mode it is still drawing a small amount of electricity.

I hope that you find some of these suggestions helpful in saving you money. As always, be sure to visit www.filtersfast.com for all of your air and water filtration needs.