Some Things You May Not Have Known About Your Refrigerator Filter

Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Filter

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Did you know that the human brain is made up of 95% water? Or that your body is 70% water? To stay healthy, it’s important that you are nourishing your body daily with pure drinking water.

Maintaining your refrigerator’s filter is one way to ensure that you are getting clean water for you and your family. Most people know that they should change their refrigerator’s water filter every 6 months (especially with high volume usage), but do you know why?

Reasons to change your refrigerator filter

One of the most common filter media used in refrigerator water filters is activated carbon.  The activated carbon is treated with oxygen to open up millions of tiny, highly absorbent pores that trap tiny microbes, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) in the water.  After time, the activated carbon filter loses its ability to remove contaminants, clogging with material. Bacteria breeds in your filter, putting the very young, elderly or others weakened by illness at risk.

One sign (and easiest to recognize) that it’s time to change your refrigerator filter is the change in taste or odor to the water or ice. It’s more difficult to determine when the filter is no longer performing at an adequate level when other contaminants are involved. Some refrigerators make it very easy with a light that turns on to signal to you that it’s time to change. Some will automatically shuts down after a specific amount of water passed through the unit.

What Refrigerator Water Filter Do I Need and what does the filter do?

To know which filter is designed to fit in your refrigerator, consult your owner’s manual. Then, go to and look up the filter you need via model/part # and place the order. Your refrigerator water filter will give you good tasting and clean water to drink for around 6 months (depending on usage and water quality) and is a critical part in the overall maintenance of your refrigerator.

High Price Name-Brand Filters vs. Compatible Filters

The filter change indicator light has turned on and it’s time to purchase a new filter. There are great options out there so be sure to get the best bang for your buck. Compatible refrigerator filters really do work as well as their name-brand counterparts! My name-brand refrigerator water filter sells for over $40.00 at Sears, and I found a compatible filter for under $20.00, and it works just as well as the name-brand one. I love it when I can save money! Check out our blog on buying compatible products!

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Have you ever sat down, with a nice glass of ice tea or ice water (or maybe a nice drink on the rocks) after coming home from work and noticed a strange taste?  And even the smell is, well, just not right?  Chances are you have not changed your water filter in your refrigerator recently!

Changing your filter approximately every 6 months guarantees you great tasting ice and water from your refrigerator. The life of the filter really depends on the quantity of contaminants in your water as well as how much water you and your family are drinking.

The filter is there to clean the water of pollutants and sediment that has traveled through your pipes and then to your refrigerator.  By simply replacing your filter on a regular basis, you can avoid drinking unwanted chemicals, particles and bacteria, which can cause or lead to serious health problems.

Another good reason to change your water filter regularly is to prevent scaling and deposit build up that can cause damage to your refrigerator.  A dirty filter not only restricts the water flow, but also allows all of the “junk” to remain in your drinking water or ice.

Check to see if you have a refrigerator with a warning light that changes colors or comes on when it is time for a replacement.  This is a great reminder that it’s time to change the filter!

Now that you realize that it’s time to replace your refrigerator filter, click on  You will be able to find the perfect fit for your refrigerator.  After you have replaced it, you can feel confident that you and your family are drinking clean water!

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The International Version of the GE MWF Refrigerator Filter

GE MWF SmartWater Refrigerator Filter INT VersionPut the word “international” in front of any word or phrase, and you immediately sound like a well-traveled bon vivant.

International politics.

International House of Pancakes.

International refrigerator filter?

Now, you might be tempted to think an international fridge filter would only work in fancy European refrigerators, but this is not the case. In fact, the GE MWFINT Refrigerator Filter is identical to the popular GE MWF Refrigerator Filter in almost every way. It fits the same refrigerator applications, it removes the same contaminants, and it has the same NSF certifications. As you can see by the photo, the international filter features a green graphic, while the standard GE MWF filter has a blue graphic. Oh, and there’s one more difference — the international version is less expensive than the standard MWF refrigerator filter. Go green, save green.

Our cost is lower on the international version, and we want to pass those savings on to you. We can assure you this filter will work in any refrigerator that uses the regular GE SmartWater MWF Filter. It is even made in the same American factory as the GE MWF filter. The international version has a filter life of 300 gallons.

So if you’re currently using the GE MWF SmartWater Filter and want to save a couple bucks, you might want to consider the new GE MWFINT Refrigerator Filter. We think you’ll enjoy the savings, and perhaps you’ll even find the international version a bit more refined.  If not, there’s always IHOP.