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Refrigerator Water Filter Cartridges: Why and When to Change

Maintaining clean drinking water from your refrigerator's water filter dispensing system requires changing the filter every six months. To understand why, let us take a closer look at what factors contribute to water filter failure.

Refrigerator water filters are designed to purify a certain volume of water. Volume limitations, then, limit the life of the filter, which varies depending on usage. Thus, life expectancy is based on estimated usage and is determined by tests conducted by the filter manufacturer.

For such a test, the manufacturer such as Amana, GE, Maytag, and Whirlpool runs some amount of water through a filter and tests the quality of the water at certain stages. When the quality of the water falls below the measurements for a set standard, a “breaking point” for the refrigerator water filter has been established.

These measurements are usually performed in gallons, and water filter replacement is suggested after that amount of gallons has been dispensed.

These tests, though, are conducted using the water available at the test site. The refrigerator water filter manufacturer cannot control the quality of water that the filter will be handling in a particular household. Water quality around the country varies significantly, and this throws quite a wrench in the validity of the life-expectancy tests.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), increases in the water table, seepage or septic waste, and soil absorption of pollutants can all contribute to changes in water quality. If you are a well-water user, this is of particular concern.

Due to these environmental concerns, and to regular maintenance issues, industry experts recommend refrigerator water filter replacement every six months.

Refrigerator water filter replacement is also recommended in the case of a decrease in the flow of water, a change in the water's taste, or if your refrigerator has been unplugged for more than two weeks.

An automobile manufacturer recommends changing the oil in your car every three months or three thousand miles. Motor oil is designed to work effectively for three thousand miles under normal driving conditions. Yet, what the manufacturer considers normal driving and what the average consumer considers normal driving may vary significantly. Therefore, regardless of mileage, three months is the maximum recommended time period allowed between oil changes.

Pushing your car beyond its recommended maintenance period comes with consequences that could affect you, your family, and your investment in the automobile. Pushing your refrigerator's water filter beyond the suggested replacement criteria also comes with consequences.

Poor water filtration could allow the following contaminants into your next glass of water:

  • Chemical contaminants from solvents, cleaners, petroleum products and pesticides
  • Metal contaminants such as lead and mercury
  • Parasites not required to be removed by your municipality under current EPA regulations
  • Sediments and rust that can cause discoloration or cloudiness

Proper water filtration also protects the investment you made in your refrigerator by removing metals, sediment and rust, which can damage lines and mechanical devices, such as an icemaker. A visit from your local appliance repairman is sure to cost more than replacing the refrigerator water filter.

A good rule of thumb is to replace the refrigerator water filter every spring and fall. Disciplined replacement at scheduled intervals will ensure clear, crisp drinking water and extend the life of your refrigerator for a cost of just pennies on the gallon.

Your family's health and the longevity of your investments are at stake.  To find the correct filter for your refrigerator, you can click on the manufacturer link below.

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GE Water Filters

Hotpoint Water Filters

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Kenmore Water Filters

Kitchenaid Water Filters

Maytag Water Filters

Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filters

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