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Water Filter Repair Guide

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1. What do I do when the indicator light says to change the water filter?
2. How often do I change my water filter?
3. What do I do if the water filter is leaking?
4. Is there a way to test if my water filter is doing its job?
5. What kind of water filter should I use?

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What do I do when the indicator light says to change the water filter?

You should change the filter when the status or indicator light says to. If there is no indicator light, read the Use and Care guide for your product. You should change the filter approximately every 6 months, depending on your use and the quality of the water supply. If the water quality has changed from good to poor, change the filter.

Some filters have internal seals that may swell up from use, making them difficult to swap out. Sometimes you will see dust or sediment in the ice or water after the filter has been changed. This is from the new filters’ medium. Just throw out the first batches of ice and flush the water line a lot. The water and ice will clear up after several gallons of water have passed through the system.

There are many different styles of filters, so to change your replaceable-cartridge filter, follow the manufacturer's instructions in your owners manual. You may need a special tool to swap filters, and it usually comes with the filter.

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How often do I change my water filter?

You should change your water filter according to manufacturer recommendations. Most filters need to be changed approximately every four to six months. However, you will want to change it sooner if you notice a bad taste or odor.

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What do I do if the water filter is leaking?

Check the hoses and fittings, including any valves. Tighten as necessary. Most water filter connections are made using a compression fitting. This fitting needs to be securely tightened. If the filter itself is leaking, change it right away. If there are any other leaks, try to trace it to determine exactly where the leak is. Water flows downhill, so don't be fooled.

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Is there a way to test if my water filter is doing its job?

Yes, you can test it yourself or send it to a laboratory. The best way to determine exactly what type of filtration system you need is to send a sample to a laboratory. Many hardware stores and home centres sell testing kits. Knowing the hardness level of your water can help you to determine the amounts of detergent needed for washing dishes and clothes.

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What kind of water filter should I use?

This depends on what you want to filter out of your water. You can determine what is in your water by taking it to a lab to have it tested. There are also home testing kits available that are easy to use and meet EPA standards. Once you know what you are trying to eliminate, determining what kind of filter you need will be easy. To filter out most odors, tastes, chlorine, and particles, an activated charcoal filter works fine.

If you have other things to filter for, such as heavy metals, parasites, pesticides, and other pollutants in addition to the odors, tastes, chlorine, and particles, you may want to check out reverse osmosis filters. The downfall to reverse osmosis is that quantities of pure water are limited due to the length of time it takes the water to pass through the membrane.

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