How Often To Replace Your Refrigerator Water Filter

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If you haven’t changed your refrigerator water filter in a few months, a year, or several years, you may be wondering when you should replace it. Maybe your water still tastes fine, so you’re questioning if changing your fridge filter is even necessary. Just because your water tastes fresh, does not mean it is. Many contaminants are tasteless. 

A family of four who use their fridge door water dispenser and ice machine often should get a new filter every six months; whereas, a couple without children may only need to replace it once a year. If you haven’t replaced your fridge filter in several years, you’re not drinking filtered water but something else entirely.

What is The Best Fridge Filter?

Best Fridge filter. We recommend replacing your refrigerator water filter regularly is an important and easy step in your home’s maintenance routine. We highly recommend removing your old fridge filter and installing a new one at least every six months or so depending on how often you use your water dispenser from your fridge. Replacing your old refrigerator water filter can help remove harsh impurities from your fridge water and improve its overall taste and smell.

Tested & Certified: filtered. works with brands like Whirlpool, Maytag, Frigidaire,  LG, and more. These filters are tested and certified to meet or exceed NSF/ANSI standards for filtering out contaminants from your drinking water.

Cleaner, Better Tasting Water: Using activated carbon, our filters will absorb those potentially harmful contaminants from your drinking water. But over time that carbon does become less effective at capturing pollutants, and this is when we recommend replacing your filter. You can subscribe to our replacement filter program and let us send you replacement filters at 6, 9, or 12-month intervals. This way you don’t have to worry about remembering to purchase replacement filters.

How Does A Fridge Filter Work?

Most refrigerator filters are designed to remove bad tastes and odors using a combination of sediment and carbon filtration. Refrigerator filters contain a carbon block core wrapped in a material like polypropylene. Water flows mechanically through the outer material to remove debris and suspended solids. Other unwanted particles cling to the surface of the carbon block.

Contaminants in water adhere to the carbon in a refrigerator filter through a process called adsorption. They don’t soak into the surface (absorption) of the carbon but adhere to a spot within carbon’s enormous surface area (adsorption).

What Does Your Fridge Filter Remove?

On its way to your home, water can often times travel through miles and miles of underground pipes. Some have been underground for decades and have been corroded to the point that they begin to leach harmful substances into your water. Most refrigerator filters are designed to remove contaminants such as volatile organic compounds (VOC), lead, and chlorine.

Until the late 20th century, lead was considered safe and used in many applications including paint, and even plumbing. Consequently, many homes built prior to 1986 contain pipes that have lead in them. We have since come to know the full effects of lead on the human body and just the EPA has banned lead in new water-carrying pipes. Water filters remove harmful lead from old pipes making it safe to drink.

Chlorine disinfects drinking water and has virtually eliminated waterborne diseases like typhoid and dysentery. But it also ruins the flavor of your water. Carbon fridge filters are great giving chlorine-treated drinking water a fresh taste.

filtered. takes it a step further. We utilize a single porous membrane filtration process that serves as a barrier to separate harmful bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants from clean water.

What Refrigerator Filters Don’t Do.

Refrigerator filters are effective at what they’re designed to do. They are excellent at chlorine taste, odor, and sediment reduction. They will not soften water, remove iron, or prevent health hazards in untreated water. If your water comes from a well, then you’re responsible for its safety and need more than a fridge filter to treat your water. Well water typically requires some type of bacteria treatment in addition to filtration.

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