How Often Should You Change Your Water Filter?
To some extent, how often you ought to change your water filter will depend on the kind of water treatment system that you use. For example, are we talking about not changing the filter on a reverse osmosis system, a charcoal filter, or a refrigerator filter?
Although many of these systems have overlapping tasks, not all are identical, and because of different tasks and sizes, the schedule to change filters can be slightly different.
The first place to go when figuring out how often you should change your filter is the owner’s manual. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, as doing so will protect your warranty coverage.
Nonetheless, if you notice a marked change in your water, such as a change in smell, taste, or appearance, it may be time to check the filter and see if it’s still performing up to normal standards.
If in doubt, take the water filter out of the system and examine it. Does it look overly used, does it have a foul smell, or d it maybe it feels a little slimy? If it does, you’ll know it’s time for a change.
As a more concrete answer, depending on size and usage, most manufacturers recommend changing their water filters every 3 to 6 months. Feel free to contact them if you’re unsure.
Keep Your Water Filter Updated
As you’ve probably gathered, the moral of the story here is that yes, you do have to change your system’s water filter in order to keep it in good working order. Although it may seem like a bit of a maintenance chore, you’ll be happy to always have clean and good tasting water.
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