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How Often Should I Replace My Fridge Filter If I Use Well Water?

Modern Kitchen Using Well WaterWhether you order a fridge filter from Maytag, Whirlpool, GE or Tier1, you will undoubtedly see some note on the filter box or packaging instructing you to replace it once about every six months.

Of course, the six months is just a guideline that can be adjusted based on your ‘water quality and usage.’

Water usage is fairly easy to wrap your head around.  If you have a larger family or household, you’ll use more water, which will naturally decrease the lifespan of your fridge filter.  Water quality, on the other hand is a bit more complex of a variable.  Especially for well water users.

Well Water Users Face Uniquely Personal Challenges With Sediment & Water Quality

Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water Filter
Fridge filters, like the Maytag UKF8001 are primarily designed to reduce contaminants that impact taste and odor, and can become clogged with heavy sediment common in well water

Unlike their counterparts that use municipal or city water, well water users typically experience far more issues with sediment, ranging from dirt, to sand, to silt.

Carbon filters, which all fridge filters are, help to reduce taste and odor issues – primarily from chlorine – which is typically not an issue with well water.

Further, these filters can actually clog quite easily when filtering different types of sediment, leading to everything from gritty water to slow pouring.

To answer the question posed above, your fridge filter may only effectively perform for half of its life expectancy if you are a well water user, think three months, instead of six.

This is simply an educated guess, though, as water quality issues will vary from well to well.   But the bottom-line is that as a well water user, you can expect to go through about twice as many fridge filters – and pay twice as much – as those that live in the city and use a municipal water supply.  Unless, of course,  you implement some type of complementary solution.

Extend The Life Of Your Fridge Filter By Ensuring Sediment Never Gets To It

Culligan HD-950 Whole House Water Filtration System
Culligan HD-950 Whole House Water Filter

Fortunately, our online store offers solutions that can help to extend the life of your fridge filter and improve your water quality by ensuring sediment never makes it further than your water line.

Your first option would be to purchase and install a whole house water filtration system, including the three Culligan models we offer.  These systems connect easily to your water line, and once in place, will capture greater than 90% of virtually all types of sediment. Installation of a whole house system does more than just extend the life of your fridge filter.  Once installed, this system will help to improve the quality of your drinking water – from every tap – while also helping to reduce the risk of sediment corrosion inside your appliances.

Better yet, each of our whole house water filtration product pages include detailed instructions, ensuring that you don’t have to be MacGyver to get them properly installed.

Omnipure Q5505 Inline Water Filter
Omnipure Q5505 Inline Water Filter

Another option would be to install an inline sediment filter.  These filters will attach directly to your water line and can be installed outside your fridge, ahead of its carbon filter.  This is a more surgical option for water filtration, and depending upon the inline filter you choose, can also be more affordable than the whole house filters presented above.

If you go with this route for sediment reduction, please note that not all inline water filters are created equal, meaning not all will reduce sediment.  A few inline water filters we can direct you to if you are looking to reduce sediment include the Aqua-Pure AP717, the OmniFilter R200 and the Omnipure Q5505 (pictured.)

Connect With Us For More Information or Solutions

If you are a well water user experiencing water quality issues that are significantly reducing the lifespan of your fridge filter, and are looking for additional information, products or solutions not discussed here, please feel free to call our customer service team at 1-800-683-8353.  You may also leave a question via a comment below.

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Why Refrigerator Water Filters Must Be Changed After Any Boil Water Alert

West Virginia Drinking Water Safety MapAs of this morning, nearly half the residents impacted by the water contamination incident in West Virginia are being notified that their tap water is once again safe to use.

But before tap water is used again – for drinking, cleaning, cooking or anything else – there are critical steps that all residents should take.  While many of these steps are being more  heavily publicized now in light of the West Virginia chemical spill, each of these steps are critical after any incident causes a significant water event or boil water alert.

For those that have not suffered through a boil water alert, this is an indication from water officials in the local area that tap water has been deemed as potentially dangerous for drinking or use.  A boil water alert is a serious event and one that should be taken extremely seriously both during and after the incident ends.

Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water FilterIn online forums related to boil water alerts, a question that continues to arise is whether or not tap water must be boiled if a water filter, including a refrigerator water filter, is in use.  The answer is a definitive yes.

First, the primary objective of a refrigerator water filter is to improve the taste of the water and ice dispensed by the fridge.  Our most popular refrigerator water filters, including Maytag’s UKF8001 and Whirlpool’s 4396710, are carbon-based filters and are simply not designed to remove bacteria or hard-core chemicals (such as the MCHM that is currently flowing through West Virginia water lines.)

Once the boil water alert ends, replacing all point-of-use filters – including refrigerator water filters – is just as critical as avoiding use of water during the alert.  This instruction comes directly from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) The reasoning behind this is that the filter media itself can become contaminated – and because the filter isn’t designed to trap certain chemicals or bacteria or reduce the likelihood that these nasties will end up in your drinking water – your filter can become a storing ground just waiting for you to pour your next glass.  This can result in accidental exposure or sickness after your drinking water supply has been deemed otherwise safe.

Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter 4396710If you live in an area where boil water alerts and water quality issues are common, we would recommend:

  1. Order From Us Online or Via Phone and Request Rush Shipping
    At FridgeFilters.com, we have nearly every type of refrigerator water filter you could possibly need at prices to beat the big box stores, provided you can even find the filter you need at a big box store.  Our customer service team, available via phone at 800-683-8353, are also happy to offer rush shipping options that ensure you get your filter quickly – especially in situations like the chemical spill and corresponding water contamination incident in West Virgina.
  2. Order 2 – 3 Filters At A Time
    As you order more filters, not only will your price go down, but you will likely qualify for free shipping – as all our orders over $75 ship free.  Just as importantly, you’ll always have the replacement water filter on-hand that you need.

In addition to replacing your water filters, flushing your water lines and thoroughly cleaning your refrigerator icemaker are also critical steps to adhere to after any boil water alert.  For instructions on how to flush your lines, and details regarding what other appliances should be cleaned and flushed after a boil water alert ends, we would recommend the resources below.  With the chemical spill in West Virginia still fresh in everyone’s minds, each link below is current within a few days of this post’s publication:

If you have any additional questions regarding the chemical spill and drinking water contamination in West Virginia, we would encourage you to visit the West Virginia American Water website for real-time updates.  We will also continue to link to relevant updates from our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages.

If you have any additional questions regarding what to do during or after a boil water alert, we welcome you to call our customer service team at 800-683-8353.