January Home Maintenance To-Do List
By: Danny Lipford
To-Do #1: Change Water and Icemaker Filters
The disposable filters in your water filtration system and icemaker need to be changed at least twice a year, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
When filters become clogged, the flow of water slows and can allow mold to form inside the filter. Most water filters are easy to change, either by removing a screw-on cover or pressing a release tab. Be sure to take the old filter with you to the store, so that you can buy the correct replacement.
If you don’t have a water filter in your home, consider:
- Water Filtration Pitcher: With no installation required, filtration pitchers have you drinking filtered water in a flash by pouring water into the pitcher through a filter mounted in the lid.
- Faucet Mounted Water Filter: These units screw directly onto the end of your kitchen faucet, replacing the aerator with a valve that directs the water through the filter or out the faucet as desired.
- Countertop Mounted Water Filter: These larger filters are less likely to clog than faucet filters. They screw directly onto the faucet, with a tube connecting to the filtration unit on the counter.
- Under Sink Mounted Water Filter: These filters install under your sink and connect to a separate water dispenser installed next to the sink faucet. They require some plumbing and cutting a hole in your sink or countertop if one isn’t already available.
- Icemaker Filter: These may come built into your fridge or can be added to the water line supplying your icemaker.
- Whole House Water Filter: These units attach to your main water line and filter all the water entering the house. They generally only filter out rust and sediment.