July Home Maintenance To-Do List
By: Danny Lipford
To-Do #4: Replace Water and Icemaker Filters
The filter on water filtration systems and icemakers should be changed as recommended by the manufacturer, which for most filters is every six months. When water filters aren’t changed regularly, the flow of water from the faucet can slow and mold may form inside the filter.
Most water filters are easy to replace, by turning off the water and removing the cover or pressing a release tab. Be sure to take the old water filter, or the model and part number, with you to the home center so you can buy the right replacement filter.
Home water filter options include:
- Pitcher Water Filter: No installation needed. Simply pour water in the top of the pitcher, and put it in the refrigerator.
- Faucet Water Filter: Easy to install. Remove the faucet aerator and screw the filter unit on the end of a kitchen faucet. A valve directs water through the filter for drinking or through the faucet for other uses.
- Countertop Water Filter: Easy to install by attaching directly to the faucet nozzle. The larger filter lasts longer and isn’t in the way as much as faucet mounted filters.
- Under Sink Water Filter: Requires some plumbing to install in the cold water line under the sink. Can use a separate water dispenser installed next to the sink or connect directly to the faucet.
- Icemaker Water Filter: May come built into the refrigerator or can be installed in the icemaker water line.
- Whole House Water Filter: Expensive and requires plumbing work. Units are installed in the water line leading into your house and filter all the water in the home.