Refrigerator water filters

Why You Need To Change Your Refrigerator Water Filter

A common question we often get is, “Why do I need to change my refrigerator water filter?” People tend to think since their water is already treated by their local water company that it’s pretty much as clean as it can get. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the truth.

Can you imagine the damage to your engine if you never changed the filter in your car? How rank do you think your coffee would taste if you used the same filter for a week? Or worse, what if you didn’t change your clothes for a week? Clearly, you wouldn’t do these things because you care about your car, your coffee and your social life.

Don’t feel bad if you haven’t changed your refrigerator water filter in a while (or ever). The truth is most people don’t even know they need to change their refrigerator filter. Heck, most people don’t know where it is, how to change it, or if they even have one to change in the first place. Well, wake up and drink the clean water.

Experts suggest you change your refrigerator water filter every 3-6 months. You’ll live if you only change it annually, but your taste buds will thank you if you change it more often. When you get in the habit of changing your refrigerator filter at least twice a year you’ll have learned the secret to a lifetime of fresher, cleaner water and ice cubes.

Why You Need to Change Your Water Filter:

The most obvious reason for changing your refrigerator filter is you don’t want to be disgusting. You don’t want your dog drinking out of the toilet, right? It’s the same principle here, just a different source. The water that comes from your refrigerator has first traveled through miles of tubing to get to your refrigerator. Along the way, the water picks up a few bugs that a good filter can usually remove before it goes into your glass, your mouth, your stomach, and back into the toilet water it most likely went in as. Ah, the circle of life.

Water filters remove things such as:

  • Benzene
  • Chlorine
  • Herbicides
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Particulates
  • Pesticides
  • Taste and odor
  • Toxaphene
  • Turbidity
  • Water cysts

What are all of these difficult to spell words? Well, what commoner really knows? But it for sure isn’t something that should be floating in your water. Even we know when it’s time to change our refrigerator water filter. Check out this video and see what your dirty water filter looks like (or worse).

Saving With The Small Things:

Times are hard for everyone, so save yourself where you can. You can save a lot of money by not having to buy bottled water. Click here to see how you can not only save some cash, but also save the environment from all the plastic bottles thrown away. Go green, go clean.

You Might Need A New Refrigerator Filter If …

  • Your refrigerator is dispensing water slower than usual.
  • Water has developed a strange taste or odor.
  • Your ice maker isn’t functioning properly.
  • You’ve got floaters in your water.
  • Your water looks like it was brought in by a pail from the crick down yonder.

I Have My Refrigerator Filter – Now What Do I Do?

Check out our blog post on how to change your refrigerator filter. If you need a new refrigerator water filter, be sure to shop our selection before buying anywhere else. Happy safe drinking!

18 thoughts on “Why You Need To Change Your Refrigerator Water Filter”

  1. Good stuff here, I’m just beginning to educate myself as we are moving in a few days to a home that uses well water. That’s the kind of information I will be looking for as I explore your site. Our refrigerator is a nice one but we’ve never hooked it up to a water supply before. It’s time do do it because the water in question smells bad. I’m also looking for some kind of filter for the kitchen sink and hope that you carry those.

    Anyway, I want to point out a minor misspelling. I do this on occasion because I have the belief that any company would want to know this. I hope you take my observation in the spirit that I intended, and not get mad or defensive because we all will misspell a word here and there!

    Under the heading “You might need a new refrigerator if…”
    The last bullet point uses the word pale, when the correct word is pail. So I guess it’s not an actual spelling error as pale is certainly a word, but instead the wrong usage.

    Thanks for listening!
    Tim Hyland
    Livonia, Michigan

  2. Oops! Talk about errors! When I re-read my message I see that I added an additional word, “do” in the first paragraph when I say, “It’s time to do do it …”. Ironic isn’t it, since my message was to alert you about an error. So for the add-on word, or maybe I’ll just call it a supplemental word, or bonus word … no extra charge!

    OK, stop laughing now and get back to work!

  3. I can appreciate how much research you did on this topic and you really came through with valid points of interest.
    Thanks and keep on it..

  4. What this doesn’t address is if you already have a whole house filtration system to remove the things listed, In that case, why should you need to replace the refrigerator filter every 3 to 6 months?

  5. Appliance companies should make filters last for at least a year. The brand name ones are pretty expensive. I just paid $41 for a Frigidaire one today. I debated buying an off brand one but decided against it since my fridge is an investment. Was pretty easy to switch out the filter for someone who is not at all handy.

  6. But if there are just two of us living here, and we drink a lot of bottled water, and use few ice cubes, wouldn’t changing the filter less often be okay? By less often I mean less often than my refrigerator alerts signal indicates. I suspect it is set on a usage assumption for a larger family.

  7. Thanks for helping me understand that the filter must be cleaned every three to six months to ensure that the ice cubes will be clean and fresh. I guess that is the reason why some of our ice cubes are not clear. We have never gotten it cleaned ever since we have this fridge which was gifted to us by a friend when we got married.

  8. I recently bought a while house water filtration system. Do I still need to change the refrigerator filter?

  9. We did not use either the water or ice dispenser on our French door GE, who needed COLD water or ICE in winter..BRRRR. So how do I get the filter to OPERATE ?? because the alarm lit & the functions stopped?

  10. I usually drink tap water which is filtered and safe to drink with chlorine, etc. to ensure good, safe, water. I don’t buy bottled water since I have no idea how long it has been siting in plastic or where. I seldom use ice.
    Why then do I need to change my refrigerator filter ever 3-6 months since the water that goes through my refrigerator comes from the same source as my tap water?

  11. We have a very good water filter under our sink that filters the water to both our cold water tap and to the refrigerator line and we change it every 6 months. Not only does the filter improve the taste of our water but it also takes out giardia and cryptosporidium which is a special concern where we live in Florida. We also have a water softener to remove calcium and other minerals. So we just remove the filter after the first six months and leave it our. In 10 years have never noticed a difference in our water or ice.

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