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How Often Should You Replace Water Filters in a Water Purification System?

Williams Water Co.
Williams Water Co.
June 5, 2024
Water Filter Replacement Schedule: How Often to Replace Filters

Whether for drinking, cooking, bathing, or any other residential need, contaminant-free water is essential! Water purification systems are excellent ways to protect the water that flows through your home, but they need regular maintenance to function effectively.

Replacing filters is crucial to a maintenance plan, but how do you know when to change water filters? Is there a water replacement schedule you should follow? We'll answer these questions here!

Why Filters Need Replacing

The filter in your water purification system plays a pivotal role in delivering clean water. Filters trap bacteria, particles, and other contaminants, stopping them before they reach your taps. Over time, filters become clogged and get less effective, compromising your water quality.

Water purification system maintenance is essential to keep water contaminant-free and protect the purification system's lifespan and effectiveness.


Factors That Affect Replacement Frequency

Generally, most manufacturers recommend a water filter replacement schedule every 6 to 12 months. How often you need to change your water filters depends on several factors, including:

The Type of Filtration System You Have

Some high-tech systems require adherence to a stricter maintenance schedule to run efficiently. Familiarize yourself with your setup and the manufacturer's guidelines for maintaining the unit.

Your Household's Water Usage

Does anyone in your household enjoy long showers? Do you spend a lot of time washing dishes? Is the tap constantly being turned on for a glass of water? The higher your water usage, the more quickly filters get clogged, as water frequently flows through them. If you have high water usage, you may need to replace your filters every six months or sooner!

The Quality of Your Water Source

The initial quality of the water affects a replacement schedule as well. The cleaner the water is to start, the less work the filter has to do, helping it have a longer lifespan. The more contaminated the initial water, like well water, the more often you'll need to swap filters out for clean ones.

Signs It's Time for a Replacement

Some systems have built-in indicators that signal when to replace a filter, but not all! If your system doesn't have such an indicator, signs that your system is due for a fresh filter include changes in:

  • Clarity
  • Taste
  • Odor

All of these indicate that a filter is no longer effectively removing impurities.

Replacement Options

To protect the lifespan of your water purification system, it's important to choose replacement filters made specifically for your setup. If there are no manufacturer recommendations, choose a high-quality one compatible with your system. Generic, cheap filters typically don't have the filtration capabilities or longevity as those designed for use with your water purifier.

Turn to Williams Water Co. for Fresh Filters & Professional Installation

The best way to know if your water filter needs replacing is by working with H2O pros! At Williams Water Company, we offer whole-house water filters and filtration systems and can help keep yours in peak condition. Contact us to get started!

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