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On Refrigerator Water Filter Changing Needs

There are a number of home appliances that are pretty unlikely to have significant issues unless you fail to perform certain basic areas of upkeep, and the refrigerator is a great example. Fridges are meant to work without issue for years at a time, so long as you manage just a few very minor upkeep areas -- one of which is changing your fridge's water filter periodically.

At Dick Kearsley Service Center, we're here to offer a wide range of appliance repair services, including for any refrigerator issue you may be dealing with. We also regularly provide clients with tips on how to avoid repairs for appliances like these on a regular basis, and changing your water filter when necessary is one key such area for the fridge in particular. Why is this important, and when are some times when you should be looking at changing filters? Here's a simple rundown.

Why Changing Water Filters in the Fridge is Important

Changing filters at the right intervals is important for your fridge, and for multiple reasons. This area plays a role in both the health of your home's occupants and the lifespan of your fridge.

For starters, your fridge's water filter helps to ensure that the water that comes out of its dispenser and is used for ice making is safe for you and your family. The majority of these filters are designed to remove chlorine, lead, mercury, magnesium, and calcium from the water that passes through them.

In addition to changing these filters at regular intervals so that the water you consume out of your fridge is clean, it's also important to do so because otherwise a build-up of minerals and contaminants can occur. This could potentially cause leaks or other issues in your refrigerator. If these are left for too long without being addressed, you may even end up needing to replace the fridge entirely at a major expense.

Our next several sections will go over some situations where you should strongly consider replacing your fridge's water filter.

Reduced Water Flow

If filters have become so clogged up with impurities and debris that they are restricting your waterflow, it's time to change the filter. This can cause reduced flow both out of the dispenser and through ice makers.

Now, there are other possible reasons why your fridge may be experiencing limited water flow, some of which don't relate to the filter. However, if you notice this issue alongside some of the others we're about to go over, it's a good idea to take care of replacing the filter as soon as possible.

A Presence of Bad Odors or Flavors

Filters are built to remove impurities from your water, and because of this many will also absorb any other smells or flavors that come through them. If you're noticing odd odors or flavors coming out of your fridge's water or ice, changing the filter should resolve this issue.

One of the most common such odors is that of rotten eggs, which is due to a chemical reaction in the refrigerator's water dispenser. This smell will become very prominent if left untreated, but can be taken care of by replacing your filter -- though you may also want to look into replacement parts for the fridge.

Again, there are other possible reasons for this flavor or odor being present besides the filters themselves becoming clogged. However, if you're noticing these issues along with the others we've covered, it's a good idea to replace the filter as soon as possible.

Weird Sounds

Another possible indicator that it's time to change the water filter in your fridge is if you're hearing strange or unusual sounds coming from the appliance. A clogged up or otherwise bad filter can make quite a bit of noise -- like loud gurgling, hissing, and clanking.

If you begin to notice any such sounds in your fridge, it may be a good idea to take a look at the filter and determine whether or not it's time to replace it. Again, there could be other issues at play here causing the problem, but this is one area you'll definitely want to check out if you begin hearing strange noises coming from the appliance.

Ice Marker Won't Function

In other cases, a bad water filter may cause the ice maker in your fridge to stop functioning entirely. If you notice that the button used to dispense ice isn't working, or if it works intermittently at best, then replacing your filter is likely the key to getting things up and running again.

This can be a frustrating problem for many people and can lead to the growth of mild to severe annoyance with your fridge. However, if you're noticing this kind of behavior in conjunction with any of the other issues we've outlined here, it's almost certainly time to take care of replacing the water filter in your appliance.

It's Been Too Long Since Your Last Filter Change

Finally, you don't necessarily need a specific issue to be taking place with your fridge in order to know that it's time to replace the filter. If you're unsure of when you last changed your filter, but figure it's been more than a year, then the chances are good that this may be causing issues with your water.

For more on how often you should be changing refrigerator water filters to preserve both your health and your fridge's lifespan, or to learn about any of our other appliance repair or HVAC repair services, speak to our pros at Dick Kearsley Service Center today.


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