Why it’s vital to change your fridge’s water filter regularly

Today, most state-of-the-art refrigerators are equipped with a water dispenser, allowing you to enjoy a glass of filtered, highly purified water at any time. This is a much more economical as well as eco-friendly option than buying bottled water. However, you need to be diligent about changing your filter periodically. At Ateliers G. Paquette, we’re experts in maintenance and repair of home appliances, serving customers in Quebec City, Montreal, Laval, Repentigny, the South Shore and throughout the province. In this article, we set out three reasons why changing your refrigerator’s water filter is so important.

1. So it keeps working
Your water filter has a lifespan of about six months. However, you may need to change it more often, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations and how often you use it (the more water that passes through it, the sooner it has to be replaced). But in any case, you need to change it on a regular basis, even if you don’t use it often, so as to prevent the growth of bacteria.

2. So your water is optimally pure
As time goes on, your filter accumulates and retains impurities until it becomes saturated. At this point it becomes incapable of filtering and absorbing any more polluting chemicals that might be found in the water, such as benzene, lead, pesticides and microplastics. Simply put, when the filter is saturated, it no longer does its job, and the water dispensed by your refrigerator is of no better quality than your tap water.

3. So you can have peace of mind
Pure, well-filtered water has no unpleasant taste or smell. If you begin to detect, for instance, an earthy smell or a seaweed-like aftertaste, you know it’s time to replace your filter. And a bad odour could itself indicate bacteria growth or the presence of harmful spores or contaminants.

To sum up, refrigerator water filters are only effective so long as you replace them regularly, taking into account your usage and the manufacturer’s directions. If your refrigerator isn’t equipped with a warning light that tells you when the filter needs to be changed, make a note on your calendar to remind yourself when you will need a new one.

At Ateliers G. Paquette, you’ll find all the appliance parts you’re looking for, including water filters. We’re ready to answer any questions you have on the maintenance of your appliances. Talk with us any time!

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