It may be time to update or install a water filter if the clarity of your drinking water has diminished. Think about this if you want to avoid flooding your house while doing this. Teflon tape is described. Get started this weekend on the new filter if you know the answers. You should probably have a plumber put in the filter if you think Teflon tape is for cooking.
Choosing a filter of the same model as the one you’re replacing should ensure that all current fittings are compatible with the new filter.
Before beginning any work on a model swap, read the manual provided by the new device’s manufacturer. It’s preferable to have this information before replacing a washer or trying a new method.
Shut off the main water valve to the house first. The technique of replacing a filter in a whole-house system is similar to that of an under-counter system. Once the water has been turned off, any remaining water in the water line and filter can be drained by opening a sink faucet. How much water is stored in the filter and pipes could pleasantly surprise you. Drain this line first if you want to minimize leakage when removing the filter.
Take particular caution not to rip the water line for the ice maker out of the wall behind the fridge if the filter is attached to it. To enter the unit from behind, pull straight forward until you can see around it.
Put something to protect the counter surface and have all your tools nearby. Your wife will significantly appreciate the gesture. In addition, have a container handy that is large enough to accommodate the separate filter. There won’t be as much cleaning to do after this.
It’s OK to remove the water filter now. Hold the device firmly and, using the appropriate size wrench, remove the nuts that secure the halves together. Throw the used filter into your bucket of water.
The new water filter can be set up at this time. After reading the instructions, you should already have the necessary washers and connecting pieces for the new filter on hand.
Now is the time to use that Teflon tape you’ve been saving. Apply a thin layer of Teflon tape to the filter’s threads before snugging down the nuts. It doesn’t need to be very snug, just snug and firm. This usually entails tightening until it becomes difficult to turn the wrench.
Please reconnect the home’s water supply now. Moreover, let it run for a while; a few minutes should be sufficient. You are priming the filter and flushing the water line. After you loosen and tighten the connectors, they may release some little dirt.
Turn off the water and wait a minute once the water is clear and all the grime has been flushed away. When connecting the water filter, please pay particular attention. Dripping or leaking is what you want to find. Tightening the nuts that attach the filter to the water line may solve the dripping or leaking problem. If there are no drips after five minutes, you’re finished.
Check for leaks, make sure the water line has been flushed, and seal any leaks using Teflon tape. Furthermore, water damage and floods should be avoided.
Mark Decherd, Esq.