Installing a whole house water filter system in your home is a great way to provide your family with safe, clean water to every faucet in your home. This water is great to drink, easier to use and kinder to your appliances and plumbing fixtures. But, like any piece of equipment a whole house water filter will require some maintenance to work well. In this article, we will answer four common questions associated with using and maintaining your system.

1. What Happens if You Don’t Change the Pre-Sediment Filter?

The filters in your whole house water filter work hard to clean the water coming into your home. The first is a pre-sediment filter that will catch materials, such as silt, rust, and sediment to prevent them from passing into your home water supply. This will protect the system from being damaged by the particulates and keep your system running well. If this filter isn’t changed regularly, these harmful materials will increase the wear and tear on your plumbing fixtures and water using appliances. Also, there are some slight health risks associated with drinking turbid water that contains these particulates. Ideally, a sediment pre-filter should be replaced every 3-6 months.

2. How Many Replaceable Filters Are in a Whole House Water System?

This is a hard question to answer as there are many models on the market and optional parts available for purchase. We’ve already mentioned the crucial pre-sediment filter, but many people also opt for a sub-micron post filter too. Some other filter options include activated carbon, mineral stone, copper-zinc, and ultraviolet (UV) filters. Many people also have a water softener installed if the water in their area is hard. If you have a sub-micron post filter, it should be replaced every 9-12 months.

3. How Often Does the Tank Need to be Replaced?

It’s important to understand that the tank will need to be replaced periodically depending on the capacity. The tank in your system will have a rated capacity that shows a volume of water or time period for replacement. Many standard whole house water filter systems have an FB 300 or FB 1,000 tank installed. An FB 300 tank will need to be replaced after 300,000 gallons of water or after three years. An FB 1,000 will need to be replaced after 1,000,000 gallons or ten years. If you have a salt free water softener installed it will typically have a rated capacity of six years. If you’re in any doubt, consult your owner’s manual for more information.

4. Can Filters be Replaced Easily?

Obviously, replacing the tank, water softener and repairing or replacing UV filters should only be carried out by your local water treatment professional. The pre-sediment filter and the optional sub-micron filter can easily be replaced. The full instructions are usually located in your owner’s manual, and replacement filters are easy to source. It’s a good idea to keep a record of when the filter needs to be replaced so that you don’t forget.