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Posted on Jul 16, 2010

What is the Easiest Way to Install a Refrigerator Water Filter?

There is always a nice feeling of accomplishment that a homeowner can enjoy when you hook up your faucet water filter system to give you an endless supply of pure, clean, and good-tasting filtered water. Since tap water that goes through a quality water filtration system is even better water than what you can buy at the store, you may be able to pay for that water filter system pretty quickly by simply not having to buy bottled water any more.

That joy and sense of accomplishment may be diminished when you step back and watch how your family gets cold water to drink on a regular basis. If they routinely draw their drinking water from the faucet that is in the door of the refrigerator, you may suddenly realize that your shiny new faucet water filtration system is not enough. You should also consider whether adding a refrigerator water filter is in order.

That answer will probably be “yes.” Even if your refrigerator doesn’t dispense drinking water directly, everybody likes ice in their water, especially in the summertime. If the water that comes into the refrigerator through a separate line is not being filtered correctly, your efforts to assure healthy drinking water for your family might be coming undone when they put ice that is full of contaminants in their water.

There are a couple pieces of good news, though, that make it easier to accept that you may have a job ahead of you in adding a refrigerator water filter as well as the one you put on the sink. First of all, if you spent the extra money on a whole house water filtration system, then you can rest easy. The water going to your refrigerator is already filtered before it comes into the house just like the water going to your sink, you showers, your dishwasher, and even your toilets.

It is smart to perform this kind of cost analysis if you have not invested in any form of water filtration system yet. You will benefit by taking an hour and talking through your needs with a qualified water filter expert like the ones at Aquasana who can help you compare the benefits of each kind of filter compared to the costs. The outcome of that evaluation might surprise you.

If you are thinking about listing the various water filtration systems you might need and a refrigerator water filter is on that list, it might be smart to think about a whole house water filter system instead. Many times the cost is about the same or less than putting individual water filters at each point of use.

If putting in a separate refrigerator water filter system is the best way to go, it isn’t a very complicated operation. In most cases, you can buy a very simple inline refrigerator water filter from a good water filter supplier like Aquasana. These efficient units are installed between the water line going to your refrigerator and the connection in the refrigerator cabinet where the water feeds into the unit.

The steps are pretty basic. Simply pull out your refrigerator and locate the water line that feeds the water faucet and icemaker in your refrigerator. Usually it is integrated into the kitchen plumbing in some way. That line disconnects at a valve at the base of the refrigerator in most cases. Now take a moment and locate where the water can be turned off and where the refrigerator plugs in so you can disconnect the unit and cut off the flow of water while you install your refrigerator water filter unit.

The refrigerator water filter will use the same standard connections that are already attached to the hose. Simply disconnect the water hose from the refrigerator and connect it to the “water in” side of the inline refrigerator water filter. The “water out” side will connect to a small connector hose that will then run to your refrigerator to connect to the unit where you unscrewed the hose a moment ago.

Tighten all of the connections, turn the water back on, and plug the refrigerator back in. Just like that, you have put in your own refrigerator water filter. Now the only complicated thing is remembering to replace the filter part inside the refrigerator water filter unit about every six months. If you do that, you will start getting clean, healthy, and fresh water coming out of your refrigerator and in the ice you use that is just as delicious and healthy as the filtered water you get from your faucet water filter unit.