Refrigerator Filter Installation

fluoride water filters, countertop and under-counterInstallation Instructions Inline Refrigerator Water Filter

This inline refrigerator water filter is designed for refrigerators with automatic ice makers and plumbed coffee makers and water coolers with ¼" outside diameter copper or plastic tubing.  It connects to your water line and refrigerator with ¼” quick connect fittings. The arrow indicates the direction of water flow.  To install, simply push the ¼” plastic or copper tubing firmly into the fitting until it bottoms. To remove the tubing, push down on the outer ring of the quick connect fitting and then pull the tubing out of the fitting. Before completing the installation, you should to flush the cartridge into a pail for several minutes (3 to 4 gallons) to remove the carbon fines (carbon particles) from the new cartridge.  Then connect the output to the refrigerator.  Also, if your refrigerator has a built-in filter, you should remove the filter and have your plumber install a bypass line if necessary.  Some refrigerators allow the built-in filter to be removed without disrupting the water flow.  Consult your plumber and your refrigerator instruction manual before removing the built-in filter.

Installing the Filter

This filter is designed for refrigerators with automatic ice makers and plumbed coffee makers and water coolers with ¼" outside diameter copper or plastic tubing.  It connects to your water line and refrigerator with ¼” quick connect fittings. The arrow indicates the direction of water flow.  To install, simply push the ¼” plastic or copper tubing firmly into the fitting until it bottoms. To remove the tubing, push down on the outer ring of the quick connect fitting and then pull the tubing out of the fitting. Before completing the installation, you should to flush the cartridge into a pail for several minutes (3 to 4 gallons) to remove the carbon fines (carbon particles) from the new cartridge.  Then connect the output to the refrigerator.  Also, if your refrigerator has a built-in filter, you should remove the filter and have your plumber install a bypass line if necessary.  Some refrigerators allow the built-in filter to be removed without disrupting the water flow.  Consult your plumber and your refrigerator instruction manual before removing the built-in filter.

Operating Tips

You should run the water several minutes if you haven't used the filter over night, or after returning from a trip. Water standing in the filter can taste bitter due to excess zinc oxide produced by the KDF.  It's not harmful, and actually protects the cartridge from bacteria growth.  Running the filter before use will remove the taste.

The filter should be run at 1 gallon a minute or less for maximum chlorine removal.  Any faster will reduce the removal percentage.

If you move, or disconnect your filter and store it, always keep water in the cartridge to prevent damage to the KDF media.

Testing for Chlorine and Cartridge Replacement

Before replacing the KDF/GAC cartridge, test for chlorine using the enclosed chlorine test strips.  Place some filtered water into a cup and dip the test strip into the water moving it back and forth for 10 seconds.  The color of the water will determine the amount of chlorine present, if any.  If chlorine is present, then you'll need to replace the cartridge.  You must read the test strips immediately; otherwise they can change color and give a false reading.  Additional test strips are available (4 for $2) from Software Exchange LLC/The Water Exchange. Our cartridge has been tested to remove chlorine for over 8,000 gallons of water, or approximately three years.

Replacing the KDF/GAC Inline Cartridge

To replace your inline filter, order part number IL-E for $35.95, supplied without the fittings.  To remove the tubing from your old filter, push down on the outer ring of the quick connect fitting and then pull the tubing out of the fitting.  Unscrew the fittings from both ends, and install on the new inline filter cartridge.  Then re-install by pushing the tubing into the quick connect fitting until it bottoms.  Run for several minutes to remove the carbon fines from the new KDF/GAC cartridge, and check for leaks.

Operating Specifications and Warranty Information

Maximum water pressure is 100 PSI and maximum operating temperature is 100 F.

The KDF/GAC cartridge has a 2-year warranty, prorated at $1.65 per month of usage.

This warranty does not cover damage due to abuse, neglect, freezing, fire or other fortuitous event. No allowances made for any consequential damages, labor or expense incurred as a result of a proven defect. NO WARRANTY FOR MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

Our filters are not warranted against sediment clogging. If the flow rate is significantly reduced, clogging is most likely. You can try to back-flush the filters by reversing the fittings on the housing to temporarily reverse the water flow.

If you have a problem with your filter, call 1-248-788-3342 or e-mail for technical support.

 

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