How to wash your refrigerator filter element

How to clean and use refrigerator water filter by yourself

If your refrigerator is equipped with an ice maker - even stacked with water and ice maker - then it also has a very important maintenance responsibility. To ensure that clean and safe water is removed from the refrigerator, you need to maintain the latest water filters. An important aspect of preparing the refrigerator filter is to flush it. Essentially, this means flowing water to remove all kinks and loose carbon particles before using it.

Why flush the refrigerator filter?

Most refrigerator filters contain a carbon based cylinder. Why carbon? Carbon absorbs bacteria and particles in water and acts like a net as water passes through the filter block. If the filter is not flushed, you will see a small amount of carbon deposition scattered. Now, a small fraction of the carbon will be harmless, but for all purposes of having smooth, transparent water, you need to be aware of this before installing the filter and continuing to use it. It's not uncommon for people to replace refrigerator filters without flushing, then find gray water and think their filters are outdated. Knowing how to flush the refrigerator immediately before throwing out the perfect filter and buying a new filter, and immediately discovering the same problem, can immediately change the water produced by the filter.

How to flush the filter

Although it is often overlooked when replacing a new refrigerator filter, this is a small step that can immediately bring real changes to your water. So what do you need to flush the filter? In fact, this is easy and can be done after the filter is installed on the refrigerator.

There are two different options depending on whether the refrigerator is equipped with an ice maker, or whether it is equipped with an ice maker and a water dispenser. If your refrigerator has only one ice maker, you can run the ice maker and pour out the first two batches of ice to properly and adequately flush the new filter. After that, all your ice should be transparent and carbon free.

If your refrigerator has both an ice maker and a water dispenser, you can have a two gallon water filter to remove all kinks and excess carbon chips.