Refrigerator water filters provide a reliable and convenient source of cool, clean drinking water and ice. To keep the refrigerator water safe to drink, the filters need to be changed every six months with average usage. In most cases, replacing the filter is fairly simple.
However, flushing the filter before use is the most often overlooked step. Flushing is as important as replacing. You’ll get cleaner, fresher tasting water by flushing water through the filter several times. Why the filter should be flushed when it’s first installed? Let’s move on to the details.
Why flush the refrigerator water filter?
Most refrigerator water filters are made up of carbon filters which are filled with black carbon granules. The carbon is a major force to capture the particles and contaminants in the refrigerator water and enhances the taste of water and removes the odor.
However, when water runs through a newly-installed filter, it flushes out some of the carbon, thus your water may have some tiny black specks or an overall cloudy or gray color. These are some bits of loose carbon which have been separated from the carbon blocks by manufacturing or shipping. They are harmless to drink, but probably nobody wants a glass of gray water with black spots or weird taste.
How to flush the refrigerator water filter?
It is advisable to run three to five gallons of water through your fridge filter before using it for household purposes. This ensures that all the loose carbon is flushed out of the filter.
If your fridge doesn’t have a water dispenser, discard the first two buckets of ice after finished replacing, because these black spots can get frozen in the ice. Follow the steps below to flush your refrigerator water filter:
Prepare a large pitcher or a container that fits well into the water dispenser and place a large cloth or towel (absorb the water spills) on the floor next to the refrigerator.
Put the container under the water spout, press the dispenser button to fill the container.
How many times do you need to fill the container? To be precise, 16 cups equal a gallon. If you hold a 4-cup pitcher or measuring cup, it takes four times to make a gallon.
Pour the water directly down the drain. You can also collect the water in a large tank for watering plants. They will benefit from these tiny black specks.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 after running three to five gallons of water. You’d better dispense water every week to ensure a continual fresh supply.
Our Top Rated Refrigerator Water Filters
|Product||Clatterans CL-RF10 LG Refrigerator Water Filter LT1000P ADQ74793501 ADQ74793502 Replacement & 9980 Water Filter, 3-Pack||Clatterans CL-RF04 LT700P LG ADQ36006101 Refrigerator Water Filter & 469690 Water Filter, 3-Pack||Clatterans CL-RF03 Replacement for Refrigerator Water Filter DA29-00020B HAF-CIN/EXP 46-9101 Water Filter, 3-Pack||Clatterans CL-Z010 Replacement for DA29-00003B, RF268ABRS Water Filter, DA2900003G Replacement, 3-Pack|
|Package||3 Filters||3 Filters||3 Filters||3 Filters|
|Filter Type||Coconut Shell Activated Carbon||Coconut Shell Activated Carbon||Coconut Shell Activated Carbon||Coconut Shell Activated Carbon|
|Compatibility||LG (LT1000P, LFXC24796)|
Kenmore (469980, ADQ74793502)
|LG (LT700P, LFX25978SB, LMX25986SB)|
|Samsung (DA29-00020A, HDX-FMS-2, RFC0700A)||Samsung (DA29-00003, DA61-00159)|
|Flow Rate||0.5 gpm||0.5 gpm||0.66 gpm||0.66 gpm|
|Capacity||200 gallons||200 gallons||300 gallons||300 gallons|
|Filter Life||6 Months||6 Months||6 Months||6 Months|
|Operating Pressure||20-120 PSI||20-120 PSI||30-125 PSI||20-120 PSI|
|Certification||NSF & IAPMO||NSF & IAPMO||NSF & IAPMO||NSF & IAPMO|
|Product Dimensions||6.69 x 1.8 x 1.8 inches||6.89 x 1.77 x 1.77 inches||8.78 x 2.05 x 2.05 inches||5.71 x 2.99 x 2.99 inches|
|Weight||14.82 Ounces||15.87 Ounces||28.22 Ounces||28.92 Ounces|
This replacement for LG LT1000P is NSF certified to remove small particles and contaminants, such as lead, chlorine, and impurities that cause bad tastes and odors. Using coconut activated carbon, the water filter has a life of up to six months or 200 gallons. After reaching this limit, it has to be replaced for better-tasting water and ice.
Compatible with LG LT700P and Kenmore 469690, this filter is a reliable replacement with a 200-gallon filter capacity. The activated carbon and official NSF/ANSI 42 certification ensure great filtration for safe, clean and good tasting water. Without any tools, it is easy and quick to install into your refrigerator.
Clatterans refrigerator water filter carries NSF international against NSF/ANSI Standards 42. It is a renewable, activated coconut carbon-block filter. This ensures that your drinking water and ice are free of most harmful metal contaminants, pesticides and bacteria. Each filter can last up to six months or 300 gallons of water. This filter fits a wide range of Samsung water filters.
This CL-Z010 Water Filter 3-pack is the compatible replacement for Samsung DA29-00003B, RF268ABRS, and DA2900003G filter. The advanced filtration technology is effective in removing chlorine, lead, cadmium and most contaminants that are harmful to your health. Meanwhile, it can still keep the minerals which are beneficial for your body. This fridge filter with a 300-gallon capacity is quality approved by NSF and IAPMO to serve you cleaner and fresher water.
Change your refrigerator water filter regularly and remember to flush it the first time to keep the water and ice tasting pure and fresh. Find the right replacement filter for your refrigerator on Clatterans official website. Filters on our site have all been certified by the NSF and use coconut shell-activated carbon to remove up to 99% of contaminants in tap water.