What Happens When You Don’t Change Your Refrigerator Water Filter?

Have you been putting off changing the filter in your refrigerator? While this may not be the most exciting chore on your to-do list, it is an absolute necessity. The water filter in your fridge is designed to keep drinking water tasty and clear of particles like chlorine but, if not changed regularly, it will fail at this mission.

The usual recommendation is for water filters to be replaced at least once every six months. Some advanced filters are designed to last a full year before requiring a replacement. Others, however, may require replacing more frequently. This is especially true of older models.

The following are just a few of the benefits you’ll enjoy after changing your water filter:

Better-tasting water

Is your water starting to taste a bit foul? If your filter hasn’t been changed in awhile, it is not in optimal shape to do its job correctly, leaving you with water that doesn’t taste so great. If your water tastes bad, you may be less inclined to reach that goal of eight glasses of H20 a day. In this way, the failure to change your water filters regularly could actually impact your overall health without you fully recognizing it. Drink to your health by making it more pleasant for you and your family to drink delicious water.

Save money

The potential for savings may be one of the reasons you invested in a filtering system in the first place. After all, drinking filtered water costs signficantly less than purchasing the bottled version. According to TLC, the annual cost of drinking bottled water in a family of four is well over $3,000! Compare this to refrigerator filters, which can be replaced for a fraction of the cost. Maintain your initial investment by keeping up with the maintenance of your refrigerator.

Save the environment

Not only are filters far less expensive than bottled water, they are also a whole lot better for the environment. Millions of plastic bottles end up in trash dumps every year. Despite a push for recycling, research suggests that 75 percent of water bottles are trashed rather than recycled. Even when recycling does enter the equation, it doesn’t make up for the vast amounts of energy required to produce water bottles. In the midst of an energy crisis, we really don’t need to be throwing precious resources away on bottled water.

Remove contaminants

Tap water is supposed to be treated, but unfortunately, not all city purification centers are up to par. Poorly-treated tap water may contain traces of mercury, lead or benzene, all of which constitute major health risks. An up-to-date water filter can easily clear out such contaminants. As the filter ages, it loses its ability to keep your water safe. If you value your health, make sure you replace your refrigerator filter on a regular basis.

As the cost of bottled water continues to rise, more and more drinkers are expected to switch over to refrigerator filters. If replaced regularly, these filters can truly improve one’s health and well-being.

About the Author

Danielle has never been a fan of bottled water and prefers to filter her own at home. Read her work at eatbreatheblog.com.