You may be researching the best filters to use in your ice maker in the state of Washington. However, before you even purchase a filter, you need to know what’s in your water. The best way to do this is to hire a professional to come out and test your water. Once you know how many particles are in your water, only then you can choose the best filter for your ice maker.
When to Use a Filter
You may be surprised to learn that you don’t even really need a water filter in your ice maker. However, a filter can help an ice maker make better quality ice. Additionally, a filter can reduce the amount of maintenance you need to perform on your ice maker, as well as repairs. In this situation, the benefits often outweigh the cost of a filter.
Of course, the most popular reason to buy a filter is to reduce the number of contaminants in your ice. And while your ice maker may produce quality ice when you first start using it, over time you may notice the ice becoming cloudier or softer, or developing an odor. You can avoid all of this by using a filter right from the start.
Different Types of Filters
There are three types of ice maker filters you can purchase: sediment filters, phosphate filters, and carbon filters. No matter which filter you opt for in the end, you should replace your filter every six months for maximum ice quality.
Sediment filters are the most commonly used filters in the ice maker world. Their purpose is as more of a general catch-all for dirt and particles that end up in your water supply. When researching sediment filters, you should be looking at the filter’s flow rate and micron rating.
The flow rate is the speed at which water flows through the filter, and how many particles the filter can remove from the water during that time. For instance, a filter with a flow rate of 2 GPM allows two gallons of water to flow through it per minute. The most effective filter for you is the one that can handle the amount of output you intend to push through it each minute.
Micron rating is the size of the particles the filter allows to pass through. For instance, if a speck of dirt in your water supply is 20 microns in size, and you have a 10-micron filter, the
filter will catch that particle and allow smaller ones to pass through and into the ice you eventually consume.
Carbon filters use a process known as absorption to clean your water. They do this by trapping harmful particles in your water and allowing clean water to pass through. Unlike other kinds of filters, carbon filters also remove chlorine from the water. If you’re looking to buy a filter for a commercial ice maker, in many cases carbon filters are your best bet, since they are safer to use with some models than are phosphate filters.
Phosphate filters work by reducing the
amount of “scale” your water produces. It does this by removing the amount of iron and “hardness” in your hard water supply. These filters also protect the ice maker’s moving parts from corrosion by forming a kind of liner within the pipes.
Sometimes finding the “best” filter for your ice maker also means finding a filter that fits within your budget. Consumer Reports suggests selecting a filter based on the standards t
hat apply to water filters. These standards include the kinds of particulates the filter can catch and remove from your water, including pharmaceuticals and chemicals.
While you may be interested in saving money on a filter, it is more important that you select a filter that will remove the specific contaminants that are in your water. If, for example, you select a filter that catches pharmaceutical particles, but there are none in your water, then that is not the right filter for you, and you have wasted your money.
The best way to save money on a filter is to opt for a filter that will do the exact job you need it to do. Don’t waste money on a filter designed to capture particles that aren’t even in your water supply.
Having Trouble Selecting an Ice Maker Filter? Top Shelf Appliance Can Help!
If you’re new to the process of picking o
ut a filter for your ice maker, give Top Shelf Appliance a call. We’ve installed ice makers of all makes and models, and we know from experience which filters work best with each model.
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