When to Change Filters on Your Ice Machine?
It is essential to regularly change your ice machine’s filter to ensure that it continues to operate safely and efficiently. The lifespan of your filter will depend on how often you use the machine. Filters need to be changed every six months, or 300 gallons of ice produced. Filters with larger pores will last longer. If you get a warning on your machine about a low flow rate, you may have clogged up the filter and need to change it. You may have issues with uneven ice or clumps of ice in your bin. You may have discoloration of your ice. Any of these warning signs mean it’s time to change your filter.
When do you change your filter?
300 Gallons ice produced
What to look for to know when to change it?
Warning about low flow rate
Uneven ice or clumps of ice in your bin
Life Expectancy of a Water Filter
The life of your water filter depends on the type you purchase, how often you use it, and how well you maintain it. Most water filters come with a recommended usage schedule and maintenance tips to extend their lifespan. Most brands will advise changing your water filter cartridge every six months.
General recommendations for water filtration systems include keeping them clean, avoiding freezing, and do not put them in excessively acidic water. Depending on the water filter you choose, it can last from a few months to several years. You can extend the lifespan of your water filter by regularly cleaning and maintaining it.
How do you help your water filter last longer?
Regularly cleaning the ice machine
How do I know when to replace my water filter?
It is recommended that you change your water filter cartridge every six months or when your water flow rate starts to slow down. The easiest way to know when to replace your water filter is by keeping track of how many gallons of water it has filtered. Most water filter cartridges have a flow meter that can be programmed to display the number of gallons it has filtered. When this number reaches a certain threshold, it is time to replace the cartridge. If you don’t have a flow meter on your water filter, you can keep track of the number of gallons of water it has filtered by marking the date on a calendar every time you change the filter.
Other things to look for when checking your filter are:
A slow decrease in water pressure
A water filter that’s clogged or in need of replacement will deliver water at lower pressure, making it seem as though there is a reduction in pressure in your home’s water supply. A clogged water filter can also result in discolored water and an increased risk of bacterial growth.
Checked the outside of the filter
When you are checking the outside of the filter, also make sure that there are no holes in the filter. Holes are a serious risk to the integrity of the filter and could cause the filter to become ineffective. If your filter has a hole, you will need to replace it. Also, check for signs of rust or corrosion on the outside of the filter.
Drains or faucets start to make odd noises
If you notice that the water flow through a faucet or drain starts to sound different, maybe it starts to make some odd clicking or grinding noises, that can be a sign that your water filter needs to be cleaned or replaced.
Turbidity or bad-tasting water
Cloudy or bad-tasting water could be due to high levels of iron or manganese, low pH, or naturally occurring chemicals. These are contaminants that your water filter would normally catch and remove, but if you notice a difference in taste or smell that means your water filter isn’t doing its job and should be replaced.
Changing Ice Machine Filter Q&A
Ice machines are vital pieces of equipment for any business that offers drinks onsite, and it is important to keep them maintained to avoid interruptions to service. When it comes to maintaining your ice machine, the filter is the most important component. Regularly changing the filter can extend the life of your ice machine and keep your employees and customers safe from contaminants in the ice. The recommended filter change schedule will depend on the type of filter you have installed in your ice machine. You can typically get between 5,000 and 10,000 pounds of ice before replacing the filter.
Will the ice maker stop working if the filter is dirty?
Yes. An ice maker’s performance will be negatively impacted if the filter is not cleaned. If there is too much dirt, sand, or other particles in the water, the unit may shut down altogether. The same can be said of water filters, which can become clogged with minerals and other materials, causing them to become less effective at removing contaminants. Cleaning these appliances is necessary to maintain their performance and keep them in good working order.
What happens when you use a water filter too long?
When you don’t change your water filter it becomes a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria. If you don’t change out your water filter, your water is no longer being filtered and it is including whatever contaminants that are growing inside the old filter. You can get sick, germs contaminate the water, it will taste weird, and the water can get cloudy, and smell funny. You also run the risk of a drop in inefficiency. Perhaps your water isn’t pouring out quite as fast as it used to. That’s because all the old minerals and bacteria build up on the filter and make the job of letting the water pass through harder.
Why is the ice maker making ice slow?
Slow ice production or a frozen ice maker can be frustrating and inconvenient. Fortunately, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can take to get things functioning normally again.
There are a few things to check if your ice maker takes longer than usual to make ice. The first thing to look at is the water supply. If the water coming into your house is very hard, the ice maker may take longer to make ice
You can also check the water supply for debris If the water filter is clogged, you may have issues with the water flow. The ice maker uses water for its process, so if the water flow is restricted, you may have issues with the ice maker’s production. Replace the water filter if this is the case. If your slow ice maker also makes small ice cubes, the waterline may have a problem. Pull the freezer away from the wall to check the water line leading to it from the wall. If there are kinks in the line or something is blocking it, reposition it.
Can your water filter make you sick?
An old filter is not only going to be less effective but gross and grimy. You’re putting yourself and whoever is in contact with that water at risk for drinking whatever contaminants are in the tap water and whatever is growing in that old filter. The moist environment in the pitcher filter is perfect for multiplication, so bacteria can reach higher concentrations. This can make you sick if you continue to use the old filter.
Can a clogged water filter cause the ice maker not to work?
Yes! A clogged water filter will cause the ice maker to not work. Usually, when this happens, the water filter is clogged with sediment. When the water filter is clogged, you won’t get ice cubes and you may get water with a tint of tan or brown. Sediment is the usual culprit for clogging the water filter.
It also leaves behind debris and contaminants, which could be ingested if you don’t clean the filter often. What’s more, a clogged water filter might increase the risk of water damage because it floods the motor with water.
How long does it take to make ice after changing the water filter?
Once a new filter is installed, allow it to go through several ice-making cycles before you use the ice. It may take up to 24 hours for a newly installed icemaker filter to start working. Also, if the newly installed filter is attached to the waterline, there could be air in the line. It can sometimes take a few icemaking cycles to clear the line of air. Make sure that there is water flowing to the ice maker. Check for kinks in the tubing, for frozen areas of the water tube, and that the household water supply is turned on. If there is water in the ice maker, but it’s not freezing, use a freezer thermometer to verify that the temperature is cold enough to freeze.