There’s no better feeling than buying and installing a whole house water filter, as you realize it’s one of the best ways to provide your family with safe, clean water.

While this is a big purchase with the potential to provide benefits for many years to come, there’s something to remember: your whole house water filter will not last forever.

Here are some frequently asked questions pertaining to the maintenance, upkeep, and longevity of a whole house water filter:

What happens if I don’t change the filter regularly?

Just the same as a furnace filter, it’s important to regularly change the filter in a whole house water filter system.
With a new filter in place, your system is much more efficient at capturing sediment, silt, rust, and any contaminants before they reach your lips.

How many filters do I need to replace?

There is no easy answer to this question, as it depends largely on the type of system you have in place.

In most cases, you’ll need to replace the sediment pre-filter every three to six months and the sub-micron post-filter once a year.

Is it difficult to replace the filters in my system?

Many people shy away from maintaining their whole house water filter because they’re unsure of what they should and shouldn’t be doing.
Even though you may face some challenges the first time, once you become familiar with how to maintain your system it’s easy to do so.
Upon installation, ask the installer to show you where the filters are located. Also, get a tutorial on how to remove the old filter and replace it with a new one.

Tip: it’s important to track when you change your whole house water filter, as you don’t want to let too much time pass before doing so.
Generally speaking, a whole house water filter is meant to last no longer than 12 months. As long as you understand when to change your filter and signs that it’s time to do so, you never have to concern yourself with waiting too long.