Imagine going to a mall a night before Easter, after driving up and down in the parking lot between the car queues and finding no place you decide to come out and head your vehicle to another road which takes you elsewhere.
Similarly, when all the spaces in your filter cartridge are completely clogged with particles, the water takes another way and drag the pollutants out with it. This is quite dangerous for your family’s health.
Therefore, when you find that your filter is clogged and reached a stage where it refuses to filter because it is packed with grim and pollutants. And at this point, you get to know that it’s the time to replace your filter when the water you put inside stops flowing out.
Not only this, but your carbon filter also grows bacteria inside as these living organisms feed on the collected carbon particles and become a breeding ground for them.
So, the question arises on how often you should change the filter cartridge and how to change it. To answer the first question, there are four ways to know it:
As a general rule, you should change your filter every six to eight months. However, if you drink a lot of water, you need to replace it more often.
Remember, your water should taste good if your water starts to smell or taste strange, it means you should quickly change the filter.
It is time to replace the filter if your water changes its color or you happen to see things floating in it.
Flow is another test that tells you that your filter needs replacement. If your water starts flowing slower and there appears to be an obstruction, go for a change.
How can You Remember Changing the Filter?
Since a few zero water pitchers do not come with an indication system to change the filter, you need an alternative way to recall that your filter needs replacement. Some of the key-ways are as under:
Water Filter Replacement Indicators
These are other than those which the company provides. They usually come in the form of indicator strips that are to be dipped inside your filtered water. The strip changes the color to indicate that the filter needs replacement.
Although these indicators do not match the time advised by the manufacturers, they can be relied upon being precise.
A caution here is to be considered that a few water filters get affected with hot water so you need to be careful while switching from passive to active filter models.
Zero Water Filters also offers a reminder service via email. You may get registered yourself with the company when you purchase their filter, you will automatically get an email on your registered ID for filtration change.
Please note it on your calendar six months from the day the new cartridge is installed. Notice it on your calendar. The date of the installation may also be marked somewhere near the filter unit itself with the replacement date.
Is it Necessary to Replace Filter at the Suggested time?
Precisely not. As months after the recommended date, the filters are found to perform very well. The replacement time depends on the following factors:
- The amount of daily water usage
- The number of impurities in the water you pour inside to filter
- The quality of your filter
Preparing for Changing Filter
- Clean, rinse, or wash thoroughly your newly bought filter cartridge with all its plastic components.
- Rinse the filter bottle completely with lukewarm water and dishwashing soap. Please keep in mind that the TDS monitor, filter cartridge, and the bottle components are not dishwasher safe.
- Dispose of all plastic bags as this may cause suffocation hazards to delicate children.
- Take the bottom chamber and put the bottom chamber rim on the top. Make sure that the white rim and the ribbed section are overlapping the bottom chamber. If it is mounted upside down, there can be leakage. Make sure that it is tightly fitting the bottom space.
- Now align the nuts placing them inside the recessed space of the bottom chamber and fasten the float valve into the hole in the lower chamber. Do not hold the Filter Bottle hard because it is fragile and can crack until it is mounted on the float valve.
- Put the bottom chamber on top of your unitalong with a float valve in the reservoir.
- Use adapters for filters now.
- Put the top of the lower chamber in the upper chamber. Make sure the lower chamber divider ring is tightly attached to the lower chamber.
- Place the lid above the upper chamber.
- Install the filter adapter by turning it clockwise to the upper chamber until you feel a tight and secure fit. Be certain that the “O-Ring” is at its appropriate place and is not bulging out.
- Remove packaging filter cartridges.
- Screw cartridges firmly into the holes at the bottom of the adapter Obtain a complete O-Ring seal. Avoid overdrawing as the O-ring can be deformed this way and will not be thoroughly sealed to prevent the unpurified water from leaking.
- Put the uppermost chamber aligned with the affixed cartridge back onto the bottom chamber.
Pro Tip: If your newly bought filter remained exposed to a chilly temperature for a long duration, first keep it at room temperature for a few hours so that its pores may get back to their normal form and then pour water in it.