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How Long Do Carbon Filters Last?



An activated carbon filter is an effective tool if you want to remove contaminants from your tap water. You can use these filters to remove chlorine and unpleasant adore from your drinking water. The function of these deltas is to attract organic compounds and then filter them out. The surface of these filters traps these particles.


What the problem with these carbon filters is that they have an expiry date. It is not a good idea to use these filters once they are expired. Expired filters won't be able to filter out contaminants. But the billion-dollar question is, how can you find out when you should replace these filters? In this article, we are going to answer this question. Read on to find out more.


When should you replace your carbon filter?


If you have a carbon filtration system, we suggest that you replace the filters after 12 months at most. It is better to replace them after every six months if you can. If you don't replace the filters after 12 months, you won't be able to benefit from the filter as it would be able to work properly. Since the particles won't be filtered, your filtration system will lose its efficiency.


If you want to remind yourself of the replacement date, you can mark this date on your calendar.


Here is how tap water may impact the lifespan of your activated carbon filters


According to most filtration system manufacturers, users should replace carbon filters after every 6 to 12 months. Basically, you will need to replace the filters more often if the quality of water in your area is very bad. Apart from this, your filter replacement frequency depends on other factors such as the type and level of contaminants in your tap water.


The function of activated carbon filters is to absorb these tiny particles. If your tap water contains a high level of contaminants, you may have to replace these filters more often. Your tap water quality depends on a lot of factors such as your source of water and location. Therefore, you may want to understand your local water first.


Tips to help you to extend the lifespan of your carbon filter


If you are worried about the lifespan of your activated carbon filters, you can do a couple of things. If you follow these steps, you will be able to get the most out of your carbon filters. Without further ado, let's check out some of the tips.


Take out and clean the filters


Some types of carbon filters are designed to be cleaned. If you have one of these filters, we suggest that you clean them on a regular basis. The purpose of this cleaning is to remove sediments and re-open the blocked pores.


Replace your sediment and pre-filters on a regular basis


In many under-the-sink water filtration units, you can find sediment filters and pre-filters. The role of these filters is to filter out contaminants that may go through the carbon filters. And the cost of these filters is relatively lower than their carbon counterparts. Therefore, if you replace these filters on a regular basis, you can save a lot of money and extend the lifespan of your carbon filters. If you experience pressure drop in your water pipelines, you can replace these filters.


Store these filters properly


If you are planning to go on a vacation, we suggest that you clean these filters and keep them in a safe place. According to manufacturers, you may want to use a Ziploc bag two stories filters. Generally, the function of these filters is to absorb impurities. But when they are stored in a ziplock bag, they can slow down this process significantly.


Extend the lifespan of your carbon filters


If you want to improve the taste and smell of your tap water, you can use carbon filtration units. Another purpose of these units is to prevent health issues as they can supply clean drinking water. If you want to maintain the efficacy of these units, we suggest that you replace the carbon filters on a regular basis.


We can help you get a better understanding of residential water filtration. This will help you go for the best filter to cover your needs. We will also share with you a few tips that may help you solve your problems related to drinking water.

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