A water purifier has become a necessity in every home with rising pollution levels and poor quality of water in various cities. There are multiple variants and models available in the market with various features but in reality, what matters is the quality of filters. Filters and RO membrane remove both dissolved and suspended impurities from drinking water but they do get clogged after a few months of usage, turning less effective. Hence, it is important to regularly service the water purifier and replace the filters periodically to ensure you and your family consume clean drinking water.
Sometimes you may not remember that it is time to change the filters. Here, we tell you about a few early signs that indicate that it’s probably time to change your water purifier’s filters and RO membrane.
1. Water Is Dispensing Slowly & With Lower Pressure
The filters get choked through the impurities in water especially in case of high TDS water. In such a situation, you may notice that the water pressure is lower and the water gets dispensed slowly. It means that you might soon need to replace the filters to get your water purifier back up and running.
2. Change in Water’s Taste & Odor
When water passes through various filters and RO membrane, certain harmful chemicals and unwanted particles are filtered out. When the filters get choked, they don’t work as efficiently as required, and the impurities might pass through to your drinking water. This may lead to an unusual taste and odor in water especially if the carbon filters are not working properly. Hence, you may need to soon replace the filters.
3. Higher TDS Levels in Water
TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) is an indicator of water purity. Impure water has high TDS levels. When the filters start wearing out, you might feel that water tastes a bit salty and feels hard. Water with high TDS levels can also leave stains on the drinking glass.
You can check the TDS levels of your drinking water using a TDS meter, which is easily available online or hardware stores. Whenever you replace your water purifier’s filters and RO membrane, check the TDS of the water, and note it down somewhere safe for reference. A dramatic increase in the TDS levels, indicates that either the input water quality has gone bad or it is time to change the filters and membrane.
4. Water Appears Cloudy
Clean water appears colorless and transparent. If water lacks this quality, it means that there are impurities in it. When filters don’t work as they’re supposed to, it could sometimes result in a cloudy appearance, and such water is not considered safe for drinking. Turbidity refers to the cloudiness of the water, and you can check for it by holding a glass filled with water against the sunlight. If the water appears cloudy, it is a clear sign that you need to get your water purifier’s filters and RO membrane replaced.
5. Alarm or Indicator Light
Many brands equip their purifiers with an alarm or indicator that gets activated whenever it’s time to change the filters and the RO membrane. If your water purifier shows any such signal, please get it serviced at the earliest.
Any of the signs mentioned above indicate the need for immediate servicing of the water purifier and in most cases the need for replacing filters and RO membrane. In such cases, you should contact your service provider and let them know that you need to change the filters. Some market players periodically send service engineers to your place without a need for you to contact them, especially when you’ve subscribed to an annual maintenance plan (AMC). Onsitego’s AMC plan for RO+UV and UV water purifiers includes 2 scheduled maintenance services a year, annual replacement of filters and membrane and unlimited repairs. Click here to know more about Onsitego Annual Maintenance Contract.