Water and air filters are essential components in any modern refrigerator. They provide fresh water and clean air by filtering out contaminants. But how long do these filters really last?
Lifetime of water filter
The water filter removes sediment, heavy metals, chemicals, and bacteria from the water. Experts recommend changing it every 6 months.
However, the actual life of the filter depends on the following factors:
- Water Quality – If you have hard water, the filter gets saturated faster.
- Usage – The more water you filter, the shorter the lifespan.
- Filter Type – Activated carbon filters last longer than ion exchange resins.
Signs that indicate the need for filter replacement:
- Slow water flow.
- Unpleasant taste or odor.
- Sediment build-up
Filter should be replaced every 3-4 months for heavy use.
Lifetime of air filter
The air filter in the refrigerator traps dust, smoke, odors, and mold from the circulating air.
Its service life is approximately 12 months. But it depends on:
- Appliance usage – If the refrigerator is opened frequently, the filter will become saturated sooner.
- Home environment – particularly the presence of pets or smoking, can affect the life of a refrigerator filter.
Signs of a saturated filter are:
- Dust accumulation.
- Unpleasant odors inside the refrigerator.
- Decreased cold air flow.
In homes with pets or dusty environments, change it every 6-9 months.
Tips for extending lifetime
You can extend the lifespan of the filters by following these tips:
- Use bottled or filtered water in the dispenser to avoid sediment build-up.
- Regularly clean the drip tray and condenser. This improves air flow.
- Periodically check the filters and change them as soon as you notice a decrease in performance.
- Buy good quality filters, even if they are a little more expensive. Cheap filters become saturated faster.