September 22nd, 2008 07:18 PM
Inline water filter question???
I just bought and installed a new inline water filter...the kind for the frig water/ice maker. After hooking up the quick connecters, I was snapping the filter itself in place and I noticed a wee bit of water coming out of the filter.
So, does anyone know if this is normal residual water from manufacturing/flushing/pressure testing? Or did someone buy a new one, then return the box with their old, used up filter in it?
Thanks...I know someone here knows the answer. If it matters, it is a GE filter.
September 22nd, 2008 07:51 PM
That's worrisome that water is coming out of it before you pressurized it? I doubt that the companies pressure test every one, I guess it's possible, maybe they pull some random filters and check them and you happened to buy one of those?
You may be right, someone may have returned a used filter. I don't like how this sounds, I'd return it and complain about it having water in it already and check a new one out instead.
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September 22nd, 2008 07:53 PM
Here's what I'd do: Call the company and ask if it's normal (Google the phone #). If they say it's not, return it to the store for another unit, and check the new one before you take it home.
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September 22nd, 2008 07:53 PM
I use the same set up for mine, and have never had water come out before I turned my supply back on, I have had it happen after the water was turned back (but we won't go there right now ).
I'd take it back and swap it for one that still had the factory seal on the box, or at least looked like it had never been opened.
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September 22nd, 2008 09:07 PM
The filters I buy for our frig come in a box, but are also 'sealed' in plastic...no way to be used and returned. If not in the plastic, then I would return it.
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September 22nd, 2008 09:41 PM
It has been many years since I worked in the retail plumbing field, but I have never seen a filter that had water in it that had not been hooked up. More than likely someone purchased it couldn't get something to work properly and returned it to the store.
I would take it back and tell them this and get one that hasn't been hooked up already.
Another suggestion, when you hook up the new one, run some water through it before connecting it to the back of the fridge line. Just stick it in a pail and turn the water pressure on till it runs clear, will only be a pint or quart of water. There is a good chance that the first water to come out of it will be black if it is an activated charcoal filter. Nothing wrong with it, but you don't want that charcoal in your ice maker or fridge line.
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September 22nd, 2008 09:57 PM
Thanks all...I'll have to take it back. It' wasn't a lot of water...really just a teeny drip, but it made me wonder. One of the quick connect fittings also is a check valve. Farron may be right, perhaps it didn't work/wouldn't flow for them because of the check put in backwards? Or then again, maybe it's 6 months old and they just wanted a replacement free... Yep, going back.
September 22nd, 2008 10:07 PM
Someone used and returned it,take it back and inform them. Get a sealed unit. The filters I got were wrapped in heatshrink plastic.
September 22nd, 2008 10:37 PM
What Pete Z said... I would risk a potential health problem.
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