How much does your refrigerator filter cost you?
While I normally go for the less expensive appliances with fewer options I wouldn’t use anyway, the one option I love on a refrigerator is to have an ice and cold water dispenser right in the door. It makes getting a glass of water so fast and convenient that I am sure it causes me to mindlessly drink more water than I otherwise would. The downside of course is that water dispenser costs extra money, and the expense doesn’t stop after you have purchased your extra fancy refrigerator. Here is how you can eliminate that extra expense with a refrigerator bypass.
Those refrigerators are equipped with water filters to make sure the water they dispense is clean. These filters can be expensive, here is the filter that goes in my refrigerator for almost $40 on Amazon. According to the manufacturer, those filters should be replaced every 6 months. $40 every six months is a lot of money!
While I am sure you can safely go a little longer than six months before replacing your filter it’s not a good idea to leave the same filter in there forever. As a filter becomes clogged with more and more dirt it will slow down the flow of water to your dispenser and ice maker. It is also possible that the dirt that accumulates in the filter could eventually wash into your drinking glass, making your water dirtier than ever. So what do you do if you want to stop spending all that money every six months? We will start with a questions.
How is the tap water in your house?
If you answered “um… fine I guess.” then keep reading.
If you answered “It tastes funny, I think a filter is a good idea.” then there is a good chance you are just being too picky. Skip down to the section that says “cheaper ways to get a filter”
Bypass the filter
The town I live in has good clean water, so I think I can get by just fine without a water filter in my refrigerator. So the last time my filter needed to be changed I replaced it with a $25 bypass from Amazon. What is a bypass? It is simply a tube that connects where the water is supposed to flow into your water filter in your refrigerator, to the tube where it is supposed to flow out of your water filter. Basically, it is a tube that bypasses the water filter.
When I installed that bypass, I didn’t really notice a change in the quality of the water, but I did notice that the water dispenser flowed quite a bit faster than before, so that was nice. To get a bypass that fits your model, follow this link to Amazon’s bypasses, then search for your model. Then slip it into your fridge when it arrives and never worry about changing your filter again. Not having to think about the filter every six months is almost as big of a benefit as the money you will save.
Cheaper Ways to Get a Filter
But what if you do think you need a water filter due to the water quality in your home? The good news is that you can buy a filter that instead of fitting in your refrigerator, filters the water before it even gets there. Because your refrigerator manufacturer doesn’t have a monopoly on producing these devices, you’ll find they cost a fraction of what a refrigerator filter would cost.
This Omnipure K2586-JJ Inline Phosphate Filter costs less than $10 on Amazon. It is easy to install in the 1/4 inch clear plastic tube that carries the water to your fridge. You can combine that with the bypasses that were discussed above (click this link, then search for your model, for less than your original water filter costs to have water that is just as clean.