If A high-quality reverse osmosis drinking water system is properly maintained, it will last for a long period of time, say years. Here’s what it takes to make your system last longer:
Regular Filter Changes
First, you need to go through your system’s manual and take note of the schedule for changing the filter. There may be 3 to 5 stages in Your RO system. So the exact filters in each of the stages in the system and he time each filter is due for replacement should be noted
Change your sediment filter in annual interval. The sediment filter is very important as it strains out sediment, silt and dirt and protects the delicate RO membranes from getting in contact with such dirt. This is why it is important to change the filter routinely. This way, the RO membranes which becomes easily clogged is protected from silt and dirt.
The carbon filter should also be changed every 12 months. It removes contaminants such as chlorine and other ions which can have effect on the life and performance of the RO membrane. It also saves the odor and taste of the water.
This is a semi-permeable membrane designed to filter out almost all additional contaminants while allowing only water to pass through. The RO membrane can be replaced every 2 to 3 years only if the carbon filters and the sediments are replaced on schedule. However, household water usage and the quality of water would determine your schedule.
A 4-stage RO system is designed with a final post filter which serves to polish the water and remove any odor and taste in the water. The final filter ensures that you have a clean water ready for consumption.
If you do not change the filters according to the schedule, water production is reduced and the entire system may be damaged. If the flow from your RO faucet becomes reduced, then that shows that your filters need to be replaced as they have exhausted their life span.
RO Filter Change Schedule
How to Clean and Sanitize Your System Annually?
When changing out the filters, it is recommended that you seize such opportunity to sanitize your RO system. You can do this yourself or hire A local treatment professional to do that for you.
Though you may want to consult your owner’s manual If cleaning yourself, here’s is a general process you can adopt to get the job done:
• the main valve should be Shut off completely
• all of the water from your RO faucet should be dispense
• carbon filters and sediment should be removed from their housing
• The reverse osmosis membrane should be removed from housing
• the filters should be Kept out of their housings and the housings screwed back in place
• about 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide should be Poured into the stage one housing
• All connections should be reattached
• the main valve should be turned on again
• The system should be allowed to run (the storage tank refills quickly without the filters)
• Allow the system to run for 2 cycles more
• The main valve should be Shut off again
• Install the new filters
• Let the tank fill back up and then drain one more time