What Happens If I Don’t Replace My Water Filter?

May 08 2015

Whether it be for drinking, cooking, or showering we always want to have the best water possible. But if we don’t take care of our water filters, we cannot expect to have clear and healthy water. So what happens if you don’t replace your water filter? Keep reading to find out.


The regeneration cycle (referring to the action of water softeners “recharging” resin beads after it has become “full” of calcium and magnesium) attempts to clear debris that has been gathered from all of those months. If the media is too old or too much has been flushed away the regeneration cycle will either stop or will happen quite significantly and frequently wasting your electricity and the remaining salt. Although, if the regeneration cycle stops it may cause your water pressure to drop, but it would probably take months for you to notice this. The less filter the media system has the more likely it is for things like bacteria, hard minerals, debris, and other contaminants water filters eliminate to get through, which is not much worse than not having a filter at all. So how do you know when to replace your water filter?

The answer is, it depends.

The frequency of the filter changes all depend on your water quality and usage, ranging anymore from 3-6 months. For instance, if there are a lot of particular sediments in your water then you will want to change your filters more frequently than someone with little to no sediment. If you have a big family, drink gallons of water and wash piles of laundry then your usage will most likely demand more common filter changes.

For more questions or uses about your water filter, feel free to call Superior Water and Air today!