you'll be happy to know that Kenmore is one of the consumer's choices for top brands and their water filters are just part of the reason.
With all of the varieties available, you have to take care when purchasing your water filter replacement cartridges.
- Know Your Contaniments:
If you contact your local municipality, they should be able to tell you what type of contaniments affect your particular tap water.
All will have some level of chlorine, but there are various types of impurities that affect your tap water that vary from place to place.
Additionally, the intensity of impurities varies as well. Tap water from say Denver, Colorado might be a lot less contaminated than tap water from New York. Knowing this will help you choose a water filter that's right for you.
- Know What Your Kenmore Refrigerator Water Filter Will Remove:
Okay, so now you understand which contaniments are affecting your water. Now you need to determine which refrigerator water filter will remove these impurities most effectively.
There are a wide variety of potentially dangerous contaniments such as:
Now, before you freak out and never turn on the tap again, let me reassure you, that the levels of most of the aforementioned impurities are quite low, if there at all.
That said, you still don't want to be drinking it! Most municipalities will provide you with a percentage breakdown (in parts per million) which will show you the levels of these impurities.
NOTE: - A word about Fluoride: A lot of cities have recently been adding fluoride into the drinking water systems. There are a lot of arguments both for (prevents tooth decay) and against (works best on the exterior of the body, not the interior) this latest addition. The good news is that you have more control over it than you think.
Simply purchase a filter that is designed to remove fluoride from the water before your family drinks it. Then chose the Kenmore refrigerator water filter that will be most effective for your water.
- Does it Lower the Turbidity?:
Have you ever filled a glass of water only to find it looks excessively cloudy, but then five to ten minutes later it's seemingly clear?
This is turbidity -- which causes millions on tiny bubbles to form in the water as the water passes through the pipes and into your glass.
A Refrigerator Water Filter will minimize this effect if not stop it completely. Thus, you'll have a fresh looking (and tasting) glass of water every time.
- What's the Lifespan of Your Kenmore Refrigerator Water Filter?:
The average life span of most refrigerator water filters is six months or 750 gallons.
This lifespan will depend on two things:
One last thing that can affect the lifespan of your water filter (but no one really thinks about) is water pressure. The higher the water pressure, the more it can affect your water filter in a negative manner.
- 1) How large is your family and how much water you use during this time period; and
- 2) The amount of impurities in your tap water.
To get around this potentially damaging effect, simply adjust your water pressure accordingly.
Some of the Kenmore Refrigerator water filters might work in other brands as well. Brands like Amana, Maytag, Jen-Air, and Whirlpool have a number of refrigerator models that can use the Kenmore refrigerator water filters.
- The "Duh" Tip:
Okay, so it may seem like a given, but if you haven't done this yet, make sure it's the first thing you do:Double check the part number
In almost all Sears and Sears Kenmore appliances, you'll find the replacement water filter cartridge model number is either in the owner's manual, or on the water filter itself. Of course, if you still have the old Kenmore water filter cartridge, all the better.
If you don't have the old filter, the user's manual, or access to the water filter itself (for some reason), you can always check online. Check out our Refrigerator Manufacturers Resource Page for contact information for Kenmore or Sears.