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Joe
GE Whole House Water Filter
Joe

Hello Everyone,

A few years ago when we had our basement finished, the remodeler installed a GE whole house water filter with the FXHTC filter. Over the years, I have been changing the filter every 3 months religiously. When I turn the water "on" after changing the filter, the water rushing throughout the copper pipes make a banging sound. Is this normal? Does anyone else's copper pipes make this sound after changing the filter and turning "on" the water? My concern/worry is that the constant banging from the pipes cannot be good on the copper joints.

Also, the water from the taps and the toilets come out dark in color. I assume the water is safe and the discoloration is okay since the water is a closed system.

I would appreciate your thoughts/input on my scenario.

-joe

dj1
Re: GE Whole House Water Filter
dj1

You can turn on the water slowly, allowing fresh water to fill the pipes gently.

Generally, pipes make noise when water is running, even when the pipes are strapped correctly. Out of the ordinary noise could be a sign of no straps.

About the color of the water: what is your water source? dark water sound unhealthy to me. Have your water checked. I would not drink and cook in such water before tests are done.

A. Spruce
Re: GE Whole House Water Filter
A. Spruce
jpi7605 wrote:

Also, the water from the taps and the toilets come out dark in color. I assume the water is safe and the discoloration is okay since the water is a closed system.

I'll assume that you only notice the color of the water after the filter is changed, I would encourage you to review your water filter owners manual. It should be clearly stated in the manual that a new filter will have particulate and other things from the manufacturing process that needs to be flushed out of the filter before the water will run clear, and more importantly, be potable. Review your owners manual, make sure you're filter changing process is correct.

If it were me, I'd run the nearest filtered faucet until the water ran clear, so as not to contaminate the entire house system, which would then require flushing as well. The reason I say "nearest filtered faucet" is because exterior hose bibs are not generally filtered. If you have softened water as well, then the hose bib located nearest the driveway will likely be softened as well, so as not to leave water spots when you wash your vehicle, i.e., don't use a hose bib to flush the system.

This same flushing process is required when changing refrigerator filters as well, as there will be significant silt flushed out of the filter upon first use. Preferably you can flush the filter into a bucket before installing into the refrigerator system, however, newer fridges have internal filters, so there's no way to "pre wash" the filter before use.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: GE Whole House Water Filter
HoustonRemodeler

There should be an air bleeder valve on the top of the unit.

1- Turn the before filter valve off
2- Turn the after filter valve off
3- Press the bleeder button
4- remove old fliter
5- inspect filter holder for icky growth, clean if needed
6- Install new filter
7- Open before filter valve
8- press bleeder button until water appears
9- Open after filter valve
10- open TUB valve to flush the system. The tub has no screen to clog. If you open the nearest faucet instead, be sure to clear the screen.
11- Wait 3 months and repeat. (we do 6 months here)

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