You've been enjoying crystal-clear water for the past few months. Then, all of a sudden, you notice that something has changed. You take a sip of water from your glass and see that it tastes funny or smells odd. Suddenly, you realize: My water filter is not working! What could have happened? And, more importantly—how do I fix it?
Decrease in water pressure.
If your water pressure decreases, it's time to replace your filter. If you have a pressure regulator on your faucet, check that it is not the cause of the low pressure.
If you have a water softener, check to see if it works properly and does not need attention or maintenance.
Odd noises coming from your sink
Check for loose connections between your filter and other components like faucets or sinks; these connections are critical since they allow filtered water through after passing through filters! Also, make sure that no debris gets stuck anywhere along those lines; if so, try cleaning them off with an old toothbrush before reinstalling everything back into place again. Check for any cracks in pipes coming out from underneath sinks. These cracks may allow bacteria into everyone's drinking sources which could potentially cause serious illness if consumed regularly over time!
Sudden Bad taste or smell
One of the first signs that your water filter is not working properly is when it starts to have a bad taste or smell. This can happen for several reasons, including:
A buildup of sediment in the filter. Sediment consists of contaminates that get caught in the filter, making it less effective at filtering out other contaminants. You will need to replace your filter with an equivalent replacement to fix this problem.
The water source has changed or had some change within it (like construction). As a result, your water may have more contaminants than normal. If so, you should consider changing filters more often than you would normally (once every six months may be necessary).
To determine whether or not it's time for you to replace your old water filter with a new one and/or if any other issues are going on with your current setup where someone else might be able.
Color changes in the water.
Your water filter should be replaced if you see any color changes in the water. This change can be caused by minerals in the water or a bacterial infection, but it can also indicate a problem with your water filter.
If your water has started to take on a yellow or orange tint, that's probably due to iron contamination in your drinking supply. Iron is one of those elements that gets deposited on plastic surfaces over time and will eventually leach into whatever liquid comes into contact with it—including your drinking supply if there's enough buildup on the inside of your filter.
It can also happen when there's too much sediment in an unfiltered source like a well or pond (since this means there are more particles for bacteria to feed off), which can lead to algae growths elsewhere within your home as well (like on shower heads). If this happens often enough, then replacing both filters mid-cycle might help keep things from happening again down the road!
If white flakes appear at any point during everyday use—especially after switching between different types of drinkable liquids like juice versus coffee--then chances are good, they came from within one specific source: bacteria living inside one part.
Cloudy or discolored Water
If your water is cloudy, it's a sign of sediment in the filter. Sediment can be caused by hard water, metals (like iron), or bacteria in the water. If you have cloudy water, run the faucet for a few minutes and see if it clears up. If not, contact your plumber to find out what might be causing this issue and how to fix it.
Fontus Water Treatment has got you covered when it comes to your water filtration needs year-round, so give us a call today at (207) 865-8165