Sunday, July 8, 2007

Saving Money DIY- Project #1: Add-On Refrigerator Water Filter


If you have one of those refrigerators with an ice maker and perhaps a water dispenser too, but it is too old to have a water filtering system, there is an easy water filter you can buy that is very simple to add-on.

I have one of these older fridges. I was very excited when I got it used off Craigslist.com. It was a great deal, only $300. I’ve had it for a over 6 months but I don’t really use the ice or water because it didn’t taste very good. Finally I decided to do something about it. I looked up water filters on the internet and discovered that adding an in-line filter wouldn’t be very complicated so off I went to the home improvement store this weekend. I found a nice filter for $10 that should last 6 months. I was thrilled. Tasty water for only $20 a year sounded great.

When I got home I moved my fridge away from the wall. Luckily it was much easier to move than I expected. Turned off the water, cut the tubing and stuck the ends in to the filter. Then I turned the water back on and the tubing shot out of the filter and sprayed water everywhere. How nice. A do-it-yourself project wouldn’t be complete with out some sort of mishap.

After I inspected the filter I found that it was missing a small connector on one end. So, it was back to the store for an exchange. This time I opened the box at the store to make sure all of the connectors were intact. Many of the boxes had been opened so I suspect other people had the same problem that I had. I had to open two boxes before I found one with all of its parts.

Back at my house it only took seconds to connect the filter. Then I scrubbed the ice container thoroughly to remove any odors. After draining off a couple of gallons of water from the water dispenser, I tasted the water. It tasted wonderful. I am very happy with my new filtered water system. It is a very easy DIY project (just make sure the filter has all of it’s parts to save yourself 2 trips!).

4 comments:

Romilda Gareth said...

Thanks

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Wow how do people come up with such sustainable and cheap ideas. Great methjod for filter installation and thank you so much for sharing your filter idea with us readers.

Alisa Stevenson said...

Thanks