I would like to put a filter in the water line to the refrigerator.
The problem is that I don't want to have to move the refrigerator to
change the filter.
My fridge set up is built in. There is a wooden partition wall on the
left side of the fridge and countertop on the other. The incoming
line is behind the fridge.
The only two options seem to be, either cut into cabinets and put the
filter under the counter or cut into the partition and let it be
exposed in the area I keep the trashcan. Another idea would be to put
behind the fridge.
The filters I have been googling in the internet look like they are
not made to be mounted to the wall. They look like they would be just
hanging free in the plumbing line. I would think the best way to go
would be to mount a base for the filer to the wall with the plumbing
hookup and then have a filter that can be replaced.
BTW here is a drawing of my fridge.
If I could find a base that can be mounted to the wall and opening to
the side, behind the fridge would be a great spot.
How did the experts add one?
Most people put it in the basement ceiling, on the line leading to the
fridge. If you don''t have a basement under the kitchen, or if the
basement is finished, it gets harder. In that case, only practical
choice is in-line behind the fridge. No real need to wall-mount it, if
anyone even offers a model like that. They don't weigh much. You could
always tie it off to wall with a velcro strap. Just be careful to not
over-stress the feed line, especially if it is copper. They love to take
My filter is way overdue for replacement- but the idiots who installed
my new furnace and added ducts out to the addition (to replace a wall
furnace out there), went and hung a large duct right under the damn
thing. If I ever get around to getting a plumber in here to work the
punch list I have come up with, re-routing that line is one of the items
on the list. Until then, I have just given up using the ice/water
feature of the fridge. Don't really miss it, since my tap water is
nasty-tasting, and I keep the stuff I do drink in the fridge anyway.
Just curious, what model fridge do you have and how old is it? Most
fridges have some kind of filter in the grill at the bottom.
Otherwise, if your supply line comes from under the sink or perhaps
from the basement below, that would be the easiest place to put the
Most new fridges today have easy access filter replacement. My GE is
inside the food compartment up on top. No shutting off valves, makes
it easy. Just something to think about if you are thinking about
getting a new fridge.
Where does the water line originate? In my case, it is in the basement and
exposed so I put the filter there.
If the water comes from the sink, is it possible to put a filter under the
I vaguely remember seeing a smallish filter that can be wall mounted and had
a small cartridge, but that was a couple of years ago and may no longer be
available. It would be just right under a sink. My original in line filter
had a bracket that holds it in place but that is now discontinued also.
Sometimes progress isn't.
I have a small wall mounted one with a replaceable cartridge.
Whirlpool model WHCF-IMTOS. It's labeled as a refrigerator filter, but
I'm using it in a water line for an unsoftened water fountain at the
It's mounted in the basement and taps into the water line just before
Most new fridges come with an inside the box water filter.
Sadly my water line and shutoff valve for my fridge is in a
crawlspace. I have a 3/4 basement. I guess another option would be
use enough copper line to extend the filter into the basement. I
guess I could also put it under the sink. Both options would require
at least 25 more ft of copper, but doable. If I do add a filter, I
plan to add a shut off valve behind the fridge.
I prefered having a filter with a base so you could change the filter
without worrying about putting any stress or movement on the existing
line. I also thought this would allow you to change the filter
without dripping water.
My fridge is pretty old. It doesn't have a water outlet. The filter
would be for the ice maker only.
I will probably just use ice trays until this fridge dies, then get a
fridge with a built in filter.
re: "The filters I have been googling in the internet look like they
are not made to be mounted to the wall."
I don't know which Google you are using, but this was one of the first
hits I got:
As others have said, try the basement.
My filter is installed in the joist bay under the kitchen. It's
similiar to this and came with a bracket that screws into the joist
and has a hose clamp to hold it in place.
re: "You drink the water from a garden hose in the Summer without
draining the hot water from it?"
Only when the toilet's empty.
re: "It's hot enough to scald my hand."
The water in your hose gets above 120 degrees? In Hamptonburgh, NY?
re: "I even drain the water from it before watering the plants."
Very wasteful. Do you really think that the small amount of warm water
from a hose is going to hurt your plants, especially if applied
through a spray nozzle? The heat will be dissipated so quickly it
couldn't possibly harm a plant.
In fact, some studies have shown that warmer water is better than cold
water for most plants. *Hot* water is sometimes used to kill fungus
gnats, although one certainly has to be careful when applying it near
My wife has some beautiful gardens around our house and the only place
she drains the hoses is into the gardens themselves.
She also tends the gardens at the adult day-care farm where she works.
Trust me, she's not draining the long hoses that lay around in the sun
all day before she waters the plants/vegetables.
Any tastes in the water are largely subjective.. All water has many
things dissolved in it. After a while one gets used to the taste of
the local water and don't notice the it.
Mention "Putnam water" to anyone in a 50 mile radius and they grimace. I'd
love to send you a gallon for your subjective review and I bet you'd take
some action not to drink it.
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