First some background info:
In my kitchen I have an under the counter 3 compartment Omni Water
Filter housing, which I've had for over 10 years. I use 3 different
kinds of filters. The first housing has a sediment filter which gets
replaced every 3 months, the 2nd has a activated charcoal filter for
more filtering, and the 3rd housing has an expensive carbon block filter
that takes out anything and everything else. The 2nd and 3rd filter get
replaced every 6 months. I also vigorously clean the inside of the
housing every 6 months with bleach.
When my local Home Depot stopped carrying Omni replacement filters, I
went with what they had, which was GE replacement water filters and
Culligan water filters, that are made to fit in my filter housing. No
problems with the replacements, but on specs alone, the Omni filters
were supposed to be better. When my local Lowe's started carrying the
Omnifilter brand, I went back to that brand of filter.
Lately, for the last year, the water has been tasting terrible, really
terrible, and not the water that comes out of the tap, but the water
that comes out of the filter. I replaced the filter faucet, the filter
supply tubes, new filters, practically everything was replaced except
the filter housing, and the water still tastes terrible. I removed the
expensive carbon block filter today, and everyone agrees the water is
much better, but this filter with it's under 1 micron size filters out
whatever pesticides, lead, etc.. that most filters won't.
All that leads me to this:
Would you know if these filters are actually made by different
companies, and just resold by Omni, GE, Culligan, etc.. OR is it likely
that these are made by different companies and I can get a different
water taste by trying someone else's filter?
I thought I remember the water tasting better with the GE filters, but
it's been 2 years since I used those, and I could be wrong.