Just purchased a house and tried to change the water filter. I can't
budge it and I'm afraid I'm going to break a pipe or pull the support
out of the wall (it's that tight). Please tell me there's a way to get
this thing off without having to call a plumber. It's thanksgiving
It's a big blue 10" filter system.
First step is to turn off the water. Second step is to open a water valve
to let off the pressure. Now it will come off easily. Put a little
Vaseline or white grease on the gasket to help it come off the next time.
It is very important to relieve the pressure. Just like opening a jar of
pickles, if you break the seal, it turns easily. If not, you can actually
damage the housing.
It may have been tightened too much.
I once (after many times replacing the carbon cartridge in past)
tightened the housing too tightly. Mine has ribs on the plastic housing
casing. I used (carefully) a pipe wrench as the spacing was very wide
and the casing large as well and no other wrench I had would open that
It did move enough to get the housing loose. I have been careful ever
since to not tighten too much.
Are you using the proper wrench? Without it I could never get them off!
It is like a big box wrench with recesses to fit all the ribs.
Have one person hold the pipes to keep them in place, and then just put your
weight into the wrench. And make sure you are turning it the right
replying to paul.magnani, Susan B. wrote:
I also found the casing was stuck and did not realize (until your post) that
there was a button to push to release pressure! Doing that made it possible to
remove mine! So glad for your post - thank you!
One trick is to tap the housing gently with a hammer. Hold a
on the opposite side while tapping with the smaller one. The vibration
help loosen things.
Put the strap wrench Ed suggested at the base of the bowl. It won't
the bowl which would make loosening tougher.
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