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Is it possible to create a filter for a water-dispensing refrigerator?

We have a refrigerator that dispenses chilled water. However, our landlord failed to equip any sort of filter, and the tap where I live tastes gross. Does anyone have a suggestion on how we can make a water filter for our refrigerator for less than $30?

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kelseymh8 years ago
1) Check the refrigerator itself to see whether it is supposed to have a filter. Most of the newer ones do, usually all the way at the bottom (perhaps behind the airvent panel). On Whirlpool models (what we have at home), the filter is a long cylinder with a twist-open end to remove it. Appliance stores will have replacements. 2) Hook a "PUR" (or similar brand) inline-faucet filter into the water line leading to the refrigerator. This will likely involve either cutting or unscrewing the water line from the fridge, adding appropirate fittings to connect to the PUR, then reconnecting to the fridge. Make sure you turn off the water before starting!
boston515 (author)  kelseymh8 years ago
Thanks for the replies, everyone. We want do do something that could be reversible since it's not our fridge, but the landlord's. A pitcher isn't practical since our fridge is a small side-by-side and we barely have room for our other grocery items. I'll look a little better at the fridge. The guy who installed the water line said that there should be a filter, but it the water from the fridge tastes worse than the water from the faucet. We weren't sure where to look for it. I'll also look into what's available from the hardware store next time we're there.
If you have the model number (there should be a data plate in the door frame, or at the top of the refrigerator compartment), put it into a Google search for "owner's manual" or even "filter." You might be surprised what's out there.
gcrdcn8 years ago
A lot of people hookup an inline filter in back of the refrigerator. But improper installation will flood the whole kitchen. It is easier for you to just get one of those pitcher water filter that are made by Brita for $30.
frollard8 years ago
kelseymh has it right: Remember, when it comes to 'safe drinking water' diy is not really 100% appropriate. Definitely stick with a commercial solution. They're not expensive from a hardware store, the filters last a long time (also inexpensive, compared to an on-tap brita), and can handle much higher volume. You can customize the filter for your water input -- high mineral, high sediment, high chemical, biological, etc - each gets its own stage in the filter.