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For up to six months, or 750 gallons of water usage, the Maytag UKF8001 refrigerator water filter will give you clean tasting water and ice.
The Maytag UKF7003 refrigerator water filter will also last for six months, but only for 416 gallons of water usage.
The four models listed above are four of our most popular Maytag refrigerator water filter offerings, and a great example of just how difficult it can be to accurately predict a filter’s lifespan. At DiscountFilterStore.com, we send a reminder to our customers every six months that it’s time to replace their filters – but honestly – this is a bit of an educated assumption based on typical water usage and consumption in American homes. As we’re well aware, American homes are anything but typical.
According to the EPA, the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home with 70 percent of this use occurring indoors. While the amount of water consumed per day from a refrigerator dispenser is a bit harder to determine, we can share some typical water consumption data that can help us make a rough determination:
- Percent of adults that drink the recommended 8 glasses per day – 22%
- Percent of adults that drink 0 glasses per day – 7%
- Percent of adults that drink 1 – 3 cups – 36%
- Percent of adults that drink 4 – 7 cups – 35%
Based on the data above, courtesy of the CDC, it seems safe to assume that most adults drink about four glasses of water per day, sized at about 8 oz. Let’s assume that two of those glasses of water are consumed at home, courtesy of the water dispensed by their Maytag refrigerator.
If we look back at the water capacity of the filters in our example, anywhere from 200 to more than 700 gallons, it can be tempting to say that a single Maytag filter has enough capacity to last for several years based on its capacity. So why the six month guideline – rather than say – 12 or even 24 months offered by more industrial models?
To put it in scientific terms, after a fair amount of use, refrigerator water filters just get gross. You don’t really want to be drinking water from a filter that has had stuff sitting in it for months, especially since carbon – the media used in most refrigerator water filters – is not designed to filter out the tiniest of particles, bacteria and viruses.
So if six months is simply a guideline, and water capacity is more of a lab exercise, what is the best way to determine when it’s time to change your Maytag refrigerator water filter? One simple word – taste.
Quite simply, the job of your refrigerator water filter – whether manufactured by Maytag or any other brand – is to improve the taste and clarity of your water and ice.
If after three months, sediment or off-flavors return to the water dispensed by your refrigerator, it’s time for a change – regardless of how far off you are from the six month lifespan. Note that for homes with water quality issues, or homes that depend on well water, this is not an uncommon scenario.
On the other hand, if your filter has been performing for well over a year without incident or change in water quality, there may be little or no reason for you to replace the current filter you are using. Though, we may suggest a water test kit, just to ensure you know what contaminants may be in your water that are impossible to taste or sniff out, including lead or bacteria.
If you are looking for more information on the lifespan of your Maytag refrigerator water filter, or need to reorder, please call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458.
Need help finding the right Maytag refrigerator water filter?
Call our customer service team for help at 1-800-277-3458 or enter your filter model number, refrigerator model number or refrigerator style into our Filter Finder.