A high-quality reverse osmosis drinking water system will last for many years if it is properly maintained. In fact, we’ve been in business for almost 30 years and have seen many RO systems last 10 to 15 years.  To make your system last longer, here’s what it takes:

Regular Filter Changes

First, pay attention to the filter change schedule in your  RO system’s owner’s manual. Your RO system may have three, four or five stages, so know exactly what filters are in each stage of your system (per your owner’s manual) and pay careful attention to when each filter is due for replacement.

Sediment Filter:  Your sediment filter should be changed out every 12 months. This pre-filter stage is designed to strain out sediment, silt and dirt and is especially important as the sediment filter protects dirt from getting to the delicate  RO membranes. If you fail to change this filter on schedule, dirt and silt can reach the RO membranes which can then easily become clogged and foul.

Carbon Filter:  The  carbon filter is designed to remove chlorine and other contaminants that affect the performance and life of the RO membrane as well as the taste and odor of your water. This filter should generally be replaced every 12 months, also.

Reverse Osmosis Membrane:  The semi-permeable  RO membrane in your RO system is designed to allow water through, but filter out almost all additional contaminants. If you take care to replace the previous sediment and carbon filters on schedule, the RO membrane should only need to be replaced every two to three years. Of course the schedule will vary based on the quality of your water and household water usage.

Polishing Filter:  In a four-stage RO System, a final  post filter will “polish” off the water to remove any remaining taste and odor in the water. This final filter ensures you’ll have outstanding drinking water.

Failure to change out filters per their replacement schedule can not only cause damage to the system, but will also cause a decrease in water production. Thus, if you notice a decrease in water flow from your  RO faucet, that may be an indication that your filters have reached the end of their life span.