“9 Simple Tips on How to Maintain Water Purifier at its Maximum Efficiency”
No matter how expensive, branded or well-efficient your water purifier is – improper care and maintenance can diminish its purification quality. And moreover this can also reduce the life of a water purifier.
Proper cleaning and maintenance is crucial if you want a water purifier to last long and work efficiently throughout its life. Well, not many of us are aware of the right cleaning process of an RO system.
For cleaning a water purifier, you have to be aware of when, how and what is required for it.
Unaware of this knowledge…?
Don’t worry! In this article I have provided all the information required to maintain an RO purifier at its most efficient state.
Water Purifier Maintenance Tips
Below are some of the useful tips to help you maintain the water purifier at maximum efficiency and trouble-free for several years.
1. Read & Follow the Guidelines Given In User Manual
The first and foremost step in maintaining your RO system for effective and long-lasting operation is to read and follow the guidelines given in the user manual. This is something that most users tend to neglect.
While all RO purifiers come with a user manual, most reputed brands give a detailed manual that provides complete information. This includes instructions for installation, how the purifier works, the parts included in it, dos and don’ts, and maintenance tips.
This manual will be of great help in maintaining and keeping your water purifier in perfect condition. It can be your purifier’s savior. And the best part is that you can resolve many common issues by referring to the manual. This will help cut down unnecessary visits of your RO technicians. So, do not throw away your user manual but keep it safe.
2. Change RO Filters Regularly
Water filters are one of the main components of your purifier. They purify the water by absorbing any contaminants in it. When you do not change the filters periodically, the contaminants can clog the filters, affecting their functionality. This will further affect the quality of water.
To ensure smooth functioning, replace the filters and membrane regularly. If you notice reduced water flow or a bad odor, then these are clear indications that you should change the filters at the earliest.
RO purifiers usually have several filter stages for the replacement schedule. You can check the user manual for the information provided regarding the filters used and when to replace them.
Some advanced purifiers available in the market are now coming with automatic filter change alerts. This technology alerts the users in advance for the replacement of filters.
The standard replacement schedule is as below:
- Pre-Filter Cartridge: 6-9 months*
- Sediment Filter: 12 months*
- Carbon Filter: 12 months*
- RO Membrane: 2-3 years*
3. Change the UV Lamp at Regular Intervals
To maintain your purifier, replace the UV lamp on schedule. Most UV lamps can solarize up to 9,000 hours (12 months) before losing their effectiveness. Some renowned brands provide a UV fail alarm in the water purifier. This alerts the user to change/replace the lamp whenever it is time.
4. Don’t Neglect Drips and Leakages
Are you noticing water leakage in your purifier? If yes, do not neglect it and ignore it. Contact a water purifier expert immediately and let them know about the leakage issue. Also, schedule a maintenance check-up to get it fixed at the earliest.
5. Cleaning and Sanitization
One of the best ways to maintain your RO purifier is by getting it cleaned properly. This is often the underlooked step by many. Get a professional to clean all the internal pipes of the RO system and the storage tank at least once a year. You can get them cleaned while replacing the filters.
When you store the water for too long there are chances of microbial contamination of water. Foul smell and taste are the indications to say that water has microbial contamination. Empty the storage tank regularly and fill it with fresh water to avoid the same. Whenever you are going out of your house for a while, turn off the purifier and empty the tank.
6. Instal a Softener for Better Functioning of the Water Purifier
Installing a softener is yet another way for the extra efficient functioning of the RO system. Though many people wonder if it is a good idea or not truth is that a softener and ROS make a very good combination. The reason being that the RO system alone cannot tackle the presence of hard chemicals like magnesium and calcium in the water. When you use a softener with the purifier, it not only increases the longevity of the purifier but also facilitates very clean water with a good taste. However, the installation of a softener can be tricky when done by yourself. It is advisable to get the task done by a professional.
7. Keep the Exteriors of the Water Purifier Clean
If you want your RO system to last more, for about 12-15 years, keep the exteriors clean. It is as important as cleaning and sanitizing it internally. The other benefit is that it will make your purifier look like a brand new one.
If you are not sure how to do it, I will tell you how. Use foamy water to clean the outside of the purifier, including external water dispensing. Not keeping the tap and the area around it clean, may contaminate the water while getting dispensed.
Make sure you clean the exteriors of the purifier, especially the area around the tap frequently.
8. Get the RO System Serviced Regularly by a Good Technician
This is yet another crucial step to ensure the effective and trouble-free functioning of your purifier. Get your RO system serviced by a trained professional after every six months. You can utilize the services of an authorized technician from your RO service provider or any well-trusted organization.
Regular servicing is a necessary step as it will help in maintaining the purity of water. It will eliminate the chance of any serious problem with your water purifier.
During servicing, you may have to replace few parts of it. Do not hesitate to do it and always opt for high-quality filters and other genuine parts. Ensure timely replacement of those and do not risk your health by choosing cheap and unreliable filters.
9. Annual Maintenance Cost
The warranty period for almost all the RO water purifiers is a minimum of 1 year. During this period, you don’t have to pay anything to your service technician, even though you had your filters changed. Because it all comes under the AMC contract of your purifier. However, after the warranty period, the average costs of AMC would be around Rs 3000 to Rs 6000, including the replacement of worn parts.
Frequently asked questions
The water purifier must be maintained regularly. The pure and clean water for consumption is a necessity. During the first year of the purchase, you do not need to spend any money as the water purifier is under the guarantee period. The filters and several other parts need replacement after six months or a year for the best functioning of the water purifier.
Natural sources of water get involved with a lot of impurities due to a number of reasons before it reaches your taps. There are several minerals like heavy ions and several salts that are mixed with the water which are known as Total Dissolved Solids or TDS. High levels of the TDS can have a very negative effect on your health. Most of the water purifiers, therefore, come with a TDS controller to purify the water.
The RO purifiers get rid of the dissolved minerals in the water supplied to your houses. Therefore, the water tastes bland. But, some purifiers make use of Mineral RO technology which enhances the water with minerals.
Reverse osmosis purifies water by passing it through the semi-permeable membrane which only allows only pure water to reach the user.
Here are the final words. No matter what brand your water purifier is, it needs good maintenance. Any negligence towards it can cost you your health and also your time in repairing. I hope these easy and effective maintenance tips help you keep your water purifiers in good condition. Drink pure and stay healthy!
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