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Old 03-28-2016, 07:46 PM   #1
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Have to replace ENTIRE water filter housing

I've never had a unit with a water filter, so draining it for winter never entered my mind. My bad. Lesson learned.

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The entire water filter housing busted....the canister as well as the white cap that the PEX runs into and out of. I ordered the part, and it is due to arrive tomorrow.

It seems this should be a relatively easy replacement, but I just don't have that kind of luck.

Have you ever replaced one? Or maybe removed yours to install something else? What do I have to look forward to? Any helpful hints or suggestions?

Here's a pic of the entire housing....like I said, the PEX runs into and out of the white cap.

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Most just remove and bypass. Use external filter..
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Pull it out. At least you were lucky and it broke without water pressure in it. Just use an outside filter and save yourself the trouble of it breaking again later.
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Pull it out. At least you were lucky and it broke without water pressure in it. Just use an outside filter and save yourself the trouble of it breaking again later.
I've been reading that. So is it easy enough to remove the white cap?

And then what....just connect the two ends with a piece of PEX?
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!/2 threaded PVC coupler like this.



A roll of thread tape.

Hook the two ends of the water line together after you remove the broken head.

Use the new one outside.
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!/2 threaded PVC coupler like this.



A roll of thread tape.

Hook the two ends of the water line together after you remove the broken head.

Use the new one outside.
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Or cut off both fittings and use a 1/2 sharkbite coupling and just push it on
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Or cut off both fittings and use a 1/2 sharkbite coupling and just push it on
Got it! Thank you.
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Here's a thought. If you are going to replace it anyway why not install one similar as shown instead of one like original. The one shown here does not have the issues associated with the one like yours and the filters are standard 10 inch and easy to get from HD/Lowes/Walmart etc. for around $8 for 2, not the $30 each for the KW1 you will need. Just a thought.
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Here's a thought. If you are going to replace it anyway why not install one similar as shown instead of one like original. The one shown here does not have the issues associated with the one like yours and the filters are standard 10 inch and easy to get from HD/Lowes/Walmart etc. for around $8 for 2, not the $30 each for the KW1 you will need. Just a thought.
Another great idea! Thanks!

Once I remove the white cap and get a feel for what I'm dealing with, I will make a decision about which way to go. Using an external filter does sound appealing, so I don't have to worry about it when winterizing. We'll see...

Good stuff to consider... I certainly appreciate all of the help.
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