Low water pressure after installing filter/softener

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by EricRLarson, Apr 11, 2005.

  1. EricRLarson

    EricRLarson New Member

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    Hello folks,

    I just installed a water filter and a water softener, and we have noticed a significant drop in water pressure. Additionally the showers now whine because there is not enough pressure to close the valve completely.

    I have isolated the issue to the filter. If I put it in bypass mode then it is fine, when I engage the filter again the pressure goes down. I notice this most in the kitchen sink and in the bath tubs.

    I installed a GE GXWH20F filter housing and it has the default FXUSC filter in it, which filters down to 5 microns.

    The pressure dropped as soon as we installed the filter.

    Is there anything we can do short of removing the filter to get our water pressure back?

    We have a well not city water.

    Thanks,
    Eric
     
  2. Hube

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    What is the on/off pressure setting at now?
     
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    filter

    Just because a filter has 3/4" pipe openings on it, does not mean that it has the capacty to handle a whole house system. Apparently that filter housing or cartridge creates a huge pressure drop. You may not be able to use that filter and still have good pressure.
     
  5. Master Plumber Mark

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    anything made by GE is junk.

    If you bought a water softener from them from some hardware store outlet
    you might live to regret it. They are low end units

    possibly go to a plumbing supply house and get another filter that a plumbewr would put in and see if this does not do the trick.
     
  6. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

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    The answer to the question is no, but, depending on what type of filter it is, you can get a filter that has a higher flow rate. So what is the filter used for, sediment or taste/odor? If taste odor it's carbon but they usually aren't stated as x micron unless they are a carbon block. They can't be used 'whole house' because they can't flow more than a .5 to a few gpm if that. If it is sediment, then check to see if it's not plugged up already. My money is on it being a carbon block.

    Gary
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  7. mrjetskey

    mrjetskey New Member

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    Years ago when I was on well water.We installed a settling tank, filter,then another separate pump to pump water through the softner into the house.This second pump only ran when a faucet was opened and it had a separate pressure adjustment switch so we didnt have to crank the pressure up on the well pump and wear it out quicker.just a thought!
     
  8. EricRLarson

    EricRLarson New Member

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    Hello Gary and others,

    I figured out what the problem was. The filter is actually going to be fine, the cartridge that was in it was defective. It is a rolled paper(?) filter and one or two layers had com free in the center of the filter, blocking the flow of water out of the filter housing.

    This is just a sediment filter, and I replaced it with a carbon paper filter, which we do not really need, but it is all I had in the house (we will go back to just a sediment filter later). Now my water pressure is back and everything is great!

    Thanks for your input everyone.

    Eric
     
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