Filter Water Throughout Your Home
Does the water in your home have an odor or chlorine taste? Installing a central water filter for your whole house can provide pristine water from every tap. Filtered water is safer for drinking and cooking, and it improves the softness of hair and skin. We recently installed an A. O. Smith Central Water Filter (model AO-WH-FILTER) to reduce chlorine taste and odor by over 97 percent. We coupled the central filter with company’s Whole House Sediment Filter (AO-WH-PRE0), which filters down to 20 microns. It reduces sand, sediment and rust from your main water supply to minimize buildup in kitchen and plumbing appliances. INSTALLATION OVERVIEW A professional plumber should have no problem installing the filters. A DIY’er with some basic plumbing skills should be able to complete the job by following A.O Smith’s instructions. The filters must be installed in an area where the main water line enters the home but before it connects to the water heater. Always turn off the main water source to the home prior to instal- lation. You’ll need enough tubing
to connect from the filtration sys- tem to the existing plumbing. We used copper tubing, but you can also use PVC, CPVC, steel or PEX plumbing. A shut-off valve should be installed at the supply line prior to the filters so the homeowner can perform maintenance in the future, such as changing the sediment cartridges. If you’re using the recommended sediment filter, it should be installed as a pre-filter (after the shut-off valve but before the cen- tral filter). The central filter is the next component in line, and it must be oriented in a vertical position to maximize contact with the filter media, and the tank should be supported from below. The sim- plest way to support the weight of the filter is to keep it on the floor. The central filter must be located indoors, protected from direct sun- light and freezing temperatures.
We installed an A. O. Smith Central Water Filter (model AO-WH-FILTER) coupled the central filter with a Whole House Sediment Filter (AO-WH-PRE0).