The reverse osmosis (RO) filtration system cleans water to an exceptionally high standard. But, these are complex systems with multiple filter stages and they require annual maintenance to work at optimal efficiency. In this article, we will take a closer look at the symptoms of RO system problems that you can identify.

7 Common RO System Warning Signs

There are seven common signs of RO filtration system problems that anyone can identify if they know what to look out for. They are:

  1. No water.
  2. The water is running slowly or small volumes of clean water are available.
  3. The taste or odor of the RO water has changed.
  4. There is a noisy gurgling sound when the RO water is running.
  5. There is a continuous drain or no shut-off.
  6. There are water leaks from the filter housing.
  7. There are water leads from the air gap faucet.

These are all signs that something is wrong in the RO filter system. If you notice these problems, it’s time to contact your local water treatment specialist to identify the causes and fix the problem for you.

3 Simple RO Maintenance Tips

Let’s take a look at three RO maintenance tips:

1.   Regular Filter Changes

Most modern RO filter systems have four distinct stages to clean the water to an exceptionally high standard. They are: pre-filter, first carbon filter, the RO filter membrane and a final carbon filter stage. The RO filter membrane will need replacement every 2-3 years depending on your local water conditions and the volume of water used. The other filter cartridges should be replaced every 6-9 months to ensure that the entire system is working at optimal efficiency.

2.   Annual Maintenance and Sanitization

The RO filtration system is complex, regular filter changes are essential, but there are maintenance and sanitization tasks that must be carried out by a professional. The RO system can clean water to an exceptionally high standard for 10-15 years. But, annual maintenance and sanitization is required to keep the equipment working at optimal efficiency. Well maintained RO systems will tend to be at the upper end of the useful lifespan range and deferring a replacement for a few years is money in your pocket.

3.   Join a Maintenance Program

A local water treatment specialist may have a maintenance program that you can join. This is a great way to save money on essential maintenance for your water filtration systems. But, the company can also remind you of upcoming maintenance dates and arrange a mutually convenient time to complete the work. Let’s face it, keeping track of every filter change and the annual maintenance dates can be difficult for people with busy lives.

Seeking a Professional Solution

It’s tempting to “save money” with a DIY approach or to hire a local “handyman” to take a look at your RO filtration system. This is a bad idea, the RO system represents a significant investment and protecting that investment is a smarter decision.

If you notice any of the seven aforementioned warning signs in your RO filtration system, it’s time to contact your local water treatment specialist.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.