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Quality Water Filters & Housings

By American Plumber


Water filtration is easy to do without spending tons of money. You no longer need to continue purchasing plastic water bottles. Simply install a water filter system and get great tasting water at your tap for a fraction of the cost. With our massive selection of water filter housings, water filter cartridges, and complete water filter systems, you're sure to find the products you need to help provide you and your family great tasting drinking water and save you money in the process.

Cold Water Filter Housings
3/8" & 3/4" Standard Size Filter Housings
W34 Filter Housing
Shown: W34-PR
These Cold Water Filter Housings Feature:
Model # Description Price & Quantity
#W38-PRA 3/8" NPT inlet/outlet cold water housing
- with bracket & O-Ring
- recommended for under counter use
- overall dimensions: 4-1/2" x 12"
$21.12
#W38-PRB 3/8" NPT inlet/outlet cold water housing
- with O-Ring & integral bracket
- recommended for under counter use
- overall dimensions: 4-1/2" x 12"
$23.19
#W34-PR 3/4" NPT inlet/outlet cold water housing
- with O-Ring
- grey sump
- for low flow whole house
- overall dimensions: 5-1/8" x 12-1/4"
$22.37
#WC34-PR 3/4" NPT inlet/outlet - clear cold water housing
- with O-Ring
- clear sump
- for low flow whole house
- overall dimensions: 5-1/8" x 12-1/4"
$32.68
#WVC-34 3/4" NPT inlet/outlet - clear cold water housing
- valve in head closes both inlet/outlet port simultaneously
- with O-Ring
- clear sump
- for low flow whole house
- overall dimensions: 5-1/8" x 12-1/4"
$49.70
#W34-PRM 3/4" NPT inlet/outlet cold water housing
- includes WPD-110 cartridge, WW34 wrench, and clean/dirty meter
- with O-Ring
- grey sump
- for low flow whole house
- overall dimensions: 5-3/4" x 15"
$108.13
Note: If your filter housing is more than five years old, please contact us for information on replacement accessories.
3/8" Housing Accessories
#W38-OR 3/8" Replacement O-Ring $3.32
SLUBE Super Lube - drinking water safe, non-toxic lube for o-rings - 1/2 ounce $3.29
#WW38 3/8" Spanner wrench - fits all 3/8" slim line and compact housings $5.53
#WMB38 3/8" Mounting bracket - included with all W38 housings $5.37
3/4" Housing Accessories (Highly Recommended)
#W34-OR 3/4" Replacement O-Ring $3.32
SLUBE Super Lube - drinking water safe, non-toxic lube for o-rings - 1/2 ounce $3.29
#WW34 3/4" Spanner wrench - fits WV34, WVC34, WH34, W34-PR & WC34-PR $5.53
#WMB34 3/4"Mounting bracket $6.63

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Cold Water Replacement Cartridges
Filters For 3/8" & 3/4" Housings - 9-7/8" Length Cartridges
Filters These Water Filters Feature:
  • Fits 3/8" & 3/4" filter housings
  • Also fits American Plumber WVC34, Ametek's PVH and PS series housings
  • Filters for virtually every need
  • For cold water use
  • Dimensions range from:2-3/8" to 2-7/8" diameter x 9-7/8" length
Filter
Cartridge
Micron
Rating
Material Reduces
(Purpose)
Max
GPM
Price & Quantity
(Each)
Price & Quantity
(Pair)
Filters for sediment:
W5P (P5) 5 Spun polypropylene Sediment 10 - $11.83
WPD-110 (W5PB) 5 Grooved polypropylene Sediment 10 - $10.61
W5CP 5 Pleated polyester Sediment 10 - $15.70
W5CIP 5 Carbon Impregnated Cellulose Sediment, Taste,
Odor, Chlorine
5.0 - $17.26
W5W (CWF) 5 Polypropylene Sediment 7.0 - $8.31
W20CLA 20 Pleated cellulose Sediment 12 - $8.81
WPD-25 (W25P/R25B) 25 Grooved resin/cell Sediment 10 - $12.04
W30PE (R30) 30 Pleated polyester Sediment 12 - $15.78
W30W (CW-MF) 30 Polypropylene Sediment 10 - $7.89
W50W (WPD-50) 50 Polypropylene Sand, silt, scale, rust 10 - $9.28
W50PE (R50) 50 Pleated polyester Sediment 12 - $14.40
Filters for drinking water:
WLC-R (CBR2-10R)* 0.5 Carbon briquette Chlorine, taste, odor 0.6 $27.66 -
W.5CB (CBC-10) 0.5 Act. carbon briquette Taste, odor 1.0 $19.50 -
WCC (CC-10) 20 Activated carbon Taste/odor 1.0 $14.40 -
Filters for scale & corrosion inhibiting:
WPCC (PCC-1) - Food grade phosphate Scale inhibitor 5 $55.86 -
* The WLC-R is not for residential sale in California. Iowa, or Wisconsin.

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Slim Line Filter Housings and Replacement Cartridges
For use with 4-7/8" length cartridges


#W385-PR Filter Housing
These slimline housings feature:
  • 3/8" NPT inlet/outlet slim-line cold water housing
  • Includes bracket & O-Ring
  • Recommended for under counter use
  • For cold water use
  • Variety of filter cartridges are available below
  • Overall dimensions: 4-1/2" wide x 7" length (short/compact housing)
  • Designed for 4-7/8" length filter cartridges (sold separately below)

W385-PR slim-line (short) filter housing $29.85



Slim Line Filter Replacement Cartridges
Filters For 3/8" 'slim line' (shown above) Housings - 4-7/8" Length Cartridges


American Plumber WGC filter cartridge
Features Of These Compact Water Filters:
  • For cold water use
  • Fit 3/8" 'slim line' housing (W385-PR shown directly above)
  • Dimensions range from: 2-3/8" to 2 7/8" diameter x 4-7/8" length
Filter
Cartridge
Micron
Rating
Material
and size
Reduces
(Purpose)
Max
GPM
Price & Quantity
(Each)
Price & Quantity
(Pair)
Filters for compact 4-7/8" slim line 3/8" inlet/outlet housings
W30PE478 30 Pleated Polypropylene
2-5/8" diameter x 4-7/8" length
Sediment (dirt, sand, silt) 1.0 - $7.48
W5P478 5 Spun Polypropylene
2-3/8" diameter x 4-7/8" length
Sediment (dirt, sand, silt) 1.0 $6.70 -
W5CIP478 5 Carbon Impregnated Cellulose
2-1/2" diameter x 4-7/8" length
Taste, odor, chlorine, sediment 2.0 - $13.99
WGC478 20 Granular activated carbon
2-7/8" diameter x 4-7/8" length
Taste, odor, chlorine 1.0 $10.49 -
W.5CB478 0.5 Carbon Briquette
2-7/8" diameter x 4-7/8" length
Taste, odor, chlorine 0.5 $15.94 -

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High Temperature Water Filter Housings
3/4" Standard Size Hot & Cold Water Housings
WH34 Filter Housing
Shown: WH34
These Hot & Cold Water Filter Housings Feature:
Model # Description Price & Quantity
#WH34 3/4" NPT inlet/outlet hot & cold water housing
- operating temperature: 30 - 160°
- includes O-Ring
- durable glass-reinforced nylon construction
- dimensions: 5-1/8" x 12-1/8"
$99.90
#ST-1 3/4" NPT inlet/outlet stainless steel hot & cold water housing
- operating temperature: 40 - 300°
- brass/nickel plated cap
- ideal for a wide range of applications
- dimensions: 4-1/8" x 12-7/8"
$229.47
#ST-2 3/4" NPT inlet/outlet stainless steel hot & cold water housing
- operating temperature: 40 - 300°
- brass/nickel plated cap
- ideal for a wide range of applications
- dimensions: 4-1/8" x 22-3/4"
$299.95
#ST-3 3/4" NPT inlet/outlet stainless steel hot & cold water housing
- operating temperature: 40 - 300°
- brass/nickel plated cap
- ideal for a wide range of applications
- dimensions: 4-1/8" x 32-3/4"
$379.99
Note: These housings can also use any of our standard size cold water replacement cartridges
WH34 Housing Accessories
#241-S
(old#W34-ORS) Replacement Silicone o-ring for Standard Housings $12.65
#WW34 3/4" Spanner wrench - fits WV34, WVC34, WH34, W34-PR & WC34-P $5.53
#WMB34 3/4"Mounting bracket $6.63
ST-1, ST-2 & ST-3 Stainless Steel Housing Accessories
#143216 ST-1, ST-2 & ST-3 Head gasket $12.77
#143339 ST-1, ST-2 & ST-3 Head nut gasket $16.21
#156037 ST-1, ST-2 & ST-3 Mounting bracket kit $17.95
#155003 ST-2 & ST-3 Filter coupler $2.32

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Hot & Cold Water Replacement Cartridges
These Filters Will Fit 3/4" WH34, ST-1, ST-2 & ST-3 Filter Housings
Hot Water Filters
Shown: WPD-110
These Water Filters Feature:
  • Heavy duty construction
  • Up to 175° operating temperature
  • Quality filtration for Hot & Cold water
Filter
Cartridge
Micron
Rating
Material Reduces
(Purpose)
Max
GPM
Price & Quantity
(Pair)
Filters for sediment:
WPD-110 (W5PB) 5 Grooved polypropylene Sediment 10 $10.61
WPD-25 (W25P/R25B) 25 Grooved resin/cell Sediment 10 $12.04

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Jumbo Size Cold Water Filter Housings
W10-PR Filter Housing
Shown: W10-PR
These Jumbo Cold Water Filter Housings Feature:
  • Pressure air relief button
  • Large capacity housing for whole house and high-flow applications
  • Accepts large capacity 4-1/2" diameter cartridges
  • Operating temperature: 40° - 100°
  • Operating pressure (PSI): 30 - 100
  • Note: The standard replacement filter cartridges listed above will not fit these jumbo sized housings
  • Click here for replacement jumbo cold water filter cartridges
Model # Description Price & Quantity
#W10-PR 1" NPT inlet/outlet jumbo cold water housing
- includes O-Ring
- overall dimensions: 13-5/8" x 7-1/4"
$64.30
#W10-BC 1" NPT inlet/outlet jumbo cold water housing
- includes a unique spanner wrench & o-ring
- clear sump
- overall dimensions: 13-1/8" x 7-1/4"
$92.00
#W15-PR 1-1/2" NPT inlet/outlet jumbo cold water housing
- includes O-Ring
- overall dimensions: 13-1/8" x 7-1/4"
$64.99
Note: The W10-PR is comparable to the Culligan® HD-950.
Jumbo Cold Water Housing Accessories
#W10-OR Head O-Ring $6.09
SLUBE Super Lube - drinking water safe, non-toxic lube for o-rings - 1/2 ounce $3.29
#SW-4 Spanner wrench - fits 20" heavy duty housings $8.17
#WWBC Spanner wrench - For 1" and 1 1/2" heavy-duty 10" clear housings $8.18
#WWHD Spanner wrench - fits opaque 10" heavy duty housings $8.57
#WMB20-ZN Mounting bracket $20.32

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Jumbo Cold Water Replacement Cartridges
These filters will fit all jumbo size housings
Jumbo Filters These Jumbo Cold Water Filters Feature:
  • Heavy duty construction
  • Fits all jumbo sized housings
  • Filters for virtually every need
  • For cold water use only
  • Dimensions: 9-3/4" long x 4-1/2" wide
  • These cartridges will also fit Ametek's HD series housings:
    • WGCHD is the same as GAC-BBS
    • WRC25HD is the same as RFC-BBS
    • W30PEHD is the same as R30-BBS
    • W50PEHD is the same as R50-BBS
    • W5CPHD is the same as CP5-BBS
    • W20CLHD20 is the same as S1-20-BBS
Filter
Cartridge
Micron
Rating
Material Reduces
(Purpose)
Max
GPM
Price & Quantity
(Each)
Filters for sediment:
WDGD-5005 * 5 Dual gradient polypropylene Taste/odor 10 $16.58
W5CPHD 5 Cellulose Sediment 20 $19.49
W20CLHD 20 Cellulose Sediment 20 $14.27
DGD-7525 * 25 Spun polypropylene Sediment 10 $19.98
W30PEHD 30 Pleated polyester Sediment 25 $22.01
W50PEHD 50 Pleated polyester Sediment 25 $17.31
Filters for drinking water:
NCP-10BB 10 Pleated carbon - impregnated poly. Taste/odor 3.0 $25.47
WGCHD 20 Granular activated carbon Taste/odor 2.0 $29.96
Filters for whole house taste & odor:
W.5CBHD 0.5 Activated carbon briquette Taste/odor 4.0 $53.08
WRC25HD* 25 Radial flow carbon Taste/odor 3.0 $41.68
* Radial flow carbon filters are ideal for whole house and other high flow rate applications.
* Two separate gradient density layers enhance cartridge performance and increases the dirt holding capacity.

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Big Blue Heavy Duty 10" Filter Housing
Big Blue filter housings offer the versatility to meet all of your large capacity filtration needs, including high-flow and heavy-sediment applications. The extra large housing allows for greater cartridge capacity, reducing the number of vessels required for high flow-rate applications. Sump housings are constructed of durable reinforced polypropylene and are available in both 10" and 20" lengths.
The high-flow polypropylene (HFPP) cap is available with 3/4", 1" or 1-1/2" NPT inlet and outlet ports. The 1-1/4" internal port allows a greater volume of liquid to pass through the HFPP cap more rapidly. Big Blue housings are compatible with a broad range of chemicals and are available with or without an optional pressure-relief button. They accept a wide variety of 4-1/2" diameter cartridges in either 10" or 20" lengths.
Big Blue Filter Housing These Heavy Duty Filter Housings Feature:
  • Heavy duty construction - durable Polypropylene
  • Large capacity housing suitable for high flow applications
  • Can be used for a variety of residential & commercial applications
  • Optional pressure release valve
  • 3/4" threaded connections
  • Dimensions: 13-1/8" x 7-1/4"
  • Max pressure: 100 psi
  • ANSI/NSF certified for material requirements
  • Flow rate: 15 GPM at 2psi (based on filter (sold separately))
Model # Description Price & Quantity
#150237 1" NPT - w/ pressure release $65.06
#150238 1" NPT - w/o pressure release $64.74
#150239 1/2" NPT - w/ pressure release $69.59
#150240 1-1/2" NPT - w/o pressure release $66.87
#150469 3/4" NPT - w/ pressure release $59.28

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Sediment Water Filters 10"
Filter Cartridge Micron
Rating
Material Reduces (purpose) Max
GPM
Price & Quantity
ECP1-BB 1 Pleated Celluslose-Polyester Sediment 20 $14.93
ECP5-BB 5 Pleated Celluslose-Polyester Extra fine sand, rust, dirt,
silt & scale particles
20 $19.49
ECP20-BB 20 Pleated Celluslose-Polyester Extra fine sand, rust, dirt,
silt & scale particles
20 $9.95
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ECP50-BB 50 Pleated Celluslose-Polyester Sediment 20 $14.84
DGD-2501 1 Dual-Gradient Polypropylene Sediment 10 $19.02
DGD-7525 25 Dual-Gradient Polypropylene Sand, dirt, silt, rust, scale particles 10 $19.98
WP.5BB97P .05 Polypropylene String-Wound Extra fine sand, dirt, silt, scale,
rust & sediment particles
10 $21.78
WP1BB97P 1 Polypropylene String-Wound Extra fine sand, dirt, silt, scale,
rust, & sediment particles
15 $21.56
WP5BB97P 5 Polypropylene String-Wound Sand, dirt, silt, scale, rust, & sediment 15 $21.28
WP10BB97P 10 Polypropylene String-Wound Sand, dirt, silt, scale, rust, & Sediment 20 $20.52
WP25BB97P 25 Polypropylene String-Wound Sand, dirt, silt, scale, rust & sediment 20 $20.06
WPX5BB97P 5 Fibrillated Polypropylene String Wound Sediment 10 $21.97
WPX10BB97P 5 Fibrillated Polypropylene String Wound Sediment 10 $20.90

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Big Blue Heavy Duty 20" Filter Housing
Big Blue Filter Housing These Heavy Duty Filter Housings Feature:
  • Heavy duty construction - durable Polypropylene
  • 3/4" threaded connections
  • Ideal for residential, commercial, and industrial filtration where high-flow rates are required
  • Optional pressure release button
  • Dimensions: 23-3/8" x 7-1/4"
  • Max pressure: 90 psi
  • Max Temp: 100°F
  • ANSI/NSF certified for material requirements
  • Flow rate: 15 GPM at 2psi (based on filter (sold separately))
Model # Description Price & Quantity
#150467 3/4" NPT - w/ pressure release $86.52
#150233 1" NPT - w/ pressure release $90.84
#150234 1" NPT - w/o pressure release $91.16
#150235 1-1/2" NPT - w/ pressure release $99.64
#150236 1-1/2" NPT - w/o pressure release $96.86

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Sediment Water Filters 20"
Filter Cartridge Micron
Rating
Material Reduces (purpose) Max
GPM
Price & Quantity
ECP1-20BB 1 Pleated Celluslose-Polyester Sediment 20 $29.81
ECP5-20BB 5 Pleated Celluslose-Polyester Sediment 20 $27.71
ECP20-20BB 20 Pleated Celluslose-Polyester Sediment 20 $27.53
ECP50-20BB 50 Pleated Celluslose-Polyester Sediment 20 $27.03
R30-20BB 30 Pleated Polyester - Reusable sand, dirt, silt, rust, scale particles 20 $36.54
DGD-2501-20 25 Dual-Gradient Polypropylene Sand, dirt, silt, rust, scale particles 20 $35.40
DGD-5005-20 50 pre-filter
5 post filter
Dual-Gradient Polypropylene Sand, dirt, silt, rust, scale particles 20 $36.56
DGD-7525-20 75 pre-filter
25 post filter
Dual-Gradient Polypropylene Sand, dirt, silt, scale,
rust & sediment particles
20 $34.58
WP1BB20P 1 Polypropylene String-Wound Extra fine sand, dirt, silt, scale,
rust, & sediment particles
30 $52.49
WP5BB20P 5 Polypropylene String-Wound Sand, dirt, silt, scale, rust, & sediment 40 $47.71
WP25BB20P 25 Polypropylene String-Wound Sand, dirt, silt, scale, rust, & Sediment 20 $47.19
WP25BB97P 25 Polypropylene String-Wound Sand, dirt, silt, scale, rust & sediment 20 $20.06

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Extra Long 20" Jumbo Size Cold Water Filter Housings
W20-10PR Filter Housing
Shown: W2010-PR
These Extra Long Jumbo Cold Water Filter Housings Feature:
Model # Description Price & Quantity
#W2010-PR 1" NPT inlet/outlet extra long jumbo cold water housing
- includes O-Ring
- overall dimensions: 23-3/8" x 7-1/4"
$84.86
#W2015-PR 1-1/2" NPT inlet/outlet extra long jumbo cold water housing
- includes O-Ring
- overall dimensions: 23-7/8" x 7-1/4""
$69.95
Super Sale
(while supplies last)
Note: These housings use the 20" jumbo sized cartridges (available here).
Extra Long Jumbo Cold Water Housing Accessories
#W10-OR Head O-Ring $6.09
SLUBE Super Lube - drinking water safe, non-toxic lube for o-rings - 1/2 ounce $3.29
#SW-4 Spanner wrench - fits 20" heavy duty housings $8.17
#WWHD Spanner wrench - fits opaque 10" heavy duty housings $8.57
#WMB20-ZN Mounting bracket $20.32
#W20 Cartridge coupler $3.16

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Jumbo Cold Water Replacement Cartridges
These filters will fit all jumbo size housings
Jumbo Filters These Jumbo Cold Water Filters Feature:
  • Heavy duty construction
  • Fits all extra long jumbo sized housings
  • For cold water use only
  • Dimensions: 19-3/4" x 4-1/2"
  • These cartridges will also fit Ametek's HD series housings:
    • WRC25HD20 is the same as RFC20-BBS
    • W20CLHD20 is the same as S1-20-BBS
Filter
Cartridge
Micron
Rating
Filter
Height
Material Reduces
(Purpose)
Max
GPM
Price & Quantity
(Each)
Filters for sediment:
W5CPHD* 5 10" Cellulose Sediment 35 $19.49
DGD-5005-20* 5 20" Dual gradient polypropylene Sediment 35 $36.56
W20CLHD* 20 10" Cellulose Sediment 35 $14.27
W20CLHD-20 20 20" Cellulose Sediment 40 $28.86
W30PEHD* 30 10" Pleated polyester Sediment 40 $22.01
W50PEHD* 50 10" Pleated polyester Sediment 40 $17.31
DGD-7525-20* 25 20" Spun polypropylene Sediment 40 $34.58
Filters for whole house taste & odor:
W.5CBHD* 0.5 10" Act. carbon briquette Taste/odor 4 $53.08
WRC25HD-20* 25 20" Radial flow carbon Taste/odor 8 $82.90
* Radial flow carbon filters are ideal for whole house and other high flow rate applications.
* Requires two filters and cartridge coupler.
* Two separate gradient density layers enhance cartridge performance and increases the dirt holding capacity.

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WWHC Whole House Water Filtration System
whole house filtration system This whole house filtration system features:
  • High-flow, multi-housing system
  • Reduces bad taste and odor and chlorine taste & odor for up to 75,000 gallons
  • Jumbo size sediment cartridges remove up to 8 times more sediment than standard size pleated cartridges
  • 1" porting for flow rates up to 8 GPM
  • Completely assembled with filter cartridges and ready to install
  • Micron Rating: 25
  • Operating Pressure: 30-90 psi
  • Operating Temperature: 40-100°
  • I/O: 1" NPT
  • Overall Dimension: 15-1/4" x 8-1/2" x 26-1/2"
Model # Description Price & Quantity
WWHC American Plumber Whole House Filtration System $326.97
WWHR Replacement cartridge set for WWHC Filter System $112.04
W10-OR Replacement O-Ring $6.09
SW-4 Spanner Wrench $8.17
W20 Filter Coupler (for connecting two W50PEHD filters) $3.16
153087 Filter Housing Sump $83.63

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Other asked for Cartridges:
won't necessarily fit the systems above
Model Price & Quantity (Each) Price & Quantity (Pair)
CBC-5
replaced by W.5CB478  2-7/8" diameter x 4-7/8" length
$15.94 -
W5CIP478  2-1/2" diameter x 4-7/8" length $13.99 -
CBR2-10
Replaced by WLC-R
These are unavailable for sale to CA, IA, & WI
$27.66 -
CWF (W5W) - $8.31
CW-MF (W30W) - $7.89
DW-2000-R $57.77 -
GAC-20 $17.16 -
P5 - $11.83
W20CL (W20CLA) - $8.81
W5P478 (P5-478)  2-3/8" diameter x 4-7/8" length $6.70 -
W30PE478  2-5/8" diameter x 4-7/8" length - $7.48
W.5CB / CBC10 $19.50 -
W-250 (set)
currently unavailable
- -
W-100RC - 1 micron rating
(very similar to the W-250 filter set - contains (1ea) sediment and carbon filter)

These are currently unavailable for sale to CA, IA, MA & WI
$38.40 -
CRE-1 - Ceramic cartridge cleanable $36.11 -

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. "When should I change my filter?"
A. According to the manufacturer, these filters will work for about 1 year (1000 gallons). However, we recommend that you replace your filters every 6 to 9 months for peak performance. Carbon filters absorb chemicals like a sponge, and once saturated the carbon can no longer absorb any more chemicals and must be disposed of.

Q. "How can I remove Giardia from my drinking water?"
A. Giardia (cryptosporidium, etc.) usually can be filtered out with a 1-micron or smaller filter.

Q. "You say the CRE-1 ceramic cartridge can be cleaned and reused. How can it be cleaned?"
A.The CRE-1 ceramic cartridges can be cleaned easily with water and a damp cloth, a stiff nylon brush, or with a sponge. These cartridges are able to be cleaned several times and reused. They will need to be replaced when the diameter at the smallest point of the cartridge reaches 1 1/2" or the circumference is 4 3/4".

Q. "My water has a high iron content (orange tint to water). How can I reduce this?"
A.We get more questions about iron than any other water problem. The method depends on how much iron is in your system and how fine the particles are.
A test you can do yourself would be to fill a clear glass with water and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. If the iron settles to the bottom then a cartridge type filter (5 micron or smaller) should be able to remove the majority of the iron particles. If the particles remain suspended then a filter won't help.

For removal of very fine iron particles you will need either a water softener or an iron removal system. A water softener will remove up to 4ppm of iron, but if used this way the resin will need to be cleaned about once a month. If yours is higher than that then you will need an iron removal system with special media. Different media would be used for different mineral conditions. Sometimes aeration can be used. It's not necessarily better than ion resins, but you wouldn't need to regenerate the system with any chemicals. We highly recommend that you consult with a local expert before ordering any water treatment system.
In many cases, for a family of two we recommend at least one cubic foot of Maz® medium to take the iron out. Maz® can be chlorinated intermittently or continuously without damage to the medium.

This must be back washed with some type of oxidizer. This can be hydrogen peroxide, chlorine, potassium permanganate, etc. (caution, some of these products can be hazardous in concentrated form). Of the above, hydrogen peroxide and potassium permanganate will not lose their properties as fast as most of them.
To avoid having to backwash, you could use Birm® media. However some say this is the weakest of all iron media and requires a pH of 7 or above, and there can be no presence of hydrogen sulfide. Also if you have a high iron content it might not be as effective as Maz®.

Note: We do not sell either Birm® or Maz® media. We recommend you contact your local water treatment company for advice on these products.

Q. "What is a micron rating?"
A.The average size of the openings between pieces of the filter media are represented in microns. For example, a 40-micron filter has larger openings than a 5-micron filter. Consequently, the 40-micron filter element will let larger particles pass through the filter than the 5-micron element.

As a general rule, the smaller micron rating for a filter is better, but as with most everything, there is a trade-off. Flow capability usually drops off as the micron rating gets smaller. To overcome this, low micron-rating filters must have larger elements to keep from sacrificing precious flow.

You may want to consider sediment filtration such as the Lakos sediment filtration system to remove larger particles, then possibly install a whole house water filter to take out smaller particles.

Another option might be to install a dual stage undercounter filtration system, which uses two filters with different micron ratings. The higher micron rating filter helps remove the larger particles from the water and prevents the smaller micron rating filter from getting clogged which would result in a reduced flow.

Q. "What is the best type of filter to remove chlorine from my water?"
A. Carbon filters are the most commonly used filter to remove chlorine from the water. The carbon media reduces the chlorine to chloride.

Q. "What is the best type of filter to remove fluorine?"
A. To remove fluorine, a catalyst carbon filter must be used. Catalyst carbon is a stronger carbon than what is normally used for chlorine removal and the cost is much more. We do not sell any catalyst carbon filters.

Q. "Does the monitor for the under counter filter system run on AC or DC?"
A. The monitor is battery (9V DC) operated.

Q. "I just installed a new filter cartridge and my water is cloudy/white?"
A. After you install a new filter (this is the case with any/all brands of filter cartridges) you should run it for a few minutes. Generally cloudy or white water indicates air in the line and this is natural and normal with the replacement of a cartridge. Air will enter in the housing, lines and cartridge. Just run the water for a few (up to 5) minutes and the cloudy conditions will go away (unless you have VERY cold water in which case it is the oxygen in the water that could be making the water look cloudy). It is always a good idea to run the water free flowing for a few minutes after installing any brand or type of new filter cartridge. Also, when you're using drinking-water filter cartridges that contain carbon, it is recommended that you run the faucet tap for at least 20 seconds prior to each use to flush very fine black carbon powder that may be present.

Q. "Why is it that if I buy 2 each of a filter it costs more than a pair?"
A. If you need a pair of filters, it is less expensive to buy a "pair" than 2 of "each." The "each" price is higher than the "pair" price because single filters must be broken out of a pair and repackaged/relabeled.

Q. "Why are the WLCS-1000 Filter Systems, the W250 replacement cartridge kits and the WLC-R water filters not for sale in California, Iowa or Wisconsin?"
A.The WLCS-1000, the W250 cartridge kits and the WLC-R filter have a 1/2 (0.5) micron rating that are capable of removing cysts in water. The most common microbial cysts in water are giardia lambia and cryptosporidium. Since these products have a 1/2 (0.5) micron rating, and show they can reduce certain amounts of lead and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the California Department of Health says this is a "health claim" being made by the filter company. The WLCS-1000 System and the W250 replacement cartridge kits have been Tested and certified by NSF International. The WLC-R filters have been Tested and Certified by NSF International for material requirements only. But these particular products have NOT been certified by the California Department of Health. The California Department of Health will not allow the sale of the WLC-R filter for residential use in California unless they are certified by them. Recently the States of Iowa and Wisconsin have adopted California's Department of Health policies that make these illegal to sell these products in those States without certification as well. Currently American Plumber is taking steps to have these certified with the Department of Health.

Q. "I may have a water problem but I'm not sure. Can you help me?"
A. Our expert team loves a challenge and will do as much as possible to lend a hand. Below is a list of common problems, the cause, and the solution.

Symptom Cause Solution
  • Cloudy, Discolored or Tinted Water
  • Clogged or Leaking Faucets
Dirt / Rust Whole House Filter System
  • Musty, Swampy Taste
  • Chlorine Taste in Water & Ice Cubes
Taste / Odor Refrigerator Filters
  • Build-up in Water Heater Tank
  • Banging Water Heater
Scale Hot Water System Protector
  • Soap Deposits on Dishes & Clothing
  • Soap Curd in Bathtub
Hard Water Water Softeners
  • Brackish Taste
  • Cloudy Ice Cubes
  • Deposits on Pots & Pans When Boiling Water
Dissolved Salts Reverse Osmosis


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