Rated 2.8 out of 5Â by 77
Rated 2 out of 5 Leaky pressure release button, difficult bypass valve handle
As many have written, this filter is poorly designed because the pressure release button often leaks and the bypass valve handle is short and difficult to turn. I took the unit off and plugged the pressure release button area with clear silicone caulk, which stopped the leak for the most part. Though I still had to put a cup under the filter to catch the occasional drip, and empty the cup every month.
Over the past ten years I had two of these filters. A plumber was at my house replacing a water heater and I showed him the filter. He recommended replacing the filter with one with a 1" inlet, rather than the 3/4" that I had. The reason is that the filter will reduce water outlet pressure and with a 1" filter the reduction will not be significant.
I took his advice and when I replaced my well tank I also replaced the whole house water filter with a larger unit. I got a filter without a pressure release valve because I think this would eventually leak, no matter whose name is on the filter.
Though I can solder I would prefer not to, especially when there are a lot of fittings to contend with. So I used CPVC pipe and SharkBite fittings. They worked great, easy to use, and no leaks. My water pressure at the faucets was immediately improved. The whole installation of well tank, water filter, and the manifold to distribute water to the four lines (1/2" and 3/4" lines) in the house took five hours of my time.
December 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by BadDaddy06 Works how it's supposed to
I installed 2 of these per my plumber's recommendation. 1 with a nylon filter and 1 with a carbon filter. System works great and is removing tons of iron sediment that we were having issues with. When you see what it pulls out of your water it is actually pretty gross. Only drawback was converting my pex plumbing to PVC and back because the conversion fittings weren't so great. I haven't had it very long so don't know about the pressure release gumming up over time. Only other thing I would mention is that the Home Depot has the best value on filters I've seen so make sure you stock up if there isn't a store close by.
August 7, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by ATVaholicInME Leaking from Day 1
First time ever reviewing a product, but don't want others to have to go through the hassle I did. I had a trusted licensed plumber install the unit, and from day one it began to leak. The plumber suggested it may take a day or two for the o-rings to seat, and the leak around the control handle finally did stop. Within 24 days I replaced the filter to make sure all was going well. Used the red pressure release button, changed the filter, put all back together, turned the water back on, and water was dripping pretty aggressively from the red button. Put a bucket under it and let it sit for a couple days thinking what happened with the control handle would happen with the red pressure release. It didn't. After two days and a 5-gallon bucket full, I called the company (on day 29). After being on hold for 30 minutes, the rep told me that there are no replacement parts for those units and when they fail they need to be replaced. He thought it was a good thing it failed within warranty period so I can remove and return to point of purchase. Problem is, I paid a license plumber...and told him that. He said there was nothing they could/would do and would not reimburse the cost of having someone remove and replace the filter. So now I've got to figure out how to remove it myself, bring it back, and get another unit. It will NOT be another GE unit, but I've gotta find something close dimensionally so I do not have to tear apart the entire copper line to change distance between compression fittings. ARGH!!!!!!!!!!
October 17, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5Â by JNewburghNY Don't use the RED pressure relief button
I have had two of these units installed in two different homes.
It does what its supposed to, but if you have a lot of sediment in your water do not use the red pressure relief button when changing your filter. Instead shut off your water and flush a toilet or run a sink to relieve the pressure, then change the filter. If you have sediment due to using a well, that sediment can and will get trapped in the o-ring of the relief valve. When you change your filter and turn on your water it will begin leaking. Depending on how bad it gets blocked up, you may not be able to stop the leak and need to replace the entire unit.
June 3, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by homeowner Leaky pressure release
Just like other reviews posted here, my experience with the pressure release valve is the same - it does not reseal. You are forced to replace the entire unit or have a constant drip with bucket that needs to be emptied daily. do not buy this unit.
August 2, 2014