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Model GXWH20S

Internet #202073874

Store SKU #295599

Whole Home Water Filtration System

$39.98 /each
  • Reduces sediment and build-up in your plumbing and appliances
  • Fresh filtered water for your whole home
  • Sized for 3/4" plumbing

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The GE Household Water Pre-Filtration System connects to 3/4 in. plumbing to filter out sand, sediment and rust from all your household water. The pre-filtration system features a 3-position bypass valve to allow you to change the filter without turning off your water supply. This water system helps to provide clean, clear water for showers, dishwashers and laundry.

  • Heavy-duty filtration system Clear sump allows for easy viewing of filter
  • Filters water at the main supply Install system in basement and/or out of sight
  • Premium filtration Certified to reduce sediment, scale, dirt and rust in your water, appliances and plumbing fixtures
  • Easy installation Includes 3/4" plumbing connection, pressure relief valve, bypass option, mounting bracket and remote filter reminder light for simple installation and filter change
  • 3-month life For best filtration results, filter (FXWTC, FXUSC, FXWPC or FXWSC) should be replaced every three months

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GXWH20F Red Button Leaks

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Rick
Syracuse, NY
July 25, 2012
My GXWH20F filter started leaking from the red button just after my first filter change....can not get it to stop. I now see MANY similiar complaints on line but not soutions other than to try to keep pushing the button or put a bucket under the unit to catch the dripping water. UACCEPTABLE! Is there a solution or do I need to go buy a unit from a reputable company??
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Ohio
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May 20, 2016
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I've had three GE water filter canisters with the red pressure relief button. They all leaked. My canisters were clean, the filter cartridges were new and there was no "foreign matter" present. I returned every one of them and decided to never again buy one of these GE pressure relief water filter canisters again. It's poor engineering; that's all it is.
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Castle Rock, CO
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February 27, 2015
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When mine leaked I turned the unit to bypass, no pressure on red button, and pushed the button in and released it about 20 times very quickly. Turned the valve back to filter and the leak quit.
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Ohio
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May 13, 2014
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The red button leaked on the four units I purchased. I returned them and will not consider buying this product again. GE has been aware of this problem for a long time but has chosen to do nothing about it.
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Deerfield, NH, USA
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December 26, 2013
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This can be a very aggravating issue! Part of the problem is that sometimes people wait too long to replace the filter. If someone waits too long, small particles and sediment build up in the unit. It is these particles that get stuck between the O-ring and "seat" causing it to leak. Try to clean the unit meticulously and yes (unfortunately you have to) keep pushing the button to try to flush out the Read More
This can be a very aggravating issue! Part of the problem is that sometimes people wait too long to replace the filter. If someone waits too long, small particles and sediment build up in the unit. It is these particles that get stuck between the O-ring and "seat" causing it to leak. Try to clean the unit meticulously and yes (unfortunately you have to) keep pushing the button to try to flush out the sediments. Note that the button can also be gently pulled out. Do this as many times as you need to and the problem should resolve itself. If not, then the sediment was allowed build up to the extent that it actually scarred the O-ring as it tried to seat itself. Think of trying to attach a garden hose that has been covered in sand, you will scratch the fitting and the fitting will leak. This is not a problem with the water filter, it is a problem associated with the water, specifically "hard" water. Read Less
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Metamora, MI
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July 6, 2013
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I would, first, assess the demand being put on the unit, itself, in terms of input water pressure. It appears to me that the unit cannot replace a larger "high-flow" unit (about $50 or less), and may not be able to take on the demands of an ENTIRE typical household, alone, even though it's called a whole-house filter unit. It may work well under less demanding situations Perhaps, as a secondary in-line Read More
I would, first, assess the demand being put on the unit, itself, in terms of input water pressure. It appears to me that the unit cannot replace a larger "high-flow" unit (about $50 or less), and may not be able to take on the demands of an ENTIRE typical household, alone, even though it's called a whole-house filter unit. It may work well under less demanding situations Perhaps, as a secondary in-line solution leading to but a few fixtures, or a single major appliance, in my professional opinion with experience with this product. Personally, I would spare the bells & whistles on the "GXWH20" for a larger 1" line unit as the primary filter (if not already), and maybe use a 3/4" line filter where additional filtering may be adamant. This should help with the leaking issue, and will save time & money on filters and time to change filters, thus, increasing the lifespan of the unit(s), as well.
P.S. I have had similarly-sized units by GE not leak after installation, that I know of. Read Less
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miked
Westminster, MD
January 7, 2013
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I have the same issue with the pressure release valve. I have been able to get it to stop leaking (by playing with the button), up until now. Now I have a bucket under it and am looking at other units. Do as GE suggests and try coaxing the button to stop leaking, but eventually you will most likely have to replace the unit,.
This is really a product flaw as so many have the same issue.
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Bearcat
CT
January 6, 2013
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I had the same problem with my new filter. After pushing the button in and pulling it out several times with my finger nails, the unit was fine. The key here is to take your time and pull the button out. Then repress the button. You will see the difference as the settement works it's way out. You might have to repeat this 10 times or more but it works. I will not use the red button the next time I change Read More
I had the same problem with my new filter. After pushing the button in and pulling it out several times with my finger nails, the unit was fine. The key here is to take your time and pull the button out. Then repress the button. You will see the difference as the settement works it's way out. You might have to repeat this 10 times or more but it works. I will not use the red button the next time I change the filter. Read Less
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NE Pa.
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August 3, 2012
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I have had the same problem with the red button leaking. If I have to take the unit off the water line I will be replacing it. I'm not going to mess around with trying to rebuild the valve behind the button. I'm on line right now looking for a different unit.
After reading reviews on the other big home improvement store the brand they sell isn't much better. I guess I'm going to the local hardware store
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I have had the same problem with the red button leaking. If I have to take the unit off the water line I will be replacing it. I'm not going to mess around with trying to rebuild the valve behind the button. I'm on line right now looking for a different unit.
After reading reviews on the other big home improvement store the brand they sell isn't much better. I guess I'm going to the local hardware store to see what they have. Sorry I don't have an easy answer.
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July 26, 2012
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Hello Rick,
This is Donna with GE and I am happy to assist you.
I would suggest to try moving the button gently back and forth to dislodge the sediment trapped in the seal. This unit has a one year return to store warranty. If the suggestion does not help, then I would suggest to return with the receipt to the store it was purchased from for an exchange.
I hope this helps!
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how often do you have to change the cartridge?

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May 20, 2016
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It depends on the quality of your water and the amount of sediment your water contains. You may need to change it once a year or you may need to change it every one, two or three months.
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Berwick, PA, USA
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December 7, 2015
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My plumber recommends every 3 months depending on your water source. I have a well so there may be more solid particles then if I had city water.
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December 6, 2015
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Filter life is dependent on the incoming water quality. Water with a lot of sediment, sand, or other impurities will necessitate more frequent changes. The clear filter housing allows you to monitor check the condition of the filter easily.
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Morgan Hill California
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November 24, 2015
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90 days of normal use. If yours has the included timer reset it when changing the filter and it will flash when it's time to change the filter in 90 days.
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North Carolina, USA
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October 20, 2015
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It is recommended to change them every 3 to 6 months. Any longer and bacteria can start forming and could lead to illness.
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July 21, 2015
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Hello James - this is Nancy at GE Appliances and I am happy to help you. The filter is the FXUSC (Sediment) filter and should be changed every three months or sooner if the water flow is reduced. I hope this helps! Thanks for checking with us!
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July 17, 2015
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The filter cartridge is not sold as a separate part and you need to change the whole filter when the water flow is noticeably reduced or at least every 3 months.
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How many gallons per minute flow my I expect from this unit, and what size are the connections?

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Santa Clarita, CA
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January 17, 2014
I like to know before I order this unit.
Inlet pressure is 50 lbs.
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Alaska
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October 19, 2014
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The female threads are 3/4". providing your filter isn't clogged with debris (is new/fresh)10 gpm would be minimal
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June 23, 2014
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As for the connections size, I have 3/4 inch copper pipe and used "3/4 in. Compression x 3/4 in. NPT Solid Brass Union"
Search for that at Home Depot and should be able to find it. There is also an option to connect to 1/2 inch pipe.
The thread size is 3/4 inch NPT. I suspect flow rate would be mostly affected by the filter (and how clean it is) used inside this unit.
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Texas, USA
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May 20, 2014
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I used 3/4 pex fittings. You could reduce to 1/2. I have 70 psi and it works great, I would think 50 psi would work well also. I don't know the gpm but I have good shower water and use about 100 gallons per day.
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May 13, 2014
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The connections are 3/4 inch. The flow rate will depend on your city service or well tank pressure and the type of filter you use.
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Scranton Pa
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May 3, 2014
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3/4" in and out not sure about the GPM had mine awhile try to google it
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January 18, 2014
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Hello - this is Nancy at GE and I am happy to help you.
The rated filtered water flow (gpm) is 4.0. The plumbing connections are 3/4". The feed water pressure (psi) should be 20 min. - 125 max.
I hope this helps! Thank you for checking with us!
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Do I turn the bypass valve lever toward me or away from me

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June 23, 2014
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It will depend on the orientation when installed.
If the water inlet to the filter is to the right, away from you is Bypass and towards you is OFF.
If the water inlet to the filter is to the left, away from you is OFF and towards you is Bypass.
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Texas, USA
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May 20, 2014
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It is marked. I have water flowing from right to left and bypass is away from me.
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Ohio
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May 13, 2014
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I can't give you an answer. It depends on whether your water service line originates from the left or from the right. Turning it one direction will completely stop the flow of water and turning it the other direction will allow water to pass through while changing the filter.
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February 25, 2014
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That depends on which direction the filter is installed in the support. The handle points to the side you want and there is a clear picture on the filter housing that indicates bypass/on/off. If the bypass is closest to you then turn the handle so that the lever is pointing toward you. The pictures on the housing show the handle direction.
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January 14, 2014
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The general answer is that the lever should go across the pipe when the valve is closed and the lever should be parallel to the pipe when the valve is open. That said it will probably be clockwise to close the valve and counterclockwise to oopen the valve.
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January 12, 2014
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Hello - this is Nancy at GE and I am happy to help you.
If you are wanting to turn off water to the filter, rotate the control handle to the "bypass" or "off" position.
I hope this helps! Thank you for checking with us!
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Rated 3.0 out of 5 by 118 reviewers.
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Was good for several years Bowl crack left me with soaked drywall and the need for a new filter. Bowl is close to a half inch thick at teh bottom but still cracked. Found many review with the same problem August 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GE - GHWH20F whole house water filter Excellent Product...absolutely No issues, would buy again if I ever had any problems July 7, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by LEAKING RED BUTTON SOLUTION ahhh! the leaking red button ( read other reviews below for description of problem.) all over the net you will find reviews of how this product's red relief button starts leaking. for some reason HD does not list them. anyway, here's how i fixed it. take off the cartridge canister, like you were changing the filter. now get a can of that compressed air used for cleaning keyboards. hold the red button in while you spray the air into the channel that leads to that valve. I did it several times, stopping to push the red button many times, then hold it down and spray again. Finally, i got the dripping to stop. what a poor design that a simple ACCESSIBLE screen would have fixed. the filter part works great. the relief button design is terrible. June 30, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent filter. Built a tad cheap. Easy to install Clear view great to check status of filter. On/off valve kind of cheap. August 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good for any home You should put on on your main line to clean the water before it gets to your faucets. If nothing else it will take care of any small particles that may clog up the small parts of the water savers on the faucets. The great thing is that you can see the filter so not only is it easy to tell when it is dirty, but it will shock you on how much trash comes into your home in the water supply. I like using the charcoal filter to take out some of the chlorine smell. I build and remodel homes and put one in every new home and most of my remodel jobs. July 1, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Helped a bit with my Hard Water Problem & Sediment Issues I live in a rural area & we have a hard water & sediment issue... I live in a Modular Home & my home has a area of about 2 ft x 2 ft for the Water Heater to slide into. Quite Small needless to say. Upon purchasing this I ended up having to upgrade my plumbing a little bit & made me consider building a 8x8 Utilities Room off the side of the house with the Water Heater Closet. The Unit came with 1 inch inlets & I had 3/4 inch inlet of water. I purchased some Pex Tools from Home Depot & some Pex connectors & was able to route it to fit in the closet for the rest of this Winter. I used 3/4 to 1inch reducers to get this installed. The Unit is very nice & Sturdy & the Clear Sump will allow for easy checking. The Unit came with it's own wrench for filter changes & all mounting hardware. As for the Little Blue Magnetic Lite Adviser... I will plan on just changing the unit every 6 months. Glad I got this even if it took a bit to get it installed. February 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Clean Water This filter is well built with high grade materials. The design is straight forward and haveIng a clear chamber allows you to see inside . It comes with mounting bracket basic filter water quality moniter and wrench to remove the canister. In the box is also a very intuitive instruction booklet. My install was for portable soda fountain I built for filtering the inlet water supply. Boy did it work well my first run the water coming in was nasty , the water being dispensed was clear of partials and tasted much better than without the filter. I of course being able to see the filter changed it before using my system for the event this unit was designed for. Changing the filter was a breeze with the help,of the included wrench . I would suspect this filer would be great pre filter for you home with any of the three available filter. November 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent filter! Our rural water system has very good water, but at times we have some fine sediment. After looking at several filters, this one appeared to have the most features at the best price. Installation was straightforward, I installed it in the incoming water line after the pressure regulator. This filter comes with a built in valve, allowing for filtering, bypassing of the filter, and turning the water off, which for me is a definite plus, as the valve for my water system is down stairs. Being able to turn off the water at the filter will make filter changes much easier, and also allow me to turn off the water for other maintenance and repairs without running back and forth to the basement. I also like the clear filter canister, which allows me to see if sediment is starting to build up in the filter media. Overall, this is a good filter at a good price. December 6, 2015
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