whole house filter wont unscrew

Reply

  #1  
Old 11-21-10, 11:47 AM
L
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: PA
Posts: 2,034
Received 4 Votes on 4 Posts
whole house filter wont unscrew

i used the little plastic tool to try and unscrew the water filter and leaned on it pretty hard but it wont budge. i hate to try anymore for fear of breaking it

any secrets to making it budge and preventing such a thing again next year?
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 11-21-10, 12:09 PM
A
Member
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Northwest Ohio
Posts: 1,479
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Have you had it off before? Have you released pressure? Do you add any lubricant to the threads or o-rings? Did you hand-tighten it or use the wrench? Has it ever leaked around the top? How often hasw it been changed?
 
  #3  
Old 11-21-10, 12:10 PM
Akpsdvan's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Alaska
Posts: 1,949
Received 6 Votes on 6 Posts
Originally Posted by luckydriver View Post
i used the little plastic tool to try and unscrew the water filter and leaned on it pretty hard but it wont budge. i hate to try anymore for fear of breaking it

any secrets to making it budge and preventing such a thing again next year?
Do you have a shut off valve before and after the filter in question?
If there is one before, close it and then open the cold at the kitchen sink.
Silicon works great in keeping the o ring in shape and also a little on the threads to help in getting the sump on and off.
 
  #4  
Old 11-21-10, 12:10 PM
B
Member
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 712
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Remove the water pressure from the filter. Some filter housings have a button on top that when pressed will release the water pressure--of course you have to isolate the filter first. If you don't have the button and you can't isolate the filter--but with a faucet within the isolated segment-- then turn off the water where it enters the structure and open a faucet to relieve the pressure.

When you finally get the filter housing open be sure to use silicone grease on the o-ring before reinstalling to avoid the problem in the future.
 
  #5  
Old 11-21-10, 01:33 PM
R
Member
Join Date: May 2010
Location: South Florida
Posts: 376
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
I agree w/ comments about assuring that pressure has been released. To make sure, it loosens by turning counter clockwise.

I encountered the same problem after installing a whole house water system. The installer had way over tightened the filter canister by hand, and the flimsy plastic tool would not release it. I put on a pair of rubber gripper gloves and had someone hold the plumbing connections to prevent breaking a PVC part. It came off doing that.
 
  #6  
Old 11-21-10, 02:01 PM
L
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: PA
Posts: 2,034
Received 4 Votes on 4 Posts
i had replaced it last year but either forgot about or didnt notice the pressure button. (so thats why there's a hole in the bracket lol) i do have valves to isolate it. still didnt budge so i used a rubber mallet and voila! gracias
 
  #7  
Old 11-21-10, 03:07 PM
Akpsdvan's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Alaska
Posts: 1,949
Received 6 Votes on 6 Posts
Originally Posted by luckydriver View Post
i had replaced it last year but either forgot about or didnt notice the pressure button. (so thats why there's a hole in the bracket lol) i do have valves to isolate it. still didnt budge so i used a rubber mallet and voila! gracias
Good deal, now when it goes back on no tighter than an oil filter for the car or truck.
 
Reply
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: