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Rusty water after installing a water filter?

I recently installed a Whirlpool, model WHKF-DWHBB, water filter unit in my home and I still have rusty water. I live in a home with a well and have a Kenmore, Ultrasoft 180, water conditioner. I have these units plumed from the pressure tank into the conditioner and then into the filter. Should I reverse the position of the filter and the conditioner?

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    Chris Ballard May 11, 2010

    What type of piping do you have past the filter? Galvanized steel is prone to rusting inside and would'nt be filtered.



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Leave it like it is. Unless you had sand coming through your water. The softener will regenerate and rinse alot of what your filter would plug with down the drain,

Please rate this response and Good Luck, Phil

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Have you heard of the Merus ring ? It has been installed on a 26,000 sq ft office building in fresno which had a very severe rusty water problem.and in a very short period of time solved the owners problem at a reasonable cost see www.merusca,com for more info. Rick W

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You have actually posted on the washing machine forum!
You will need to type into your search engine/web browser 'whirlpool whole house water filter' and, with a bit of luck,you should be presented with a number of sources from which you can either download for free or have to pay a nominal amount. During the process you will be asked for the actual model number!
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If the ice maker is not producing ice or not enough ice
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• Large amount of ice recently removed? Allow 24 hours for
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• Reverse osmosis water filtration system connected to
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Let me know how it goes!
Please remember to leave a rating!

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