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GE 3/4 in. Inlet Whole House Water Filtration System

The GE Household Water Filtration Unit filters water at your main water supply to help reduce sediment, sand and rust to help provide clean, clear water throughout your home. Certified by the NSF, the unit has a remote filter light that reminds you when to change the filter (not included). Hardware is included for fast, convenient installation.
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Maximum filtered water flow

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lakeside
Richmond TX
about 3/4 in. Inlet Whole House Water Filtration System on
November 5, 2014
My water pressure is about 40psi. What is the approximate flow rate I can get?
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December 7, 2014
Hello - this is Nancy at GE and I am happy to help you. The maximum filtered water flow (gpm) is 12.0. This is as long as the feed water pressure is between 20 psi minimum to 125 psi maximum. I hope this helps! Thanks for checking with us!
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Sticker
Pahrump, NV
December 17, 2014
Any filtration system is going to affect flow. A 20 micron filter will have the least affect. The lower the micron filter number the higher the affect will be on flow. Many variables are in play with filtration.
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greenlite5099
harrisburg pa
July 6, 2015
I think at 40 psi water pressure, you would probably get about 4 gal a minute water flow. If you want more water flow, turn up the water pressure. 40 top 60 is a good rate, and they have new water pressure switches that come already set up for 30 to 50 and 40 to 60 and 50 to 70 psi. Most stores sell a pump that goes to the bottom of the well, and will push about 12 gal a minute of water, so a good setting with this kind of pump is 40 to 60 on a one story house, and 30 60 or 50 to 70 for a two story house. A pump and switch that only puts out 40 psi is probably 25 years old by now... good luck
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DOES THIS FILTER COME WITH FILTERS IN THEM OR DO YOU HAVE TO BUY THEM

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BILL
SOUTHFIELD MI.
about 3/4 in. Inlet Whole House Water Filtration System on
February 26, 2014
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February 26, 2014
Hello,
This is Joyce from GE. I will be happy to help. The filters are sold separately. Use this filtration system with replacement filters FXWTC, FXUSC, FXWPC or FXWSC.

Thanks so much for checking with us. Have a good day!
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Keebler
Suncoast, FL
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March 10, 2014
This comes with no filter media. You get the housing and select the media you want for your application. They come in 4 filter levels, from carbon (smallest particle size) to paper (largest particle size) and run about $10 for a 2-pack
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Wynter514
March 15, 2014
You have to buy them separately. The highest quality (and price) filter is only about $12 for a pack of two.
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EdCo
Baltimore, MD
July 6, 2014
no, you have to buy them. $10 for 2 filters that last 3 months each
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Sticker
Pahrump, NV
December 17, 2014
You haveto buy them
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greenlite5099
harrisburg pa
July 6, 2015
You have to buy and replace the filter every couple of months.. You get to pick out what filter you want according to the filtration and price of the filter. No filters come with the filter when you buy it.
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how do you install this on the sink and please reply

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arnulfo
about 3/4 in. Inlet Whole House Water Filtration System on
July 22, 2011
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HoneyDo1
Los Angeles, CA, USA
July 8, 2013
I suggest that you do not install this on your sink. I understand that this is much less costly than an under sink system, but this has 3/4" or 1/2 inch threads and is meant or filtering the whole house. You don't want to have to monkey around with all the adapters and fittings needed to make that work. You'll spend almost as much, with more headache. I will suggest an under sink model below. This unit is just a suggestion. Good Luck! :)
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Sticker
Pahrump, NV
December 17, 2014
You will have to buy the correct fittings and one flex water line to place this filter on the cold water line to the sink. find your mount spot. You will need enough water line to connect the shutoff valve to the inlet of the filter and the outlet to the faucet. If your not familiar with fittings and hose size take the old hose with you. Male and/or female ends will be important .
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July 25, 2011
Hello, This is Donna from GE and I will be happy to help you.

It is a very simple installation. The installation instructions are included with the waterfiltration unit.
It is not installed on the sink. It is connected to the water line under the sink.

Required Tools and Accessories for Installation.
■ 2 wrenches: 11⁄8″ and 11⁄4″
■ Pipe cutter
■ Ruler or tape measure
■ Cordless drill and a 3/16″ drill bit (optional)
■ File
■ Emery paper
■ Screwdriver
■ (2) 3⁄4″ compression adapters with
ferrule and nut (compatible to home
plumbing)
■ UL-approved grounding clamps and
6-gauge grounding wire
■ Teflon tape
■ If unit is to be installed on plastic,
PVC or galvanized plumbing, separate
hardware must be purchased
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Will this filter reduce iron in the water to 3 ppm?

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Jeff
Decatur, Al.
about 3/4 in. Inlet Whole House Water Filtration System on
July 4, 2015
There's not an over abundance of iron. I would just like to use this filter in line before an ultraviolet light disinfecting unit and the unit recommends bringing iron to 3 ppm.
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greenlite5099
harrisburg pa
July 6, 2015
That depends on the filters you use in the filter. You can buy filters that will fit this filter, at home depo to do the job you are asking about, so the answer is yes.
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greenlite5099
harrisburg pa
July 6, 2015
you can get filters that go inside this filter that will reduce iron. They are more expensive, but probably worth the couple of extra bucks.
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July 15, 2015
Hello Jeff - this is Nancy at GE Appliances and I am happy to help you. The GXWH04F Household Pre-filtration System is designed to reduce dirt, silt, sand and rust from your water, and can use the following replacement filters: FXWTC, FXUSC, FXWPC or the FXWSC. The FXWTC has a particulate reduction of 1-5 microns. The FXUSC has a particulate reduction of 5-15 microns. The FXWPC has a particulate reduction of 30 microns. And the FXWSC has a particulate reduction of 15-30 microns. Iron present in water is measured in parts per million (PPM) and is sometimes called "rust". The total PPM of iron and the different types of iron are determined by chemical analysis. The water needs to be tested in order to know what chemicals are present in the water. Water may contain one or more of four types of iron: Ferrous or clear water iron; Ferric or red water iron; Bacterial and organically bound iron; or Colloidal and inorganically bound iron (ferrous or ferric iron). To treat an iron problem other than moderate amounts of "clear water" iron, we recommend to consult a local water dealer or distributor. I hope this is helpful! Thanks for checking with us!
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Installation Location?

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DIYWANNABE
Seattle
about 3/4 in. Inlet Whole House Water Filtration System on
August 23, 2015
The unit we are replacing is located at the well pump house a good distance from our house. The well is old and very deep, which causes the filters to load up very fast with very thick sediment, mostly iron. There are two yard faucets for gardens in between the pump house and the house. Is it better to install this unit at the well pump house or at the home?
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greenlite5099
harrisburg pa
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August 25, 2015
Hi Diywannabe
When you pump water out of a well, to water a lawn or garden you don't need to filter it. In your case, the two yard faucets don't need to have or use filtered water just to put on the ground again, or water plants. So the water filter should go up close to the house on the inside, where it won't have any chance to freeze. The basement is usually a good place. These water filters take different filters, some filtering out almost all the dirt etc.. the more they filter, the more they costs. The reason you are probably getting dirty water from the well, is the pump might be too close to the bottom of the well. It should be about 10 to 15 feet from the bottom to give you clean clear water. The next time you have to mess with the well you might want to raise it up a little bit. Also the water going to your well might be getting disturbed from construction in the area, causing the water to be dirty. Also a dry spell can give you dirty water. It will probably clear up at some point in time, so I would just keep an eye on it over the winter. Even if the well casing is rusted badly, the water should at some point clear for you. Remember each time you disturb the water line going to the pump, you will get dirty water for a couple of hours, to a couple of days... good luck hope that is helpful to you..tom
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how do you unscrew the sump pump when it was screwed on too tight

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roxstar
Buffalo New York
about 3/4 in. Inlet Whole House Water Filtration System on
February 19, 2013
trying to replace filter...turned the sump wrong way..no screwed on too tight
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February 19, 2013
Hello Roxstar,

Thank you for yur inquiry on the GE Opaq Whole House System model # GXWH04F.

I would suggest to make sure the presure is off and drain the lines by turning on the closest faucet. Use the hd wrench, if not available you can try a Semi-Strap filter wrench to get better leverage.

I hope this helps!

Donna with GE
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bonmot
New England
Home Improvement Profile: Professional
April 19, 2014
First, did you press the red pressure relief button on top of the housing? If pressure has built up inside the filter, the vacuum will make it hard to turn. Next, the housing comes with a plastic wrench which should work most of the time. If you lost that, you can use one of those plumber's strap wrenches. (See picture).
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greenlite5099
harrisburg pa
July 6, 2015
Are you thinking about the filter cap ? If the filter is on too tight, a wrench comes with the filter, and you can use that to take it off. Tap it with a hammer lightly several times to loosen it up. make sure your going in the right direction, counter clockwise to loosen..
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I would like to get a 1 micron filter. Can I use any 9.75" x 2.25" filter with this filter?

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Campi
Mamaroneck, NY
about 3/4 in. Inlet Whole House Water Filtration System on
August 25, 2014
GE does not seems to sell a filter lower than 5 microns for this unit. I would like to get to 1 micron. There are many other filter companies available as long as this is a standard size.
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Sticker
Pahrump, NV
December 17, 2014
Yes a 1 micron filter is extremely fine used in R/O drinking water systems.
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greenlite5099
harrisburg pa
July 6, 2015
all filters have a micron level on the label. I think I have only seen 4 micron in the stores. You would probably have to order a 1 micron filter on line. Also it might restrict the flow of water so you might need to boost up the pressure a little bit.. Most stores carry 8 micron and 4 micron filters with the 4 micron being much more expensive, that that's what I use..
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August 26, 2014
Hello - this is Nancy at GE and I am happy to help you with regard to this whole house water filtration system.

We recommend using the FXWTC, FXUSC, FXWPC or the FXWSC filters. Since our filters have been designed to meet specific requirements, we do not support altering or changing any aspect of the design.

I hope this helps! Thanks for checking with us!
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mounting a whole house filter horizontally

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bruce
about 3/4 in. Inlet Whole House Water Filtration System on
October 4, 2014
I have limited space in my small pump house and would like to install a filter horizontally to eliminate the need for lots of elbows. Can this filter be mounted horizontally?
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Sticker
Pahrump, NV
December 17, 2014
Yes, Regardless of position the water flows from outside to inside. A carbon filter may require a specific position. It should be marked if so.
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greenlite5099
harrisburg pa
July 6, 2015
These were designed to mount up and down, but there really is no reason you can't mount it any way you want.. just remember when you loosen the cap to change a filter all the water will come out of the filter, but it will filter just as well no matter how you mount it good luck
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October 6, 2014
Hello,

This is Michelle with GE and I am happy to help.

GE does not recommend a vertical installation for several reasons. First, when changing the filter, the water is going to dump out of the unit while loosening the sump. It would also be very difficult to install the filter since it is not held in place at the top.

Thank you for checking.
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I have a Filtration system #GWX H20F. What other filters fit mine as I can't find the ones I need.

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handyman
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November 21, 2014
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November 23, 2014
Hello - this is Nancy at GE and I am happy to help you. This Household water filtration system uses the FXUSC filter which is a Polypropylene fiber filter. Other filters include the FXWPC (pleated), FXWSC (string wound), and the FXWTC (carbon paper). I hope this helps! Thanks for checking with us!
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Sticker
Pahrump, NV
December 17, 2014
Home depot sells a 1 micron filter for reverse osmosis systems that will fit. This will restrict low quickly f not pre filtered. A 20 micron would be best for a pre filter. For taste and odor a carbon filter will be best . Home Depot has at least 3 to choose from that fit your housing. The price ranges from $10-40. These filters are are also used in R/O drinking water systems.
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i currently have a GXWHO1C GE filtration system Will this one fit into the same top. Mine is cracked at the bottom on the cylinder

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Darlene
Atlanta Ga
about 3/4 in. Inlet Whole House Water Filtration System on
March 28, 2015
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March 29, 2015
Hello - this is Nancy at GE and I am happy to help you. I'm sorry; however, if the cylinder is cracked on your GXWH01C filter, we recommend replacing the whole filter unit, not just the cylinder from a different model. Since our appliances have been designed to meet specific requirements, we do not support altering or changing any aspect of the design. We apologize for your inconvenience. Thanks for checking with us!
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greenlite5099
harrisburg pa
July 6, 2015
This filter goes in line with a water pipe. 3/4 in and 3/4 out so you don't install it into anything
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Can I use this water filtration system for my evaporative air cooler? If so, which filter would you recommend

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Bill
Jemez Springs, NM
about 3/4 in. Inlet Whole House Water Filtration System on
June 1, 2015
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June 2, 2015
Hello Bill - this is Nancy at GE and I am happy to help you. Since our appliances and filters have been tested and designed to meet specific requirements, we do not support altering or changing any aspect of the design or installation. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We're glad you checked with us!
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greenlite5099
harrisburg pa
July 6, 2015
Yes, it will filter any water, and you can control the amount of filtration by using different filters in the filter, but I think the standard filter will work just fine
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I have a model GXWH40L unit. what filters do I need?

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Buddy
warner springs ca
about 3/4 in. Inlet Whole House Water Filtration System on
June 25, 2015
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CommunityAnswer
June 30, 2015
You will need 1 in. Pleated Household Sediment Filter.
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July 1, 2015
Hello Buddy, This is Joyce from GE. I will be happy to help! You'll want to order either the FXHTC which is superb in helping provide your entire home with chemical free, rust free and sediment free water. The FXHSC filter is excellent at reducing sediment and chemical levels, but also bacteria and sand. Thanks so much for checking with us. Have a good day!
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Do I need to provide a electrical ground connection?

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Bill
Centennial, CO
about 3/4 in. Inlet Whole House Water Filtration System on
July 15, 2015
Hadn't thought of this until I started looking at the diagrams, but since the body of the filter housing is plastic/pvc, do I need to provide a copper electrical ground between the inlet and outlet?
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July 20, 2015
Hi Bill-this is Sue from GE Appliances. Thanks for your interest! You will need a UL-approved grounding clamps and 6-gauge grounding wire. You can view the installation instructions online-http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pdfImages/c4/c43bc191-d15c-4ee0-be58-ae4485220bb0.pdf. Thanks for checking with us!
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greenlite5099
harrisburg pa
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August 25, 2015
Hi

No you don't have to provide a copper elec ground, but if your using copper pipe and you have grounded things to the copper pipe some where in the house, it is a good idea to run a jumper wire from one side of the filter to the other. Homes where they use pvc pipe a ground wire would do you no good. Most new homes use the plastic pvc pipe, and grounding is not necessary, and would do you no good.
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Can I use this filter on a hot water line? I ned to provide separate filters for the hot and cold supply lines for a specicif device.

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MR14
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August 7, 2015
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August 13, 2015
This is Lisa from GE Appliances. I am happy to assist you.
This filter can go on the cold water line only.
I hope this helps. Thanks for checking with us.
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greenlite5099
harrisburg pa
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August 25, 2015
Hi,
you can run the water through the filter, and then split it to your hot and cold line. The filter should be before the water goes into the hot water tank. This way you only need one filter for both hot and cold water.
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Therecomened filters GE smart water model: GXWH04F do not fit as there is no double ring!

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christina
Lakewood CA
about 3/4 in. Inlet Whole House Water Filtration System on
February 14, 2015
The filters FXWTC, FXUSC, FXWPC or FXWSC. do not have double rings and there fore do not fit this model.
I have bought filters from H.D that are suppose to match but they only have one ring and do not fit.. So I looked at the new model GE smart water GXWH0F4 thinking maybe the model had been updated, but now it also requires a filter with a double ring, which none of the filter on sale have.
Help if you can
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February 15, 2015
Hello - this is Nancy at GE and I am happy to help you. This SmartWater System can be used with replacement filters FXWTC (rev. 2), FXUSC (rev. 2), FXWPC or FXWSC (which are sold separately). I hope this helps! Thanks for checking with us!
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On The Smarter Water whole house filter GXWH20F-clear container

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LA33
Bellingham
about 3/4 in. Inlet Whole House Water Filtration System on
July 7, 2015
Is the model number GXWH20S the same system that would be interchangeable? Thank you
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July 10, 2015
Hi LA33-this is Sue from GE Appliances. We certainly appreciate your loyalty! Yes. GXWH20F has been replaced with GXWH20S. Thanks for checking with us!
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