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[NEW] Buying Guide on Water Filters

commercial-water-filter-buying-guideWhat if we told you there was something that’d make your drinks taste better, your commercial kitchen equipment run better (and longer) and you didn’t need a service technician?

If you guessed that we were talking about water filters, you’re right.

Regularly changing the water filters on your refrigerator and ice machines, steam tables, and coffee tables seems like a no brainer, right?

Still, there are several restaurateurs who neglect to replace water filters on a consistent basis. They might think the initial cost of the filter is too high, particularly when you find out that filters should be replaced at least every 6 months (and sometimes sooner, depending on your region).

But consider this: your ice machine breaks. It won’t start, and you’re out scrambling to find new ice for service that night while your technician takes a look. The cause? Your water filter is clogged, causing your machine to work harder and ultimately giving out. The solution? A new ice machine.


Prevent this from happening to you and keep your equipment lasting as long as possible by getting more savvy about your water filters. Changing a water filter is easier thank you think—we love the ease and effectiveness of brands like 3M commercial water filters.

Find out more about water filters (and why you want them) in our new Buying Guide on Water Filters »

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Why Water Filtration Is Essential In Your Restaurant

Water FilterWater filtration systems provide two key benefits for your commercial kitchen or restaurant: restaurant equipment maintenance and breakdown is reduced by as much as 75% Beverages and ice tastes (and smells) better for customers. Restaurant equipment that use water like ice machines, coffee and espresso makers, steamers, and dishwashers can all benefit from a water filtration system.

Mineral deposits (also known as “scale”) build up in these machines, causing maintenance problems and breakdowns.  Water filtration systems with scale inhibitors prevent the buildup of scale as well as filter the water in the commercial kitchen equipment you use every day. Water filters with scale inhibitors are particularly beneficial for ice machines, as ice will appear clearer and break up easier than non-filtered ice, not to mention taste better to the customer.

Water filtration removes:

  • Chemicals
  • Sediment
  • Minerals
  • Organic matter

The presence of these elements in your commercial kitchen or restaurant’s water affects water taste and odor and increase the likelihood of maintenance problems or equipment breakdown.

Types of Water Filters

Not all water filters and water filtration systems are the same. Some water filtration systems feature a drop-in replacement cartridge whereas others are screwed into the filter head. Some water filters need to be activated by cycling water through them for a period of time before use.  Other types allow you to simply drop in the cartridge and put it to work right away.

Some systems require multiple filter cartridges, especially for higher volume applications whereas others, most notably Cuno, have single cartridge systems for all capacities, saving space and money since you only have to purchase one replacement cartridge at a time.

When To Replace Your Water Filter

It’s probably time to replace your water filter cartridge if:

  • Water pressure drops significantly.  Many water filtration systems have a PSI (pounds per square inch) indicator needle.  If that needle is in the red or below 30 PSI, replace your filter
  • The water in your restaurant or commercial kitchen tastes or smells funny
  • Mineral deposits or “scale” start building up in your restaurant equipment
  • More than six months have passed since the last time you replaced the filter

The best way to avoid problems with your water filtration system is to replace filters every six months. If your water filter cartridge is clogging or going bad in less than six months, you may need a pre filter for your water filtration system. A pre filter removes larger organic matter and sediment before it reaches your main filter, improving the main filter’s lifespan and effectiveness. Different geographic areas have different water qualities, but in general if your area has especially “hard” water (it contains lots of minerals), has a lot of sediment or debris, algae, or other organic matter problems, installing a pre filter is a good idea. Wherever your restaurant is, you should have a robust water filtration system in place.  It’s good for your equipment, your product, and your customers.  There’s not three more compelling reasons for a restaurateur out there.

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