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Old 09-08-2012, 11:50 AM   #1
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Hey all, I am trying to replace the filter in my GE smartwater GXWH08c and I for the life of me can't seem to get the housing off. I have turned off the water and used the pressure release button to remove the pressure from it. I have bough a strap wrench, and that isn't helping. I've tried to use WD-40 to loosed it up. Anyone else have any ideas / tricks / tips that I can try to remove the thing? Any ideas are definitely welcome, I'm at my wits end with it now.

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Old 09-08-2012, 12:56 PM   #2
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Instead of a strap wrench, use something like this which gives you more torque (http://www.filtersfast.com/GE-WX5X30...ter-wrench.asp)

BTW, I would not spray WD-40 near or on your water housing. Besides, the housing is plastic and the gasket is rubber so there is no rust.

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Old 09-08-2012, 01:00 PM   #3
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100% sure your turning it in the right direction?
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:02 PM   #4
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Thanks guys,

I was finally able to remove it. Just took a little bit more elbow grease, and a buddy to to stabilize the plumbing around it, so that I could really apply pressure.
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The problems of having a filter with out any kind of bracket for the head to be mounted to the wall with...
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The problems of having a filter with out any kind of bracket for the head to be mounted to the wall with...
when reintalling housing..apply a little vasoline to oring and top where it meets this will make it easier to remove next time...ben ..

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Vasoline?
That could most likely the worst idea yet.

There is some silicon out there that is safe with water use or find another o ring in a plastic bag and most likely there is a little tube of the silicon and it does not take much.

Vasoline will break down and make a real mess of the housing and get into the water.
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:17 PM   #8
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My water filter did not come with a mounting bracket so I simply installed a 1/2" pine backerboard and secured the top filter housing with a metal strap.

Since we drink and cook with this water, I avoid using any type of synthetic petroleum or water-based lubricants. Instead, I simply use some olive oil to lubricate the gasket.


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