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5 most common problems of RO systems and their diagnosis

common problems that arise with RO systems and their diagnosis

RO systems or reverse osmosis systems are appliances that we can’t do without these days. They help to provide us with constant supply of pure and clean water and thus keep us away from health problems that arise due to drinking unclean water. However some problems can arise in them from time to time. These problems can cut off the water supply and thus it is important to diagnose the RO system quickly. For this, you must be aware of the most common problems of RO systems and the top ones have been given below along with their diagnosis:

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1. A noisy faucet or drain is one of the common problems of RO systems

This problem arises as a result of air pushing out. In some cases, the noise may not be too much but if it becomes too much to handle then you can either straighten the tube or check all the parts of the RO system to see if something is amiss.  In cases where RO systems use air-gap faucets, noise is a common side-effect and there won’t be much that you can do about it.

2. Leakage in the faucet

If the faucet is leaking, then the most possible cause of this could be loose fitting parts of the RO system.  This too is another one of the many common problems of RO systems and the best way to diagnose is by tightening all the possible parts.  In some of the cases, the leaking faucet could also be a result of the base of the faucet stem and the only solution for this is to replace the faucet altogether.

3. Foul odor or bad taste of water

Another common problem that may arise in RO systems is bad tasting water or a bad odor in the water.  In some cases, milky water may be observed coming out of the faucet as well.  In these situations, you can either wait for some time for the bad taste or odor to go away and if it doesn’t, then you can drain the storage tank a few times or replace the filters.

4. A system that runs without stopping

Another common RO system problem is a constantly running system.  This can happen due to many reasons including incoming water’s low pressure, automatic shut off valve failure, incorrect membrane installation etc.  To correct these problems, you may either need to change the parts that are at fault or ask for expert opinion or help.

5. Water flow slower than usual

Have you ever observed the water flow from the RO system slower than usual? Well this is yet another common problem that people face with these systems and not one that cannot be rectified.  This usually happens when the water pressure in the tank is not upto the mark.  If it is not to the desired level, then you must raise it to 6 psi.  In some cases, you may also need to replace the clogged membranes since this too could be causing the pressure to be slower.

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