Refrigerator - Genuine Water Filter vs Counterfeit Filter

We recommend that refrigerators with water filtration systems only use genuine GE Appliances water filters. Genuine replacement filters are certified to NSF/ANSI Drinking Water Treatment standards which ensure structural and safety standards are met, and are designed to operate within the environment of the refrigerator. AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) through partnerships with NSF, IAPMO and WQA tested and found counterfeit filters do not always meet the NSF/ANSI Drinking Water Treatment standards and can damage the refrigerator's filtration system.

AHAM's Testing of Counterfeit Filters

The results of AHAM's testing show that counterfeit filters often have the following traits:
  • Use of misleading and fraudulent labels that violate trademarks.
  • Make deceptive or faulty claims.
  • Potentially add harmful contaminants to the water.
  • Falsely claim to meet NSF/ANSI Drinking Water Treatment standards.

Reasons Counterfeit Filters Shouldn't Be Used

Many counterfeit filters are sold online and have been known to burst and/or leak, potentially resulting in costly property damage. Many counterfeit filters claim to be "exactly" the same as a GE Appliances Genuine filter but often only filter chlorine, taste and odor and are not certified to reduce harmful contaminants such as lead, mercury, arsenic, VOCs and pharmaceuticals.

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