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The filter will definitely restrict the flow, but it might be made worse if there is already a flow issue present. Many DIY waterline install kits come with self-piercing saddle valves. Compared to the 1/2" pipe they are fitted on (and even the 1/4" supply line), the hole they make is relatively small which reduces water flow to the fridge. Your best bet ...


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All water filters restrict flow to some degree. Generally, the more filtration/treatment the more flow restriction. If you are using an in-line filter, there are many types available. If you want to just filter out sediment you could switch to a simple (and cheap) particulate filter and probably see better flow. The ones that remove chlorine and some ...


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Perspective :) Look at it this way: with the filter installed, everything is okay, but without the filter, water runs extremely fast because it isn't being filtered. Better slow and safe than fast and unfiltered, I say. But seriously, unless the water you're feeding your fridge is pre-filtered and the pipes are all perfectly clean, you need that filter. ...


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As an alternative option, you can use Potassium Chloride instead of salt in your softener. (On a side note, by my math two liters should only have under half a gram of sodium at that hardness)


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This may be late, but you could use something like this bottled water dispensing pump system.


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When I had the same issue I just bypassed the filter by connecting the water source directly to the water inlet. This showed me that there was an issue somewhere between the water filter and the water inlet.


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Based on size, location above the baseboard and distance from the wall and the fact that it is a screw-on cap, I'd guess gas.


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Try to scrape/sand away the paint to see what material you find. As mentioned in @Pigrew's answer it could be black iron steel, galvanized steel, or brass. However, it's hard to tell by the photo if it is a threaded cap or not. If it's not threaded it could be copper, which is used for both water and gas. And for the sake of completeness, it could also be ...


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Short of opening up the end-cap, there isn't a good way to tell which it is. You could try banging/hitting a pipe elsewhere in the house, to see if you can hear the banging. Also, look at other exposed piping to see what materials were used for the various utilities. Pipe like that could be water, but it also could be oil or natural gas. There is a chance ...



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