Your Reverse Osmosis Tank Has Low Pressure? Here Is What to Do!

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Dealing with low pressure in your reverse osmosis tank can be troubling, because it can lead to various problems related to wasted water and an underperforming RO system.

There are several things you should do in an attempt to improve the situation – but if your issue is more serious, like a ruptured bladder, you might be out of luck.

Let’s elaborate!

Key Takeaways

  • Repressurizing a reverse osmosis tank may be necessary in some cases when the pressure gets too low.
  • You need to disconnect the tank from the RO system, empty it completely by pumping air inside, reading pressure once empty, and finally repressurize.
  • You must always measure the tank’s pressure when it’s completely empty. The ideal pressure for an RO tank is between 6 and 8 psi.
  • If your reverse osmosis tank still has low pressure a few hours or days after repressurizing, then you’re dealing with a ruptured tank bladder. The entire tank needs to be replaced.

Repressurizing a Reverse Osmosis Tank with Low Pressure

So, what to do if your reverse osmosis tank has low pressure?

The first thing you should try is to simply repressurize the tank. This is a straightforward process:

  1. You close the feed water valve.
  2. Open the RO faucet to drain as much water as possible.
  3. Close the tank valve and disconnect the tank.
  4. Drain it completely by opening the tank valve and pumping air into the tank using something like a tire pump.
  5. Measure empty tank pressure.
  6. Use your pump to increase pressure.
  7. Reconnect the tank and allow it to fill with water.

The ideal pressure level for a reverse osmosis tank is between 6 and 8 psi. Make sure to measure the tank when it’s completely empty to ensure that you’re getting the right number.

water pressure gauge

Ruptured RO Tank Bladder

If repressurizing the tank doesn’t help, you’re likely dealing with a ruptured bladder. There’s nothing you can do in this case as repairing the original bladder is pretty much impossible. Your only option is to replace the RO tank entirely.

Kinked Tubing or Clogged Post-Filter

Before giving up and replacing your tank, though, check for any kinks along the tubing connecting to the RO faucet. This happens rarely, but it could cause pressure issues with your system.

Make sure that none of the filters are clogged either. Pay special attention to the post-filter(s).

If you have any questions about low reverse osmosis tank pressure please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!

About the Author Alexandra Uta

Alex is a content writer with an affinity for research and a methodical attention to detail. Since 2020, she has fully immersed herself into the home water treatment industry only to become an expert herself. Alex has been using water filters and similar products for years which has gained her lots of hands-on experience.
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