Brita faucet filter Troubleshooting (Things to Look Out For)

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Written By John Stephen
I’m John, the person behind the aquahow blog. I love to investigate water conditions and ways of building water filters. Mostly for my aquariums and home use.

Brita faucet filter could show signs of water leakage due to the dysfunction of the locking mechanism. The internal connectivity fails, and it starts leaking the water when connected to the faucet. In addition, the force of the faucet water pushes the cartridge away from the main section.

Brita faucet filter spraying water

Brita faucet filter comprises two separate sections, including the primary container from where the water passes to the cartridge and cartridge itself. Both need to be connected with the inbuilt locking mechanism. 

The cartridge will have two equal size tubes connected to the internal chambers. The tube guides the water inside the cartridge, and the other passes the filtered water out. When both the tube is working fine, you Brita faucet filter will work without any error. 

The filter starts making trouble when the water flowing to the tube is not correctly aligned to the main section of the filter. These two tubes have rubber rings that keep the cartridge section in place. When the tab water enters the Brita faucet filter, it gains significant force due to the small chamber. 

The force of the water will push the cartridge away. If the cartridge tubes are not correctly fixed in place, the filter may start leaking the water.

 In the worst case, the cartridge will pop up due to the force of the water and fall in the sink. Then, the Brita filter will start spraying the water around the faucet, and you will have trouble managing it.  

How do you reset a Brita faucet filter?

Brita faucet filter is designed to give you clean and fresh water directly from your faucet in the kitchen. Clean drinking water keeps your family safe and healthy. 

When you turn on your faucet connected to the Brita faucet filter, the water from the tap goes through the Brita filter and provides clean water. The small device works as an extension to your existing faucet, making your faucet water clean and bacteria-free. 

Brita faucet filters carry the life of 100 gallons or four months of use. It means once the Brita faucet filter is connected to your kitchen faucet, you will have four months of clean water without needing to use electricity or any additional charges to maintain it. 

In addition, the replacement of the Brita faucet filter is relatively easy. It comes with an inbuilt cartridge that allows the water to clean. 

When the filter expires, you have to replace the cartridge with the new one, and your Brita faucet filter will be ready to use. The indicator located on the Brita faucet filter will start blinking and alert you about the replacement. 

You should know how to open the internal compartment and change the filter without damaging the product. Then, get rid of the old filter and fix the new filter back to the device.

Learn how to reset the Brita faucet filter with the step by step guide

Step 1: Indicator Inspection

As soon as you prepare for the resetting of the indicator, the first thing that you have to do is look for the indicator. Suppose it starts showing the red tab through the small window available on the filter. 

In the case of the digital indicator, the flashing light will appear and start blinking. The indicator will show the alert based on the filter model. So check the model before buying the filter.

If you see the blinking indicator with the red light, then it is time to replace the filter. Purchase the new filter and make it ready to install. Its model suid supports the new filter.

Step 2: Turn the water off.

Next, turn the water off. Use the knob available on the Brita filter to run it to the faucet. Water will stop immediately, and movement of the water will be blocked. Now the water will directly come down from the faucet and not moving through the filter. 

Turn the faucet off and stop the water. The knob will be placed at different locations based on the water. So follow the manual instruction to turn off and on the water into the filter. 

Step 3: Disengage the cartridge.

Remove the cartridge from the Brita filter by pressing the button on the backside of the faucet. Once you see the cartridge has lifted a little, it is disengaged from the Brita filter. Hold the cartridge from the top and lift it straight up to separate it from the filter. 

If you have trouble pulling the cartridge out, press the button again and hold while lifting the cartridge. Once you have the cartridge separated from the filter, put it aside.

Step 4: Install the replacement filter.

Now get the new filter out of the packaging. Hold it in and place it on the Brita filter as you remove the old one. Align the tubes over the internal holes to fit tightly and not allow the water to come out from the side. 

The two-prong-like extension goes into the respected hole, and it gets fixed in the system. Ensure that it is appropriately fastened. 

Else, with the force of the faucet water, the whole cartridge will come out. Push the cartridge gently in the downward motion until you hear the click sound.

Step 5: Verify the installation.

In the next step, turn on the faucet. Let the water drop directly from the faucet. Remember that you have not turned the knob yet. It means the water is directly coming out of the tap without getting its filter. 

Now turn the know up to move the water into the filter. Follow the instruction printed on the Brita filter for more clarity. 

Once you turn the knob on, the water will pass through the faucet of the Brita filter, and from there, it will move to the cartridge. 

If you can see the water coming out of the Brita filter as standard, it means you have successfully installed the new cartridges. Let the water drop for 5 minutes to clean the new cartridge. The rinsing process will remove the carbon particles and activate the filter. 

You are done with the replacement of the Brita filter cartridge. Now your family will have three months of fresh and clean water for drinking. Remember that the filter replacement duration could be different based on the water condition in your region. 

For example, if your faucet receives the hard water regularly, the cartridge may get dirty, and tiny particles will produce clogging. However, the water will not flow from the cartridge after the clogging become serious. In this case, you may have to replace your Brita filter cartridge more frequently. 

How do you know when to change a Brita faucet filter?

The Brita faucet filter comes with an indicator that alerts the owner about replacing the existing cartridge. The yellow light indicates the filter will expire soon, so when you see the yellow light blinking on your filter, it is time to purchase the replacement cartridge. 

The red light indicates the filter is already expired and should be replaced. However, once the red lights start blinking, the filter does not guarantee clean water. 

It indicates that you have already used the 40 gallons of the maximum limit set for the Brita faucet filter. If you continue using the filter without replacement, the water will not be clean, and drinking contaminated water would have a serious health problem. 

Changing the Brita faucet filter when indicated will provide fresh and clean water for your entire family.

After the filter is expired, the water quality drops. You will experience a change in the taste, and water will have a bad smell. Do not use the faucet water until you replace the filter with the new one.

How do you clean a Brita faucet filter?

Cleaning the Brita faucet filter is relatively easy. However, it is not required. Once you mount the Brita faucet filter on the faucet, it will keep providing you the clean water until it reaches its maximum capacity, which is 40 gallons of water. 

During this period, the contaminated stuff will be trapped in the cartridge. So you do not need to clean it separately. When the filter indicator alerts you for the replacement, get the new cartridge, replace it with the old one, and put the Brita faucet filter back in place. 

Still, if you want to clean the filter, then follow the below-given guidelines.

1) Turn on the water supply in the filter by turning the know to the faucet water.

2) Now, push the button available at the back of the filter to release the top layer. You will notice the top layer will get removed.

3) Pull the top section of the filter gently and keep it aside. You may need a soft brush to reach inside the small gaps. 

4) Clean the bottom layer of the Brita filter with clean water. Clean it thoroughly and put the section back. 

5) Now, take the upper section of the filter where the cartridge is installed. Use clean water to remove any dirt trapped outside of the cartridge. 

Remember that the cartridge is sealed tight, so you cannot open the cartridge to remove the dirt or dust particles. It is trapped in the membrane and the carbon layer located inside.

6) Once you are done with the cleaning, fix the cartridge back to the place, and turn the knob on to move the water from the faucet to the filter. 

How long do Brita faucet filters last?

The Brita faucet filter has a maximum capacity of 4 months.

It means once the filter is connected to the faucet, you will be getting safe and clean water for four months or 100 gallons, whichever comes first.

If the tap gets the hard water in your region, you may have to replace the filter more often.

How to reset Brita faucet filter indicator?

Find the status button at the back of the Brita faucet filter. Press and hold the button for around 8 seconds. You will notice the red, green, and yellow lights will start blinking for few seconds. 

Release the status button when the green lights start flashing on the indicator. Your Brita faucet filter is not reset and is ready to use again.

If the indicator is not working as instructed, there might be some technical issue with the filter. Batteries power the faucet filter. 

Generally, batteries last for three years. However, if you have trouble resetting the indicator, you should contact the support team of the Brita filter to get the relevant solution to your problem. 

The hardware of the indicator is damage; it would not be possible to repair. You may have to get a new filter. Hardware damage is beyond repairable, so you cannot resist the indicator simply by pressing the button or even replacing the batteries.

The Brita faucet filter is made of solid plastic material, which gives it a sturdy look. It can work fine even if you drop from the height to some extend. But if the product is faulty, you may not be able to repair it. 

Check if your product is cover under warranty. You will get a replacement if the product is damaged and not working as indicated.

Why is the Brita faucet filter spraying water?

The Brita faucet filter starts spraying water when it is not installed correctly. Significantly, the section where the cartridge resides is not aligned on the bottom chamber. 

Instead, the filter would have two vertical tubes with rings made of rubber that keep the cartridge in place. If the cartridge does not correctly align to it, the water will start spilling from the gap. 

As a result, the filter will spray the water from the side. So check for the damaged part. If the rubber rings are damaged, replace them with new ones. 

Also, see if the edge of the tube is not broken. If it has a damaged rim, the water will come out from the tiny gap, and your Brita faucet filter will not work. This is because the water entering the Brita filter will not be able to reach the cartridge.