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The shelf life of an unused, packaged filter is indefinite.
For optimum performance, it's important to change your Brita® filter on a regular basis. Users with water of high hardness should increase filter changes. Filter replacement is essential for the product to perform as represented.
Pitchers and Dispensers: Replace filters every 40 gallons or every two months for the average family, whichever comes first.
Faucet Filtration Systems: Model OPFF-100: Filter lasts for 94 gallons. Model SAFF-100: Filter lasts for 100 gallons. Model FF-100: Filter lasts for 100 gallons or 4 months, whichever comes first.
Brita® Bottles: Replace filter every 40 gallons or roughly every two months.
Getting started with your Brita® Water Filtration System and all of its features couldn't be easier. Just a few simple steps and you're on your way to enjoying healthier, great-tasting water.
For pitchers, you should soak your filter before inserting it:
Faucet filters don't require soaking, however, the system does need to be flushed for five minutes to activate the filter media and remove any carbon dust. The 100-gallon filter lifebegins AFTER flushing for five minutes so you are not wasting filter life by the flushing process.
Bottle filters don't require soaking. For your Soft-Squeeze Brita® Bottle, squeeze one full bottle of water through the filter before use to activate.
For your Hard-Sided Brita® Bottle, rinse under cold water for 15 seconds. It is normal for black carbon dust to appear.
Pitchers: Press the Start button firmly for 5 seconds. If needed, use a capped ballpoint pen. A bar should disappear every two weeks on average. It could range between 12-16 days.
Faucet Filtration:The manual reset procedure can be performed by removing the filter and by waiting 30 seconds before placing the filter back into the cartridge.
For more info on indicators, check out our Product Maintenance section.
The Brita® Pitcher Filter Systems and the Brita® Faucet Filter are both excellent water filtration products offering different filtering techniques. The best product is the one that most meets your individual needs. Both products reduce the contaminants that most commonly concern consumers — lead and chlorine (taste and odor) — and both products deliver great-tasting Brita® water. The Brita® Pitcher Systems also reduce copper and mercury — which the Brita® Faucet Filter can't do. But unlike the pitcher, the Faucet Filter removes the microbes, Cryptosporidium and Giardia, and reduces the chemicals Atrazine, Lindane, Benzene, Trichloroethylene and Asbestos.
The Brita® Pitcher Filter Systems come pre-assembled. After cleaning the pitcher parts with a mild detergent and soaking the filter, simply insert the filter into the reservoir by lining up the groove in the filter with the notch in the reservoir. Press fIrmly to ensure a tight seal.
Brita® Pitchers and Dispensers are very low maintenance when it comes to upkeep and care. You can simply hand wash the lid and reservoir with a mild detergent. Brita® filter bottles are dishwasher-safe. Remove the filter before cleaning your Brita® Bottle Water Filtration System. All plastic components (bottle, cap, mouth-piece) can be washed in the dishwasher (top rack only) or by hand with a mild soap.
Algae is a microorganism that lives in water. Warmth and sunlight contribute to the growth of algae. Public water systems can contain low levels of algae, especially in warmer climates and in hot weather. If the algae is not killed by the chlorine that the water supply adds to the water, it may still exist in your tap water.
The filter may capture some algae; some of the algae also may remain in the water once it has been filtered. If your pitcher is left in a warm or sunny area, the algae that is in the filter or in the filtered water may start to grow. This is most likely to happen if your filter has been in use for longer than the recommended 40 gallons or two months.
Seeing carbon particles in the pitcher after several weeks of use is not a problem. The particles are also not an indication that it is time to change your filter. You should change it every 2 months or every 40 gallons, whichever comes first. What may be occurring is that over time as the water passed through the filter, the particles shift and the smaller particles drop through the cracks at the bottom of the filter. Again, these are not a problem. However, since the particles are unsightly, you may want to remove the filter and completely submerge it in cold water for 15 minutes before filtering again.
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