Brita filters are designed to remove contaminants and chemicals from ordinary tap water. Each Brita filter contains activated carbon, which serves to reduce the taste and odor of chlorine found in tap water. Brita pitcher and faucet filtration systems require unique filters. Replacement filters are commonly available at grocery stores, pharmacies and general merchandise retailers.
Brita Pitcher Filter
Lift the lid from the Brita pitcher and remove the old filter from the water reservoir.
Soak the replacement filter in cold water for 15 minutes. Follow up by rinsing the filter beneath cold running water for several seconds.
Line the notch on the side of the filter with the groove inside the pitcher water reservoir. Insert the filter into the reservoir. Press down firmly. Brita recommends discarding the first two pitchers full of water.
Put the pitcher's lid back in place and press the electronic indicator button on its top until all four bars appear on the indicator. Release the button once all four bars appear. Replace the filter once all four bars have disappeared.
Brita Faucet Filter
Turn the tap off before attempting to remove the old Brita filter.
Press the filter cartridge release button on the back of the filter cup. Lift the cartridge from the filter cup to remove.
Turn the replacement Brita filter so that the filter insert groove is aligned with the groove on the filter cup. Holding the base of the filter cup for support, insert the cartridge onto the filter cup until it clicks in place. Some models will have a flashing green light to indicate that the filter has been engaged.
Turn the filter handle to indicate "Brita" water setting. The setting designates between filtered and unfiltered water.
Run the tap for five minutes. Replace the filter once the life indicator turns red.
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