Installing a Brita water filter on a pull out faucet can be somewhat challenging.
But once you manage to do it properly, you will get to enjoy highly filtered water that looks pure and tastes nice.
Therefore the effort you put into the Brita water filter installation will have been worthwhile.
Whether or not you will actually be able to install the Brita filter on a pullout faucet will depend on the faucet’s pipe length and sturdiness.
The pull out faucet needs to be long enough to accommodate the filter. And it needs to be sturdy enough to carry the weight of the Brita filter.
If the pullout faucet’s pipe is not long enough (or sturdy enough), you won’t be in a position to install the Brita filter on it.
In that case, you would be better off getting another faucet: ideally of the non-pullout variety.
Conversely, if your examination reveals that your pull out faucet pipe length and sturdiness is adequate, you can proceed with the installation.
How to Install Brita Water Filter On Pull Out Faucet
These are the steps you need to follow, while installing a Brita water filter on a pull out faucet:
1. Unlock the faucet’s aerator.
You cannot install a Brita water filter onto a faucet that has the aerator attached to it. Therefore the first step is to unlock the aerator.
You do this by twisting the aerator in a clockwise direction.
Sometimes, you may encounter difficulty in that the aerator is too smooth (or perhaps your hands are too oily), and you are therefore unable to unlock it.
In such situations, all you need to do is hold the aerator using a dry piece of cloth, then twist it in a clockwise direction to remove it.
2. Remove any limescale or rust you find on the faucet
If the faucet has been in use for some time, chances are that you will find some rust and/or limescale that has accumulated in it.
You will need to remove this rust and/or limescale, before proceeding to install the Brita filter.
3. Attach an adapter to the faucet
Whether or not you will actually need to attach an adapter will depend on the type of threads on your faucet.
If your faucet is one of those whose threads are on the outside, you won’t need to attach an adapter.
Conversely, if your faucet is one of those whose threads are on the inside, you will need to attach an adapter.
The Brita water filter comes with adapters: meaning that you won’t need to procure these separately.
So yours is simply to get the adapter that came with your Brita filter, and fit it onto the faucet.
But you will first need to fit the washer onto the adapter.
Only then can you proceed to fix the adapter: aligning its threads with those of the faucet, then moving it in the clockwise direction until it fits.
4. Install the Brita filter base
If your faucet is one of those whose threads are on the outside, you will need to fix the Brita filter base directly on those threads.
On the other hand, if your faucet is one of those whose threads are on the inside, you will need to fix the Brita filter base on the adapter that you will have set up in step 3 above.
The actual Brita filter base installation will entail placing it under the faucet (or adapter), then twisting it in a clockwise direction.
5. Install the Brita filter mounting onto the base
This is really just a question of placing the mounting onto the base, then twisting (in clockwise direction) until it fits properly (but not too tightly).
You have to be quite gentle while twisting the filter mounting, lest you damage it in the process.
It may be tempting to use a pliers, but that is a temptation you need to resist as a pliers is only bound to end up damaging the filter system’s components.
Therefore your best bet is to twist the filter mounting with your bare hands, until it fits properly on the mounting base.
6. Fix the Brita filter cup onto the mounting
There is a space on the Brita filter mounting where the filter cup should fit it. Yours then is simply to place the Brita filter cup onto the space meant for it.
Then twist it gently in a clockwise direction until it engages. If you have properly positioned the Brita filter cup, it should easily twist onto the mounting.
7. Fix the Brita filter cartridge onto the filter cup
This will entail holding the filter cup up, then gliding the filter cartridge inside the cup.
The most important thing here is to ensure that you position the filter cartridge properly, so that it goes into the cup with ease.
If you encounter difficulties getting the filter cartridge to go into the filter cup, it will mean that you are not positioning it properly.
Ultimately, you will know that you have done the installation properly if the Brita filter cartridge clicks on place.
At this point, the Brita filter indicator should be flashing a green light.
8. Let water run through the new filter for five minutes
The objective here is to flush the new filter cartridge. There are two things you stand to achieve by flushing the new Brita filter cartridge.
Firstly, by flushing the new Brita filter cartridge, you remove excess carbon dust.
You have to remember that the Brita filter uses activated carbon to remove impurities from water.
Therefore a new Brita filter cartridge is bound to have some excess carbon dust in it.
When you allow water to run through the filter for some five minutes, you end up removing the excess carbon dust from it.
The second thing you stand to achieve, by running water through the system for five minutes, is filter activation.
Therefore it is only after you have run cold water through the Brita filter system for five minutes that you should consider it activated and ready for use.