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Why Is My Brita Filtering So Fast? (All You Need to Know)

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Slow filters are problematic, but a faster-than-usual filter is worse. Slow filter indicators the filter is working slow, but a fast one can indicate the filter is not working at all. Find the reasons and solutions for a quicker Brita filter and some essential tips and guides.

Why is my Brita filtering so fast?

Brita filters usually filter fast when you do not correctly install the filter. Check the manufacturer’s guide and set the filter accordingly. A broken piece or a defective Brita filter can also leak water. Try to find out the leakage and contact customer service to get a solution. 

Britta filter contains activated carbon which helps to reduce contaminants such as chlorine, calcium, copper, zinc, and mercury. When you pour water into a Britta filter, it needs time to go through the filtering process.

But what if you notice the filter is working so fast? That may indicate the filter is not working correctly, and there might be some leakage that is passing the water more quickly.

So what is causing the problem? And how can you understand your Britta filter is working faster than usual? A regular Britta filter should filter the reserve water within 10 to 15 min.

If your filter is working faster than that, you should not drink the water and find out the issue. Here we include the common problems that can cause a fast Britta filter. Check out the list below to find out the problem causing the issue.

Manufacturing defect:

Britta filter needs to go through several stages of quality checking before getting marketed. However, it is possible that a few faulty filters can escape the quality checking. If you are unlucky enough, you can get a defective filter.

Usually, a defected Britta filter has a displaced carbon layer that passes the water faster than usual. The carbon layer removes the harmful objects from the water. A faulty faster filter can not filter the water accordingly.

Do not drink water from a defective Britta filter. Contact the Britta helpline to let them know the problem. They will help you to fix that or replace the filter.

Installation error:

If you make some mistake while installing the Britta filter, the filter will not work correctly. A small gap between the filter and the container can cause a faster filter.

So while installing the filter, pay attention to the locking system that holds the filter. Follow the manufacturer’s guide to set the filter perfectly. If you find it hard, a Youtube tutorial can help you set it up.

Broken parts:

Cracks or broken pice on the filter or pre-filter tank can cause a faster filter. It is possible that the filter got broken or cracked while transporting or something like that. If you can not find any installation error, check for broken parts or cracks near the leakage.

Carefully check the tank that holds water for filtering. Remove the filter and look for cracks or broken parts. If you find any defect, do inform the seller to solve it.

Are Brita filters faster now?

Yes, Britta is releasing a faster version of the filter that can filter water slightly quicker than before. Still, no filters can purify water instantly, and it should take some time to filter the water correctly.

The Britta filter’s carbon layers inactivate and remove most of the heavy metal and contaminants. For that, the water needs to pass the carbon layer, which is not a fast process. 

New Britta filters have some function that makes the filtering bit faster. So it is usual to filter water within 8-10 minutes for the advanced filter. But it should not take so little time as 2-5 min.

If your filter filters the water that fast, look for installing errors or defects. The manufacturers do not recommend drinking water from a more rapid filter. New Britta filter models have a quicker filtration rate.

How fast should my Brita filter be? How fast should a Brita filter filter?

Britta filters need about 10-15 minutes to filter a full pre-filter tank. Different filters have slightly different filtering rates, but the filtering time should be within a 10-15 minute margin.

Britta also has some advanced filters that filter water slightly faster than usual. Note that Britta filters are more likely to get slower over time. Activated carbon removes the contaminants from the water, but the carbon has a lifespan. Most Britta filters can filter 40 gallons of water.

An old Britta filter gets clogged and becomes slower. There is an indicator that shows the lifespan of the filter. If you see a yellow light, you will need to change the filter soon. A red light indicates that the filter can not work anymore, and you need to change it.

How do I know if my Brita filter is working fine?

It’s easy to know if a Britta filter is working fine on not. Follow the tips below to find out.

The Indicator:

All the Britta filters have an advanced indicator that shows the status of your filter. The indicator has three indicating light that helps you to know the filter condition.

If you have an old version Britta filter, pour water on the filter and press the status button for one second. The indicator will show green, yellow, or red light. The new Britta filter doesn’t need water to show the filter status.

The green light indicates that the filter is working fine, and you have quite some time before changing the filter. A yellow light means that the filter’s life will end soon, and red light says the filter’s life has ended.

Filtering time:

Generally, a Britta filter filters its tank water within 10-15 minutes. A slower or faster filter indicates that the filter is not working accordingly.

Usually, Britta filters will need more time to filter the water once it gets old. Old filters can get clogged by contaminants. But if the filter gets fast suddenly, don’t drink from the filter. The carbon layer or the filter displacement can cause the problem.

Odd smell, taste, color, and visible dirt:

Suppose the filtered water has a different smell, taste, or color, but indicators still do not show any issue. In that case, that may indicate a faulty indicator and an outdated filter. A displaced and licked filter can also pass unfiltered water with different smells and tastes.

If you find issues like that, check the filter first; if you don’t see any visible defect, it’s time to change your filter.

How to fix too fast Brita filter?

First, make sure your filter is actually faster than usual. Sometimes after using an old, slow filter for a long time, it seems like a new filter is working too fast. There should not be an issue if a filter takes about 8-10 minutes to filter water.

If you think your filter is working faster, here are some tips for finding out the issue or possibly fixing that.

Keep track of the time:

First, empty the reserve tank and fill the pre-filter tank. Now set a timer and keep track of the filtering time. If the filtering time is around 10 minutes,  the filter should be okay.

If your tap water does not contain many contaminants, the filter can work slightly faster than usual. If the filter takes too little time to filter water, it’s time to look for the issues causing the problem.


If you do something wrong while installing the filter, the filter will not work correctly and cause a faster filter. Reinstalling the filter with proper steps can fix a quick filter.

Change if the filter is defected or broken:

A defective filter or a filter with broken pice can cause a faster filter. Look for such issues and get help from the seller or the Brita customer service.

Why do some Brita filters seem faster than others?

New Brita filters work faster than the old Brita filters. Old Britta filters get clogged by settlements that affect the filtering rate.

Britta filters filtering rate also depends on the filter model. New filter models work slightly faster than the old filters.

Water quality can also affect the filtration rate. Filters need more time to filter water with high contaminant levels. Those are the primary reasons some Brita filters work faster than others.

Final thoughts

If a Brita filter takes a lot less than 10 minutes to filter water, the filter can be defective, or you have made any mistake while installing it. You can drink water from a slower filter but not from a faulty fast filter. Sometimes, a new filter can seem too fast than the old one.