The indicator on the Brita water pitcher reminds us when to change the water filter. This seemingly minor function plays a significant role since an old filter might affect the cleanliness of the filtered water. When the indicator stops working, it is good practice to fix it right away. In this article, you can choose from three options for dealing with this issue so you won’t miss the next filter change.
How Long Does the Brita Indicator Last?
According to the manufacturer, the Brita indicator lasts several years of use. Since its sole purpose is to remind you of the time to change the water filter, the pitcher is still functional after the indicator stops working.
TIP: Changing Brita’s water filter in time is vital. If you skip this step, you might unknowingly speed up 🦠 bacteria 🦠 growth in your Brita pitcher. To learn more, check out our other article with important hygiene tips for your Brita Pitcher.
What to Do When the Indicator Stops Working?
If your filter indicator stops working during the warranty period, contact the manufacturer since it should work substantially longer than the warranty period.
1. BUY A NEW INDICATOR
If your warranty period is over, you can purchase the replacement part on your own. The Brita memo indicator is available on Amazon.
If you are reading this in Australia, we have a treat for you – you can order the memo filter exchange timer for free directly from the manufacturer.
HOW TO REPLACE THE BRITA MEMO INDICATOR
To replace Brita’s Memo indicator, pry out the old one with a screwdriver. When you pull it out for the first time, it will be a bit difficult. Be aware that you might scratch or deform the area around the indicator, so take your time. Use the screwdriver to lift the indicator from the front and sides until the indicator pops out. Then simply put the new indicator in place. That’s it.
2. USE A DIFFERENT REMINDER SYSTEM
You can substitute Brita’s indicator with a simple reminder in your calendar. The accuracy of this substitution will depend on the type of Brita Pitcher you own.
Brita Memo indicator is very simple. It counts 30 days from the last time you restarted the indicator. Hence a notification on your phone or a note in your calendar every month will be the same as the Birta Memo reminder.
OTHER BRITA INDICATORS
Other Brita Indicators offer a more accurate way of evaluating when the filter needs to be replaced. For example, the SmartLight indicator notifies you after 40 gallons of filtered volume (or 120 gallons, depending on your filter type).
The most sophisticated Brita indicator, the Brita Meter, measures not only the filtered volume but also the hardness of water and time since the new filter was activated.
As you can see, you won’t be able to emulate those reminders ideally. Still, you can estimate the amount of water you filter during one day and calculate how many days it will take to filter 40 or 120 gallons. You can use our simple calculator to do the math for you. Then, simply create a reminder on your phone or note it in your calendar, and you are good to go.
Find Out How Many Days Should Your Brita Filter Last
Brita’s estimated filtered water volume for an average household is 11 glasses per day, i.e., 0,69 gallons per day. Hence the Standard filter is expected to last about 2 months (40 gallons), and the Elite (Longlast+) filter to last around 6 months (120 gallons).
3. REPLACE THE BRITA BATTERY – IS IT POSSIBLE?
The Brita indicator uses a small battery sealed in a small compartment to keep water out. The manufacturer explicitly states that the battery is nonreplaceable (source).
However, replacing the Brita battery is possible, but you must break the compartment open, disrupting the seal. To close it, you would need to seal it again or leave it without a tight seal, ensuring it won’t get wet. Also, the design of seemingly the same timers differs. Some are relatively easy to open, but some have additional plastic around the edges, making it very hard to open. As you can see in the photo, this is the case with our indicator. Although we managed to lift a bit of the plastic, we didn’t get into the battery compartment.