How to change the filter on your Shark air purifier

The process for changing the filter in your Shark air purifier will differ for each model, but there are usually only a few simple steps.

Shark air purifiers rid the air in your home of odors, allergens, and other unwanted particles. They do this by passing air through a series of filters that do not allow these particles and contaminants to pass through.

Replacing your Shark air purifier filter

However, just like any other complex electric appliance, these air purifiers require some maintenance to keep them functioning as they are supposed to.

If you have noticed that the “Filter Life” light on the display panel of your Shark air purifier is flashing (or that the Filter Life has reached 0), this means that it is time for you to replace your filter as part of your general maintenance activities.

The process

It is best to consult your user manual before attempting to change the filter in your Shark air purifier. However, this process is generally as follows:

Process Cylindrical air purifier models Air purifiers with removable back panel (includes the 3-in-1 models) NeverChange air purifier models


Step 1: Open the unit Carefully turn the unit upside down and remove the filter cover by rotating it to the unlocked position Locate the removable back panel and remove it by pushing down on the tabs at the top of the panel lightly (the 3-in-1 models have a singular tab at the top of this panel) Simply pull on the tabs on the side of the unit to expose the dust filters. If you want to access the HEPA filter, you can carefully turn the unit upside down and twist the filter cover
Step 2: Remove the old filter Simply tug on the tabs of the filter to remove it Pull on the tab at the top of the filter to remove it Slide the dust filter up to remove them from the casing (HEPA filters can simply be lifted out of the units)
Step 3: Replace it with the new filter Remove the packing from the replacement filter and slide it into place (the tabs should be on the top) Unwrap, and place the new, replacement filter into the appropriate vacancy – make sure that the tabs are at the top of the filter (it is easiest to start at the bottom) The dust filters on the NeverChange air purifier models do not need to be replaced and can simply be wiped down with a cloth of handheld vacuum cleaner and slid back into place

After your new filters have been clicked into place, you can simply secure all the protective panels back into their places before continuing regular use.

What to do before you change the filter

Although the Shark air purifiers are designed to make maintenance as easy as possible, it is noteworthy that they are still sensitive electric appliances which require a delicate hand.

Therefore, it is important that you always switch off your air purifier and unplug it from the outlet before removing the back panels or filters.

You should also ensure that you have ample space around the unit to avoid any accidental and unwanted bumps or spills.

What to do during the filter change3

Although you likely just want to get in, replace the filter, and get out, when the “Filter Life” light starts flashing – this is actually the ideal time to take care of some of the other air purifier maintenance and cleaning steps which are sometimes neglected.

This includes cleaning the inside of the air purifier by wiping it down or quickly passing over it with the nozzle of your vacuum.

It is also a good idea to double-check that you have removed any and all of the packaging and wrapping that your new filter was shipped in before you continue using the unit.

What to do after you have changed your filter

Replacing the air filter on your Shark air purifier is one of the most important maintenance steps in ensuring that the air purifier operates as effectively and efficiently as possible.

But it is not the only thing that you can do to keep your air purifier in tip-top shape.

It is also important that you dust off your air purifier occasionally  to ensure that it is constantly getting ample airflow.

To do this, simply wipe off the unit with a microfiber cloth. If there is a tougher stain that you want to remove, carefully wash the unit with some warm, soapy water.

You should also ensure that there is never any furniture, curtains or other obstructions blocking the airflow to the unit, as this could place unnecessary strain on the unit over time.

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