How to reset your Shark air purifier

Although replacing your Shark air purifier’s filter is important, you will also need to reset the appliance before you can get back to normal.

Having an air purifier in your home can be a convenient way to ensure that you keep allergens, pollen, pollutants and other unwanted particles out of your air.

However, just because these appliances are convenient, it does not mean that they can keep functioning optimally forever, without the proper care and maintenance.

Resetting the ‘Filter Life” timer

Perhaps one of the most important maintenance steps that you need to complete for your Shark air purifier when the “Filter Life” timer on the display panel counts down to 0% is to replace its old, dirty and grubby filter, with a new, clean one.

But changing the filters is only half the battle when it comes to getting your Shark air purifier back up and running. This is because you will also need to reset this “Filter life” timer before you can continue to use your air purifier.

The process to reset your Shark air purifier

Shark air purifiers come in all different shapes and sizes. This is why it is safest to consult the user manual of your specific Shark air purifier model before you attempt to reset the appliance.

However, the Shark air purifiers are specifically designed to be as user-friendly as possible.

And the process of resetting the “Filter Life” indicator after you have changed the appropriate filters generally only involves a few steps, which can be outlined as follows:

Process Description
Step 1: Prepare the unit Ensure that your air purifier is turned on, and locate the “Filter Life” button on the display panel
Step 2: Press the button Press and hold this “Filter Life” button in for at least three seconds
Step 3: Check the reset Holding this button should reset your unit’s built-in “Filter Life” timer. You will hear a beep and see this timer reset on the control panel if your reset was successful
Step 4: Repeat if necessary If the timer did not reset, you need to repeat this process again. It is always a good idea to check whether the filters have been placed correctly and securely, before you start the process again

What to do when the lights on your Shark air purifier are flashing

Although simply switching a machine off, and then on again is usually a very easy way to resolve lingering issues, this may not be the best way to fix your Shark air purifier’s problems.

If you are considering resetting your Shark air purifier because the lights on the display panel keep flashing, the Shark experts actually suggest that you try thoroughly cleaning your unit first.

To do this, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Turn off and unplug the unit
  • Step 2: Remove the filters and use a vacuum cleaner or microfiber towel to remove dust and dirt from the inside of the unit
  • Step 3: Re-insert the filters and make sure that they click into place
  • Step 4: Plug the air purifier in and turn it back on

The importance of keeping your Shark air purifier clean

Having to clean your air purifier and its filters every few weeks may seem like an unnecessary and unimportant task. But this small maintenance activity can actually  extend the lifespan of your air purifier and make it more effective.

Dust, dirt and all other kinds of debris tend to build up on the vents, filters and other surfaces of air purifiers over time.

And while this may not always seem like a serious issue, it can prevent proper airflow throughout the appliance and hinder its purifying abilities.

In the long run, this can lead to unnecessary mechanical stress, which could damage some of the air purifier’s components.

Troubleshooting tips for Shark air purifiers

If you have already replaced your air purifier’s filters and thoroughly cleaned the entire appliance, but you are still having trouble, there are a few other troubleshooting solutions that you may want to try, including:

  • Ensuring that you have removed any and all plastic sleeves and packaging around the filters which have been placed inside the air purifier
  • Ensuring that you have inserted the air filters the right side up and the right side around (most filter replacements should have arrows to guide you along the way)
  • Ensuring that the outlet into which you have plugged the air purifier is working
  • Ensuring that there is ample free space around the air purifier to ensure proper airflow
  • Ensuring that nothing has been placed on top of the air purifier so as to avoid blocking its air intake vents

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