Daily Deals 💰💰💰

Save up to 40% on your favourite water products while supplies last. Order Now!

Daily Deals 💰💰💰

Save up to 40% on your favourite water products while supplies last. Click to Order Now!

How To Assemble Berkey Water Filter? (Step-by-Step Guide)

Published by: Paulo Baker

How To Assemble Berkey Water Filter

Have you ordered a new Berkey water filter system for your family? Are you wondering how to assemble a Berkey water filter? Don’t worry! Here is our comprehensive guide that will run you through the steps in compiling your water filter system. 

So, let’s read on to the complete on how to assemble Berkey water filter.

Tips To Assemble Berkey Water Filter

Before assembling your Berkey water filter, follow the following tips:

  1. First, remove and check the purification elements and parts from their protective packaging.
  2. Clean all the stainless steel containers of the water filter system before putting it together.
  3. You must prime the filters before installing them to ensure the proper flow of the water.

Elements or Parts of Berkey Water Filter

The parts of the Berkey Water Filter System are enumerated as under:

Berkey Filter Water Parts (Source)
  1. Lid Knob
  2. Lid
  3. Knob Washer
  4. Knob Screw
  5. Upper Chamber
  6. Black Berkey Element
  7. Black Berkey Element Washer
  8. Black Berkey Element Wingnut
  9. Hole Plug
  10. Fluoride Filter
  11. Airlock Chip
  12. Lower Chamber 
  13. Spigot
  14. Spigot Washer (beveled)
  15. Spigot Washer (flat)
  16. Spigot Hex Nut
  17. Rubber Base Ring

How To Assemble Berkey Water Filter

Following is the step-by-step guide to assembling Berkey Water Filter:

1. Place the rubber base ring

Firstly, you need to put the rubber base ring on the kitchen counter and place the bottom Berkey canister (or lower chamber) on top of it. Rubber base rings provide support to the water filter and prevent it from sliding.

2. Assemble the handle and put it on the lid

The next step is to place the handle onto the lid. For that, you need to remove the knob washer and knob screw from inside the lid knob. Now, place the knob washer on the lid and screw the knob through the hole on the lid. You don’t have to use any tool to do so. Hand tightening the screw will work.

3. Induct the spigot

There are two kinds of spigot. One is made out of plastic, while the other is stainless steel. If you have purchased the regular one, you will get the plastic spigot. But, if you purchase a bunch of deals, you will get the stainless steel spigot. 

Further, dismantle the spigot. Install the beveled Spigot washer towards the stainless steel container. Insert the threaded nipple into the hole in the bottom Berkey canister (or lower chamber). Put the beveled spigot washer over the threaded part of the spigot on the exterior while the flat one on the interior. Hand-tighten the hex nuts. To work more effortlessly, rotate the spigot in a clockwise direction to the vertical position. 

4. Assemble the filters

Now, you need to assemble the filters. The first step before installing the filters is to prime them. For installing the filters, you need to place the black Berkey element washer onto the body of the black Berkey element. Insert the surface of the black Berkey element into a hole on the top Berkey canister (or upper chamber). Tighten the element wingnut onto the surface of the black Berkey element. 

Repeat until all the black Berkey elements are fixed on the surface of the upper chamber.

5. Test the filters

Before proceeding further, you need to test whether the water is supposedly coming out from the filters. Make sure that the water is not leaking through any of the blocked holes or the nuts.

Put some water in the upper chamber and assess to see from where the water is dripping. 

If they are leaking from the nuts that are not supposed to be leaked, empty the chamber and tighten the nuts again. After fitting the nuts, test it again to ensure the proper flow. 

6. Final Step

Now, you only need to place the top Berkey canister (or upper chamber) on top of the lower chamber. Put the lid on top to cover the Berkey water filter system.

Make sure that you filter the water a few times before drinking it. It will ensure the removal of any residues left in the filter. 

You can also watch this video on how to assemble Berkey water filter…


Here is our detailed guide on how to assemble a Berkey water filter. Now that you know how to assemble the water filter in less than 12 minutes, make it an essential part of your healthy lifestyle. 


How should I clean my stainless steel chambers?

You can clean the stainless steel chambers with a dishwashing liquid once every month. After prolonged use, the spigot and chambers may have calcium scales on them. To remove it, you can soak affected parts in vinegar or use the vinegar-water solution in a 1:1 ratio. Wipe the calcium scales with a cleaning pad or brush. Then, give it a normal water rinse.

How long does a Berkey water filter last? How often do they need to be replaced?

A black Berkey water filter is designed to purify approximately 3000 gallons of water before replacement. Hence, a Berkey water filter lasts for about three years.

Is it normal that the water in the upper chamber does not drain all the way?

Yes, it is relatively normal that a few inches of water remain in the upper chamber. There are very fine micropores through which the water is filtered from the upper chamber to the lower chamber. It is, however, noticed that the water filter system purifies much faster when it is full. It is because there is more water pressure. Hence, the water drains all the way.

One remedy to this problem can be to enlarge the pores of the filter elements. But, it can reduce the efficiency of the Berkey filtration system.

What should I do if the filtering flow ratio in my Berkey system is stagnant?

This problem can be effortlessly resolved by re-cleaning the elements. Since the sediments and turbidity may clog the micropores of the filtration system, you can solely remove the elements, wash the exterior part of each element thoroughly, and reassemble the elements. It will restore the flow rate of the filtration system.

Photo of author

Article by:

Paulo Baker

Paulo is a senior writer at Dash Appliances, where he research, writes, and reviews home and commercial water filters. Paulo is covering home-related things like water filters, vacuum cleaners, and more since 2019. When he's not researching and testing, he's traveling and playing golf.

Leave a Comment