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After I did a routine under sink water filter change, I am getting a powerful burst of water when I turn on the water dispenser that goes through the filter. It lasts only a second or so then the pressure drops to a slower flow. I removed the filter and looked for clogs or debris but didn't see any. It is the same filter that I previously had under the sink. I am concerned that the filter may not be working properly.

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What type of filter? Carbon? Reverse osmosis? –  longneck Nov 29 '12 at 21:35
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You likely have air trapped somewhere it shouldn't.

Water doesn't compress so when you turn on the tap, the flow is the pressure from the city divided by the resistance of all the pipe between it and the tap.

If you have an air bubble, then when the tap is shut off the air will compress until the pressure matches that from the city. When you turn the tap on, the flow will be the pressure from the air bubble divided by all the pipe between it and the tap. Since there is much less pipe in this case, the flow is much higher.

The pressure in the air bubble quickly drops as the water is pushed out until you again match the original case.

This is especially noticeable if you have have a smaller pipe somewhere between the city and the air bubble than between the air bubble and the tap since obviously the flow is limited by the smallest (cross-sectional-area) pipe.

Depending on the size/shape of the filter, it could be air in the filter itself. See if you can fully fill it with water before connecting it.

If you shut off the house water while making the change, then air could have gotten into any branch going to a higher location than your sink. If you haven't tried running fresh water in every single location in your home, that may be all it takes to clear out the air.

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+1 Good answer. –  user558 Dec 2 '12 at 15:22
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