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Old 02-09-2010, 09:51 AM   #1
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New Faucets Suck

Just bought a new faucet from the home store and the pressure seemed to be lower than the old one. Took that faucet back and replaced it with a different brand and the pressure still seems low. Any ideas?


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Old 02-09-2010, 09:55 AM   #2
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How old were the old ones?New ones generally have flow reducers to conserve water. Is it possible your shut-offs didn't completely open?


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Old 02-09-2010, 10:19 AM   #3
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was the aerator/screen intact in the old one? if not, that'd make a big difference!
check new aerator/screen to be sure it's clean as well. be sure valves are opened correctly/fully.

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I took the insides out of my new faucets.
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do you have shutoff valves under the sink?

If you had shut off the water to the sink sometimes the old washers get stuck in the valve. you would need to check by turning off the main water supply and pull apart the old valves to see. if they are stuck then clean the valves out and replace the shut off valves with quarter turn ball valves.
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Old 02-12-2010, 11:15 AM   #6
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You can thank the government for this...low flow, water conserving crap. It is the standard for just about everything but tub filler spouts. On most models there is a flow restrictor diaphram inside the aerator assembly that screws onto the end of the faucet, it is a little black disk with a small hole in it. You can try carefully removing it from the assembly and trying the faucet with it out, but it seems that this usually results in a messy water flow on modern fixtures, as the restrictor and aeration parts have mostly morphed into a single assembly instead of two separate pieces. Check the water flow before reinstalling the aerator assembly; if you have poor flow at this stage, there are restriction in the supply valves as suggested by others. It is not uncommmon for the old pre ball valve style of shutoffs to get mineral buildups in them, preventing them from opening or closing completely.
A much more annoying problem to fix sometimes occurs when the ports inside the faucet actually become restricted from pieces of debris that break free when the old valves are operated.


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