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Old 05-28-2012, 08:11 PM   #1
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Replaced cold cartridge, now hot and cold both have low pressure.


As per the title, I had a two handle bathroom faucet with a dripping cold side. I removed the cartridge and the little rubber plug and spring from the bottom, then replaced them all. It looked like all went in right, and the drip is gone. Oddly enough though after I turned on the water at the line again and tried to run the cold water. the pressure was really low. Even oddlier, when I tried the hot water, it was low pressure now too.

The little rubber plug at the bottom was in poretty rough shape when it came out but I didn't notice any huge chunks out of it. Is it possible that when I remioved the old plug that some chunks of it moved along into the actual tap and are now blocking both the hot and cold water flow? If so, is there any (simple oreferrably) way to clear that?

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Take it back out, run the water through, by opening the valve, without the cartridge in, and then make sure that the cartridge ports are not plugged, and reassemble.

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Have you removed the aireator from the faucet---it might be plugged up with debris--
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:33 PM   #4
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yep mike hit this one areator seems to be clogged ...thats the part at end of faucet wherewater comes out.....clean it out..,.
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Right on guys, thanks for the suggestions. Will give them a shot and report back.

Wifey was giving me one of those "What did you do now, you dummy?" looks when she tried to wash her face at bedtime.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:57 PM   #6
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Hey, you guys rock!! Aerator it was.

I always thought the aerator was just a little screen, so I didn't think it could be blocked by little bits of rubber like that. When I took it off though low and behold, there I was wrong again! It has just a small little hole that the water has to go through before it gets to the screen, and the little hole was blocked up with little rubber bits that must have come from the plug I replaced.

I turned on the water before I put the aerator back on just to check and there was lots of pressure from both sides. I let it run for 30 seconds or so to get rid of any other little bits of rubber and put the aerator back on. Problem solved!

Now tomorrow morning when wifey washes her face I get to give her my smug look.

Thanks to all three of you for responding!

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