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Old 02-24-2013, 12:40 PM   #1
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after replacing hot water element, the faucet that was open during draining now has only a trickle of water coming out of it. Whether hot or cold. All the other faucets work fine. How do I get water pressure back to that faucet?


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Old 02-24-2013, 12:48 PM   #2
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Unscrew the aerator from the faucet tip and clean the screen. It be clogged with dirt that came loose from the heater.

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Old 02-24-2013, 12:59 PM   #3
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Already tried that. could there possibly be air stuck in the line? Also dont understand {dont PM questions that can be asked in a forum} Am I doing this wrong? Im a newbie
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:52 PM   #4
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Not likely, any air should come right out when you turn on your faucets unless there's a blockage somewhere. Here's a couple of quick things you can try; When you took off the aerator, did you let the water run for awhile? was there good water pressure when you took off the aerator? Try it again and see.

If not, then the blockage may be in the cartridge(s). You may have to take cartridge(s) out and clean them one at a time as well. Start with the hot water faucet first. Shut off water to hot faucet supply line, turn faucet on to relief any pressure, take off handle and remove cartridge. An 8 or 10 inch cresent wrench should do it, unscrew it ccw and clean it really good. Tap it on your hand a couple times, run some water over it, look at it really good and make sure all the sediment is out. While you have it out, turn the water on a little trickle to make sure all the sediment is out of the line. If you have a helper, they can hold a cup over the faucet area while you do this so water doesn't shoot up to the ceiling. Otherwise just turn it on a trickle, that should be enough to push out any sediment. While it's trickling out look for any sediment. Any excess water will flow down the drain. Put the cartridge back in, tightened it down, and try it again. Same steps as above - remove aerator let run for awhile - replace aerator. Now do the cold water faucet the same way if needed. There may be pieces of sediment that can't pass through the cartridge(s) or it's trapped in the cartridge(s) somewhere.

If it still trickles then the blockage is elsewhere and will go from there. Let us know how it worked out for you.

When replacing elements or doing any kind of work on the hot water heater, where it's turned off and on and drained, etc.,it always stirs up sediment. Sometimes it gets built up in your aerator or faucet cartdrige and slows down the pressure. Usually you go around and remove/clean the aerators, let the water run a little bit, then put aerators back on like we said up above. That usually fixes it most of the time. However, sometimes you may have to remove a cartridge once in awhile for big pieces of sediment. Just a small piece of sediment can effect the water pressure of that faucet.

When was the last time the water heater was drained and flushed out really good?

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Old 02-24-2013, 08:44 PM   #5
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Vickieolsen,

No, you are not doing anything wrong in this forum.

What I think joed means by "do not PM with questions that can be asked in a forum. I will not respond"; He simply means he doesn't want anyone to private message him with the same questions that are asked and answered here in this open forum, he won't respond. Sometimes members work privately with other members or people seeking private advice and they do not want their qestions or answers shared in an open forum setting like this etc.

It's standard on all his replies.

You may see other members using that statement in some form as well. So now you know what it means if you see it again.

Also, just a little tip/suggestion; "faucet with no water pressure" would have been a more appropriate title then vickieo. In the future, give a brief description of the problem you are having in the title. That way members who have expertise in that area can respond more quickly.

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