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Old 04-17-2007, 10:31 PM   #1
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Water pressure often delayed

Recently started having a problem with my single-lever kitchen faucet. When I turn it on, sometimes the water comes out and sometimes it doesn't. [me whistling the tune of "twilight zone"] So, we end up "pumping" the handle a few times to see if the water will come out this time , or this time , or this time?
Reading some of the other posts about water pressure, I tried the faucet all the way cold and then all the way hot to see if it was just one of the lines. Guess what? Perfect pressure on both!
In a possibly related note, a week ago I noticed the bath water was a bit discolored, so maybe some water main issues...
So, should I call:
-a plumber?
-the water department?
p.s. up to this point it has worked fine since we moved here 2 years ago and it is the only faucet effected in the house.


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Old 04-18-2007, 01:59 AM   #2
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Is this a new faucet ? Take your areator off the spout and see if there is any trash in it .


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Old 04-18-2007, 08:58 AM   #3
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Since this is your only faucet with any issue, and since the issue is only happening when the lever is in the middle, mixing hot and cold, I think it's pretty safe to assume that the water main, your house plumbing, and the devil worship your neighbor has been doing have nothing to do with the problem.

Just sounds like an issue with the cartridge in your faucet. Maybe it's gunked up, or just broken. You could open it up to check it out, or you could call a plumber and he'll do the same.
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Thanks for the replies

I will try cleaning out the faucet, already did clean out the aerator.
Just to clarify, the faucet worked perfectly last night but this morning it was delayed again and when it came on it did so with a chugging noise (in any position: Hot, cold or mixed), and soon the chugging stops and the flow is very good.
And ...no it's not a new faucet.
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Old 04-19-2007, 11:23 AM   #5
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Yea, just replace the cartridge or ball. Find the manufacturer/model and get their repair kit. Replace all the parts that come with the kit. That should do it. if no repair kit is available then you may have a cheapo faucet and may want to just consider changing it out.
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