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Problems with kitchen faucets are common in many households and one of the first things to do is to identify the problem. To do this, start by shutting the water off and take the faucet apart to examine it carefully. It could be that there is a clog in the faucet, it has become damaged or you have a rubber ring that is leaking. While many of these issues can easily be addressed by replacing small parts there could be other problems that might need professional intervention.
Listed below are a few questions answered by the Experts on problems related to kitchen faucets.
First, turn off the water to the faucet and remove the handle. Once you do this, unscrew the bonnet counter that holds the cartridge in place by turning it clockwise. Remove the old cartridge, replace it with the new one, tighten the bonnet again and replace the handle. To get a clearer picture on how the parts fit together, click here.
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It is possible that you either have a clogged cartridge or a jammed diverter. There could be a piece of debris that is causing a blockage in the body of the faucet. To address this, you need to examine all the parts of the sink faucet methodically. To begin with, take the cartridge off from the valve control and check if the water is flowing. Replace the cartridge if it is damaged in any way. If the water flow seems okay, take the spout off and check if the water is coming out even without the spout. To check for a jammed diverter, follow the same process mentioned above after you take the diverter off. Following this, turn off the shut off valves below the sink and examine the hose connection that gives out hot and cold water individually. Disconnect the hoses, check if they are clear and examine the individual water flow by filling the water in a bucket. Next, examine the supply hose from the valve handle control. You can also use a can of compressed air to help clear any obstruction.
To fix this, use the shut off valves under the sink to lower the water pressure. This should ideally stop the faucet from receiving a jolt when the diverter is turned on.
To stop the leak, you would need to purchase a new O-ring from a home improvement store and replace it by taking the spout off. For more information on this, you can visit the maintenance section on the Kohler site.
There are many reasons why a kitchen faucet may not function as smoothly as you want it to. However, sometimes the solution may be simple and not warranty calling in a professional to help. It is always better to ask an Expert for help rather than trying to figure out the solution by yourself!