Have you recently installed a new kitchen faucet? If that is the case, it’s advisable to learn some of the common problems you are likely to encounter as well as viable solutions for these issues. You might argue that you just need to call a plumber whenever an issue arises and they will take care of the problem. However, you might not find a reliable plumber in good time. When that happens, your entire kitchen will be stinking with unwashed dishes or water will be overflowing everywhere. It’s therefore important to understand to gather as much information as possible about the common problems you are likely to encounter. With that said, here are some frequent kitchen faucet issues that many people complain about.
One of the most common that people complain about is the issue of water dripping from sink or faucet. Apart from being irritating, that sound of water drops hitting the floor will also lead to a lot of wastage. The good news is that you don’t have to replace a kitchen faucet due to water leakage. You just need the right replacement parts for your faucet and some few tools. In most situations, leaking water is due to a faucet part or screw that was not properly tightened or fixed. Therefore, you just need to tighten the bolts and nuts while ensuring that all parts are fixed properly. In some situations, water may be leaking due to worn out O-rings or seals. If this is the case, you will be required to replace the damaged parts with new ones. You can easily replace these parts without calling a plumber.
Low Water Pressure
Another frequent problem facing water faucets is the issue of low pressure. If water flowing from the faucet is coming out in a thin line instead of the constant and adequate flow that you are used to, then you are facing low pressure. Luckily, you can also fix this problem as long as you have the right tools for the job. Low water pressure is mainly due to the buildup of mineral deposits or debris on the main water pipe. Therefore, to solve the problem, you just need to clean the limescale buildup and the debris to ensure adequate water pressure. First, remove the faucet as well as its aerator and then clean the parts using vinegar. With this cleaning process, you will remove the sediments and restore proper water pressure. However, if the issue persists, the problem might be in the main water pipe and you should call a professional plumber.
Even the best kitchen faucets tend to age over time. In the event that it happens, some internal components may begin to corrode. Water filled with rust sediments is not good for your health. Rust will also reduce the performance of your faucet. Rust may also form on the outside. It usually happens due exposure of the metal to oxygen and moisture for long periods. If your kitchen faucet is corroded, you definitely have to replace it with a new one. You can call a plumber or replace it on your own if you have the skills and the tools for the job.
What makes a great kitchen faucet is the ability to withstand wear problems. However, after an extended use, the sprayer or the lever may become worn out, especially if you had installed a cheap kitchen faucet. When this happens, the parts may become hard to use or manipulate. In such a situation, it’s always advisable to call a plumber, who will repair the worn out parts. The good news is that you don’t have to purchase new parts to deal with wear problems.
Most faucet problems occur due to poor installation. As much as you can accomplish most of these projects on your own, it’s always advisable to take your time to read and understand the installation instructions. However, if you just remove the faucet from the packaging and start the installation process right away, you might easily miss something, install it wrong, or even lose a piece. In the end, the improper installation will cause huge problems down the road such as corroded parts, low water pressure or leaks. If you are not fully sure of how to install a faucet, just let the professionals handle the job.
Improper Water Heating
If you chose to replace your kitchen faucet, it’s also advisable to change your heater at the same time. If the water coming from the faucet is not properly heated, the problem could be emanating from the thermocouple, the water heater, or the control valve. Therefore, change the affected parts accordingly.
Pull-out faucet are usually affected by these issues when the handle gets tangled with the hose due to temperature issues. It will therefore require some time to untangle them. However, this should not worry you since it will not damage your faucet in any way. When the temperature normalizes, the hose will resume its normal condition without the need for repairs.
As you can see, most of the common problems facing kitchen faucets are easy to solve on your own. Sometimes, you will just require a few tools and you can sort the issue within a few minutes. However, if you feel something is beyond your scope, always call professionals to handle the job.