Things You Will Need
- Painter's tape
- Slip-joint pliers
Modern kitchen faucets consist of a flow restrictor that limits the amount of water used by the faucet. In many countries around the world, including the United States, lower flow rates are mandated by law.
A flow restrictor in a kitchen faucet is a simple device constructed of a round plastic disc with small holes that allow the water to pass through at a lower rate. From time to time the disc may become clogged with mineral deposits and other debris, so you'll need to remove and clean it.
- Examine the end of the kitchen faucet spout. If you see a disc consisting of small holes, you have located the restrictor. If you don't see the disc, then the restrictor is part of the aerator that must be removed.
- Cover the jaws of slip-joint pliers with painter's tape to protect the finish on the aerator.
- Grab the aerator with the pliers and turn counterclockwise until it's loose enough to remove completely by hand. Grasp only the aerator, not the faucet spout, with the pliers.
- Pull apart the pieces of the aerator and lay them out on the countertop. The flow restrictor disc should be between a rubber washer and the screen.