Question about Faucets

4 Answers

New kitchen faucet ''jerks''

When you turn on the water, it kicks/jerks/sputters about every 15 seconds. We've already ruled out air in the lines. Could a diverter do this? It has nothing to do with the sprayer.

Posted by on

  • tripphenry Feb 01, 2009

    I have the same problem with a brand-new Price Pfister Classic Series faucet (double handle). We just installed yesterday. The sprayer is leaking around the handle constantly, and the spout "jerks" everytime you turn on the water and then about every 15 seconds. If you turn on the hot and cold at the same time, the frequency of the **** increases. If we remove the aerator, the jerking stops while the water is on, but still jerks when you first turn the water on. We are planning to remove the faucet believing it is defective, and take back to Lowe's for a replacement of the same faucet as I presume it is a faucet issue, since we never had a problem with our old faucet.

  • phil_m7 May 11, 2010

    City water or well?? Is this the only faucet in the home doing this??



4 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 2 Answers

It's neither you nor an unusual problem. It's the faucet. We just installed a similar 2 handle $168 Pfister and had numerous similar and other problems. After 2 hours of expletive laden sweat, bruises, and continuous dumbfoundedness over the incredibly poor design of the cheap plastic pipe fittings and the poor english instructions, we turned it on and immediately had many problems.
1. It jerks the pipes every time you turn it on.
2. It sputters with irregular flow.
3. Pressure is 50% of our corroded 18 year old faucet.
4. When you turn it off, it drips for 10 seconds.
5. The flow out the spout is uneven and dribbles.

These problems are from its chinsy fittings and poor piping design.

1. The fittings are unstable plastic snaps held together only by pressure, O-rings, and cotter pins. No screw fittings at all. This is also dangerous since simply pulling the hoses and pipes such as when stuffing things under the sink could break the seals and cause a flood.

2. The flow diverter block that mixes the hot/cold and side feeds the separate sprayer is nothing more than a small block of plastic with very tiny holes infeeding the hot/cold lines and outfeeding the spout and sprayer. In other wrods, a 2 in, 2 out distributor.

3. The hoses that feed the hot/cold to the diverter take their feed from circular collar that seal the water with plastic-on-plastic pressure, held in place by more cotter pins. The holes in these collars that feed the hoses that lead to the diverter block in the center are also very small so they reduce pressure drastically and cause intermittent and sporatic flow.

4. Due to the very tiny holes in the diverter block, the feed collars, and the spray hose at the diverter block, any sediment or minerals in the water will soon render the faucet completely dysfunctional.

5. The design of the unit makes uninstalling very difficult. The sprayer feeder hose, for example, is made to push in without threads or pins so it has to be ripped out. The large thin ring washers with no gripping edges that hold the hot/cold faucet stems were very difficult to tighten and will be twice as hard to remove. The plain old wind nut style nylon washer-nuts used on l\more utilitarian econoical units are far superior. Shame on Pfister.

Answer: Due to all the above, the answer to your problem, unfortuntely, is the same as for us. To wit: There is no solution other than switching to another brand that doesn't place all its design effort in its looks at the expense of proper function. We feel ripped off. There is nothing uglier than a pig with lipstick.

Bottom line: These Pfister units are all show and no go. Return them if possible and choose another brand whose piping is hopefully more evolved and rugged rather than this plastic toy with only good looks.

Posted on Sep 08, 2009

  • stocktonmark
    stocktonmark Mar 05, 2013

    same problems with a price p. the diverter block holes on mine became jammed with a piece of calcium, causing the unit to leak. Cleaned it, reinstalled with no leaks....until i realized the cotter pin had worked itself lose on the cold side fitting. MAJOR WATER.


  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.

    Night Owl:

    An expert who has answered 10 or more questions between 12 midnight and 6am on the same day.

  • Expert
  • 81 Answers

I do apartment make ready, I've to install countless faucets, bathroom and kitchen. Only recently have I had the same problem.

After installing your faucet and you turn the water back on under the sink, did you open the lines completely? In my case it was low flowing water.after completely opened up both lines, worked fine, the stuttering quit.

Start simple,

Posted on Aug 14, 2016

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I just fixed my jerking/kicking/sputtering GROHE faucet by increasing the hot water line's pressure.

The installation video appropriate to my faucet helped me understand its inner workings, and enabled me to diagnose the problem and fix it:

Posted on Jul 21, 2016

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

  • Expert
  • 126 Answers

If it's a single handle Delta faucet with sprayer, the diverter can cause this. It's unusual in a new fixture, but it's possible that some debris may have gotten into it during installation. Disassemble and check. Carefully flush the lines with the valve seats and springs and diverter removed.

Delta also makes parts for Peerless and some import brands.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Water line

As a rule of thumb the water line to the right is the cold water line.

Apr 19, 2014 | Delta B4310LF-SS-SDISP Foundations Core-B...

1 Answer

Brand new faucet thumps when turning on

you have air in line
1. turn off water under sink
2 turn faucet on full
3. turn on valves under sink water will sputter then run solid
Hope this helps mike

Nov 28, 2013 | Globe Union Glacier Bay 8 In Double Handle...

1 Answer

Tuscany kitchen faucet

The hose is always filled with water when not in use. The longer that water remains stagnant in that line, the more it will absorb that smell. Try running the water for 10-15 seconds before filling your glass. If that doesn't solve the problem, purchase a new hose.

Oct 20, 2013 | Faucets

2 Answers

Price Pfister hot water runs slow

Check the supply line and valve to see if any dirt or foreign.matter got into the line or valve when you changed out your faucet. if this is not the problem you may have a faulty faucet. You may be able to back flush the faucet with a garden hose by leaving the hot side open, but you will get wet. If you used Teflon tape on the supply line and it is a compression fitting, some of the tape could be blocking the water. for more info go to

Oct 16, 2012 | Price Pfister Faucets

1 Answer

My Delta Model 174 sputters air when turned on and leaks from the base of the spout. What causes this?

Air is getting into your water line, though I can't imagine how since it's a closed system. The only time this might occur is if the water main was shut off and all the water was drained from the lines. This is only necessary if your doing some plumbing work.

Jan 26, 2010 | Delta Faucet Delta 174-SSWF Waterfall...

1 Answer

How do I fix my kitchen sink faucet?

he steps to replace a faucet are easy and nearly always the same. Here's how it works:
  • Shut off the water supply to the faucet. Usually, there are shut off cocks near the faucet but if not, you may have to shut the water off near your main line.
  • Remove the water feed lines from the faucet. You may wish to tag the hot water line "hot left" to take the guess work out of reconnecting.
  • Remove the faucet hold down washers or spin nuts. These washers are under the counter top. They spin onto two studs that you will see by looking behind the sink from below the faucet. The stud and washer configurations come in different styles and types but they all do the same work of holding the faucet in place. Your job is to get them loosened up so you can remove the old faucet. The distance between those studs is your "center distance" as mentioned earlier.
  • Once you have the faucet loose, it will be much easier to remove a sprayer line if there is one attached.
  • Clean the area once the faucet is removed.
  • Put the new, plastic faucet base plate in position.
  • If there is a sprayer, replace the base for it (included in the kit) and feed the new line down through the sprayer base and back up through the center hole where the faucet will mount. Attach that line to the new faucet.
  • Insert and firmly yet gently tighten the mounting studs into the bottom of the faucet base if they're not already.
  • Insert the faucet into the appropriate location on your sink and install the faucet hold down washers or spin nuts.
  • Reattach your water lines. Begin by lightly cleaning all threads with a soft cloth and then apply Teflon plumber's tape to the male threads of your connections Be careful not to cross thread anything when putting the connections together.
  • Reestablish water pressure and check for leaks. It always helps to have a spotter / helper for this step.
A new kitchen faucet always gives me a special DIY feeling because a new faucet looks good, operates easier and can even save a little water by providing quick, positive shut off. Take your time and survey the entire job before you start. With a little time and patience, you too can have a bright new faucet in your home kitchen.

Jan 02, 2010 | Moen 7840 Camerist Single-Handle Kitchen...

1 Answer

Water delay when turned on-when turn off runs a few seconds

there may be an air lock in your water pipes causing pressure at the end, as daft as it sounds try bleeding your radiaors as that worked for me...hope this helps ;-)

Mar 29, 2009 | Moen 7437 Chateau Single Hole Kitchen...

2 Answers

One handle kitchen faucet leaks

There are "o" rings in the area where it is leaking. You can get them at almost every hardware chain. Clean everything well with scotchbrite ant put silicon grease on before you put it back together.

Feb 21, 2009 | Kohler K-10416-BN Fort½ Single Control...

2 Answers

American Standard kitchen fawcett

It could be air if you recently had the water off at the main and let the pipes drain, but this would go away after a short while. It is most likely either a feed line from the wall to the faucet flexing when the pressure and hitting something under the sink or a water line in the wall that may have not been strapped properly to the stud when installed. They bounce around sometimes if not secured. Hopefully the feed line as the second is a bit more work to correct.

Good Luck

Nov 29, 2008 | Faucets

Not finding what you are looking for?
Faucets Logo

Related Topics:

2,417 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Faucets Experts

john h

Level 3 Expert

7167 Answers


Level 3 Expert

4331 Answers


Level 2 Expert

101 Answers

Are you a Faucet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides