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Every time i use my kitchen sprayer I completely lose water pressure (hot& cold) in the sink for a couple of days. This time I lost pressure all together(3 weeks).The sprayer never worked. I have seperate hot cold knobs. How can I take the sprayer out for good? assuming this is the problem.


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Check the diverter in the sprayer


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The problem is in the faucet diverter. Aptly named because it diverts the water pressure from the spout to the sprayer. This is a common problem, and in most cases, a relatively easy fix. The diverter is either broken or sticking in the open position. Depending on the brand of faucet, you can purchase replacement/repair parts at your local home improvement store. If you are the least bit mechanically inclined, you can find repair instructions online from the faucet manufacturer's website or a DIY site.

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Sorry to say, you will need to replace that faucet, and also when you are shopping for a replacement, inquire about a rosette to cover the hole left by the voided sprayer.
Good luck... 

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