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I have a single knob, pull out franke facuetts with very, very low water flow. good pressure to the faucett. about 5 yrs old. has always been low pressure but now is really slow.

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  • hacline Oct 15, 2010

    My pull out end has two aerators-one for a steady stream and one for a sprayer (they are selected by a swing lever on top of the end). I removed both aerators , cleaned and replaced with the same low water flow results. Even with both aerators removed the flow was very weak.

  • hacline Oct 15, 2010

    I don't know if you got my last comments, so I'll try again.

    My pull out kitchen faucet has two aerators, one for regular flow and one for a sprayer. They are selected by an arm on top of the end. I removed both aerators, cleaned and replaced andd still had very low flow. Even with both aerators removed the water flow was very low out either port.

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Over time, water deposits get caught in the faucet where the water comes out. You simply unscrew the tip of the faucet and rinse out the deposits. Then screw the tip back on..

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Have you remove the aerator off the end of the faucet and cleaned it. More than likely it is partially clogged with deposits. It may also have a water saver washer inside the aerator. It will be a white or black washer with a single hole in it. Try removing that to see if it helps the pressure.

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