Kitchen faucets stopped working

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Old 01-02-05, 10:14 AM
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Angry Kitchen faucets stopped working

After loads of help last night from this site while I installed a new water heater, I am back today because my kitchen faucet quit last night too. Previously - I had been having a lot of noise when I turned on the faucet (both hot and cold) before water would come out. There was a few seconds delay. Today there is no water coming out other than a trickle which stops after a moment or two. I dismantled the faucet and it appears that I need new washers. I am getting some water from the flex line under the sink. Water bubbles up where the faucet handles go (I have them removed right now), but when I put the handles back on - Nothing.) Any ideas? I am not a handyman at all.
 
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Old 01-02-05, 10:20 AM
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Take the supply lines off the the faucet under the sink point them into a bucket, turn each one on and see if you can flush them free of debris, let us know how it goes.
 
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Old 01-02-05, 10:46 AM
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Okay - I have great water pressure from both flex lines under the sink. At first, the hot water side had quite a bit of debris, including a deteriorated washer that was broken apart. Now the water is running good from both lines, although I can still hear some air pocket sounds from the hot water side, which I assume is due to me turning off the water under the sink and then back on again. I think my problem now is going to be from the flex line to the actual faucet. Is it possible that the bad washer under a faucet mechanism could be the culprit?
 
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Old 01-02-05, 10:52 AM
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Take stems out, replace the washers, if they were intact and attached securely then washers will not have caused this, with stems removed, and water off from below, place a towel over the faucet where you now have the stems removed, turn each side on from below, this will flush any possible debris out of the seat area of the faucet, if you get good pressure at this time reassemble and let us know, if after you reassembly and you have determined there is good pressure to the seats but not though the faucet let us know of it.

Are you sure you removed the aerator from the spout and tried to see if it was or was not the problem?
 
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Old 01-02-05, 10:57 AM
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Going to purchase new washers now and then will be back. I didn't turn on the faucets with the aerator off of the spout, however, with the aerator off of the faucet, I was able to blow through the spout with no obstruction at all.
 
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Old 01-02-05, 10:59 AM
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You need to turn on the faucet with aerator off, this will tell you if you have full pressure though out the faucet less aerator, if it has good pressure with aerator off then it will be the aerator causing the problem.
 
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Old 01-02-05, 11:04 AM
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I need to replace a bad washer under one of the handles anyway, so am going to get that on and then will reassemble the faucet without the aerator attached and see what happens. I will let you know if that was the problem.
 
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Old 01-02-05, 11:09 AM
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I'd find out know before you make a trip to a store, save time and gas, this way if it is the aerator, you can replace it at the same time.
 
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Old 01-02-05, 03:15 PM
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Went ahead and bought new washers and an aerator. Came home, replaced all of those and put it back together (remembered the teflon tape) and lo and behold - thanks to DIY forum moderators - I have a working kitchen sink and a working gas water heater. Off to take a shower now! Thanks to all of you.
 
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Old 01-02-05, 03:18 PM
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Isn't it nice when you can sit back and say " I did it Myself"? It's been fun working with you and not that I want you to have any future problems, but we are always here if you do.
 
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