How To Replace Faucet Aerator

How To Replace Faucet Aerator

Is the flow from your faucet trickling out? It’s time to replace your faucet aerator! Aerators are found on the tips of all faucets to help control flow.

Before you buy a new aerator for replacement, find out what type of aerator your faucet uses. There are male aerators (threads on outside of the aerator) and female aerators (threads on the inside of the aerator), as well as different size aerators.

Once you’ve identified and purchased the new aerator, follow these steps for replacement:

  • Step 1 – Turn off the water
  • Step 2 – Remove the current aerator by turning it counter-clockwise with your hands. If you can’t turn by hand, wrap with a cloth and use pliers to remove.  Some even require a special key.
  • Step 3 – Replace with new aerator and screw back into the faucet. You may need to disassemble and reassemble certain parts, such as the washer or screen.

If you continue to experience an issue with your water pressure, please give us a call at (866) 500-7064 or submit a maintenance request to your resident portal. We’re here to help!

Tips for Cleaning Faucet Aerators

Got gunk? Slime, calcium buildup, and other residue can slow the flow of your faucet. Here are some quick tips for cleaning faucet aerators:

  • Toothbrush – Aerators have lots of little crevices. An old toothbrush with some soapy water or all-purpose cleaner is handy for scrubbing and removing any debris stuck within the aerator.
  • Vinegar – Soak aerator parts overnight in 1/3 cup white vinegar to remove hard lime or calcium buildup. You can also take a plastic bag with 1/3 cup vinegar and secure it directly to the faucet with a rubber band, letting it sit there overnight, to clean it without removing any parts.