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    Default Water heater replaced, now super low pressure on kitchen faucet. Help!

    Our 15-year-old 50 gallon gas water heater was recently replaced because of leaking. Now there is barely any pressure from the kitchen faucet. We called the the water heater replacement company (water heaters are all they do) to come back because of this problem and because the faucets with recirculating hot water took forever to get hot. He said the recirculating hot water was turned off and he turned it back on. He cleaned the faucet filter; no change in pressure.

    As for the kitchen faucet pressure problem, he said that nothing he did in the heater replacement would affect the pressure. My question is: is this true? Directly after he left, the kitchen faucet pressure changed to a trickle and it takes forever to get hot.(The kitchen faucet is not connected to recirculating heater--it takes longer to get hot normally, but now we can run (or trickle) the faucet for four minutes ans it still isn't hot.)

    Since I don't know which factors are significant, I'll throw them all in:
    1) we live at the top of a steep hill. Water pressure is never great, but it's ok.
    2) the bottom story contains the bedrooms and the water heater.
    3) top story has the kitchen. The kitchen pressure has always been lower, but still ok.
    4) We have recirculating heater that goes to the downstairs faucets, but not the upstairs kitchen.


    Sure hope you guys can guide me on this.
    Last edited by KarenS; 06-30-2012 at 11:15 AM. Reason: Typo

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    It's likely the screen in the kitchen faucet is clogged. Often when plumbing is disturbed, debris will get into the pipe and clog the faucet screen. It would be a good idea to check the screens in the bathroom(s) while you're at it. Actually, your problem is not lack of pressure, but lack of flow. Nit picking the terms perhaps, but there is a difference.

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    You're welcome. Sure glad I could help! Guess you didn't have much of a problem after all.

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    you need them to come back out and BACK FLUSH the kitchen hot water line
    back to the water heater... they just have to blow the debris back into the
    water heater that is lodjed up in the hot water line.....

    very simple and easy to do if the know what they are doing

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