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Old 07-31-2019, 11:32 AM   #1
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Kitchen Faucet Clog/Removal

I have a 2014 DS30 FR3, and on our last trip, the cold water side of the kitchen faucet turned to a slow trickle. The hot water was fine. I took off the aerator to check for debris, all clear. I then took off the cold water supply and turned on the pump and it seems like there's a good flow on the water supply, which makes me think it may be the faucet itself. I took the faucet apart (from the top side) and tried clean all the holes to see if there was a clog, and with it apart, turned on the pump and could see the cold water slowly coming out.

I'm thinking of changing out the faucet, but I'm finding it difficult to reach the hot water supply to remove the old on, and the hot water supply seems to be screwed on too tight to hand turn it. I can't get a wrench/pliers in the small area to try and remove it that way.

I'm looking for suggestions on where the clog might be? And has anyone changed out their kitchen faucet on their FR3, and if so, what brand did you go with and can you provide any tips on the removal of the faucet.

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Old 07-31-2019, 12:02 PM   #2
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I would remove the cold water handle on the faucet (if you can) and remove the valve/cartridge under it to see if it's fouled.
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Old 07-31-2019, 03:17 PM   #3
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I would remove the cold water handle on the faucet (if you can) and remove the valve/cartridge under it to see if it's fouled.
Thanks for the suggestion. In fact, I tried that and couldn't find anything. If it's clogged in the valve I don't see how I could get to it, other than removing the entire faucet, which I'm already having problems doing. But thanks again
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Thanks for the suggestion. In fact, I tried that and couldn't find anything. If it's clogged in the valve I don't see how I could get to it, other than removing the entire faucet, which I'm already having problems doing. But thanks again
Id do some more troubleshooting, doubtful the fixture itself is bad, would suspect a chunk of foreign matter got through, plastic shavings, etc. Might be further upstream than the fixture itself.
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The clog is most likely in the body of the cartridge. You'll have to pull the seals out of the cartridge to see the small ports which is likely where the debris is.
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The clog is most likely in the body of the cartridge. You'll have to pull the seals out of the cartridge to see the small ports which is likely where the debris is.


Yes, this ^^^^^
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I have a 2014 DS30 FR3, and on our last trip, the cold water side of the kitchen faucet turned to a slow trickle. The hot water was fine. I took off the aerator to check for debris, all clear. I then took off the cold water supply and turned on the pump and it seems like there's a good flow on the water supply, which makes me think it may be the faucet itself. I took the faucet apart (from the top side) and tried clean all the holes to see if there was a clog, and with it apart, turned on the pump and could see the cold water slowly coming out.

I'm thinking of changing out the faucet, but I'm finding it difficult to reach the hot water supply to remove the old on, and the hot water supply seems to be screwed on too tight to hand turn it. I can't get a wrench/pliers in the small area to try and remove it that way.

I'm looking for suggestions on where the clog might be? And has anyone changed out their kitchen faucet on their FR3, and if so, what brand did you go with and can you provide any tips on the removal of the faucet.

Thanks for any replies.
See my post: FR3>FR3 Pictures of Mods[425]Kitchen & Bathroom faucets

I purchased the faucets at Costco.

I used two Lowes: Keeney Brass 1/2-in PEX Barb x 3/8-in Compression Quarter Turn Straight Valve for each faucet. I already had a pex tool kit. But there is a shark-bite version.
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I'm thinking of changing out the faucet, but I'm finding it difficult to reach the hot water supply to remove the old on, and the hot water supply seems to be screwed on too tight to hand turn it. I can't get a wrench/pliers in the small area to try and remove it that way.

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Old 08-02-2019, 03:29 PM   #9
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See my post: FR3>FR3 Pictures of Mods[425]Kitchen & Bathroom faucets

I purchased the faucets at Costco.

I used two Lowes: Keeney Brass 1/2-in PEX Barb x 3/8-in Compression Quarter Turn Straight Valve for each faucet. I already had a pex tool kit. But there is a shark-bite version.
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Thanks, I'll check it out. How much trouble did you have getting the old kitchen faucet off
Answer: Easy. After removing Pex connection, there is any other nut holding the faucet on. I shortened the Pex pipe & installed the new Keeney Brass 1/2-in PEX Barb x 3/8-in Compression Quarter Turn Straight Valve.
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This is where I always start with the problem you have:

I disconnect the cold side of the faucet under the sink, then I do whatever I can figure out to plug the spout/aerator/spray hose, then I turn the faucet on ó both hot and cold. This directs water through the faucet from the hot side and out of the cold side under the sink into whatever you placed under there to catch the water and whatever debris is clogging the cold side.

Itís easy and it will probably work for you.

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