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Faucet Aerators

About Aerators

Faucet aerators combine water with air to reduce splash in the stream and deliver a more manageable, efficient flow of water. This is why aerators are such an important part of in both bathroom faucets andkitchen faucets.

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What Is a Faucet Aerator?

If you ever take a look inside the tip of your faucet, you’ll notice a small part that consists of housing, an insert, and a rubber washer. This part, known as an aerator, separates the flow of water as it leaves your faucet, allowing air to fill the spaces between water molecules and resulting in the creation of a no-splash stream of water.

Aerators are an essential part of modern faucets and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a faucet that doesn’t have one (though you may find specialized bathroom faucets that work without the help of an aerator). There are many advantages to having an aerator on your tap, including preventing splashing, helping shape the stream of water coming from the faucet spout, helping conserve water and reduce energy costs, and reducing faucet noise. Additionally, some homes use aerators to mask low water pressure. They are able to do this because an aerator divides a stream of water into many tiny streams, introducing air into the water flow. Because this reduces the space for the water to flow through, the water flow is condensed but the pressure remains the same. This gives the tap the appearance of an increase in water pressure.

Aerators are inexpensive and easy to install and maintain, which is why many homes use them to their advantage. With the help of an aerator, average estimates are you can save 280 gallons of water every month! Additionally, using less water means you’ll be using less gas to heat your water, resulting in savings to your heating bill as well.

Choosing an Aerator

Not all aerators have the same flow rates. Aerators come in different GPM (gallons per minute) flow rates, so keep this detail in mind as you’re shopping around. For instance, if your faucet rate is currently 2.5 GPM, purchasing an aerator that is 0.5 GPM will reduce the flow to 0.5 GPM. While this will save you money on water and heating costs, it will also take you a long time to fill your sink or pots and pans.

Similarly, some aerators may come with flow restrictors. This is the same as having a temporary “off” switch on your aerator. These come in handy if you’re doing a task that involves constantly opening and closing your tap, such as washing dishes. One of the biggest nuisances when washing dishes is that you lose the perfect temperature every time you open and close your tap. With help from a restrictor, you can turn the water off at the nozzle, keeping the perfect temperature unchanged. When you’re ready, another quick flip will start water flowing again at the exact temperature you want. In this way, you also waste less water by trying to get the perfect temperature back again.

Common Aerator Troubleshooting Problems

The biggest problem you can have with an aerator is that of a clogged aerator. You may have seen it before—an angry faucet spitting water out every time it’s opened. This common problem can be easily fixed in under 5 minutes, and all you really need is a pair of pliers.

  • Unclogging an Aerator – To do this, unscrew the aerator from the body of the faucet using a pair of pliers. Try and have a thin cloth wrapped around the aerator or electrical tape wrapped around the pliers to prevent scratching. Once the aerator is off, inspect it. If it’s corroded or worn, or if you notice the buildup is beyond fixing, replace it. If that’s not the problem, simply rinse off the screen and reinstall it. If the problem persists, try repairing your aerator by disassembling it (you made need a small knife to pry the components apart) and soaking the parts in a solution of vinegar overnight. Scrub the parts (paying special attention to the screen) with an old toothbrush, rinse them off, put them back together and your aerator should be working again.

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How to Remove and Clean a Faucet Aerator


  • Penetrating oil (if needed)
  • Lime-dissolving solution (if needed)
  1. Attempt to Remove by Hand

    Start by trying to unscrew the aerator from the spout by hand. Most faucet aerators have been threaded on by hand, and often you can unscrew it the same way. Make sure to dry off both the faucet and your hands first in order to get a good grip. 

  2. Use Pliers

    If removing by hand does not work, the next step is to try pliers. If the aerator is in good condition and you want to reuse it, wrap a rag or masking tape around the aerator to protect the metal surface against scratches before gripping it with the pliers. A small pair of channel-type pliers works best for this. 

    Grip the aerator between the jaws of the pliers, taking care to keep the jaws only on the aerator, not the faucet spout. Turn the aerator counter-clockwise (as viewed upward from below the spout) to unscrew it from the spout. If this does not work, try moving the pliers a quarter-turn around the aerator, and try unscrewing the aerator from the new position. (Moving to different positions can gradually loosen a stubborn aerator.) Take care not to grip the aerator too tightly, because the metal is soft and will bend easily, making your job even harder.


    Aerators are sometimes thought to be "reverse-threaded," but in reality, it's just your perspective. When viewed from underneath the faucet, where the aerator is screwed in, the threading is normal (i.e., "righty-tighty, lefty-loosey." It's only when viewed from above that the threading appears to be reversed.

  3. Heat the Aerator

    When even the pliers don't easily remove the aerator, you can try applying gentle heat using a hairdryer, which may slightly expand the metal and make it possible to loosen it with pliers. Even a lit match held near the aerator may loosen the metal. Apply heat in moderation, though, as it is easy to melt any plastic parts or rubber washers if the aerator is overheated.

    Cheaper faucets may actually use a plastic screw-on aerator—never use heat on plastic parts.

  4. Apply Penetrating Oil

    If heat also fails, try spraying penetrating oil (such as WD-40 or a similar product) on the threads and let it sit for a few minutes before trying again with pliers. Wipe off oil from the surface of the aerator before trying to unscrew it because oil makes the metal slippery.

  5. Clean the Aerator

    Once the aerator is removed, separate the parts and note their arrangement. There can be a surprising number of small parts within the aerator, and they must go back together in the same fashion in order to function correctly.

    Use a small stiff brush to clean away any grit or mineral deposits from the screen and other parts of the aerator assembly. If there is a substantial amount of mineral buildup, soak the parts overnight in a lime-dissolving solution, such as Lime-Away.

  6. Replace the Aerator if Necessary

    If the metal screen or other parts are rusted or otherwise damaged, it is usually easiest just to buy a replacement aerator assembly. A variety of aerator heads are available, including swivel-head types that improve the functionality of the faucet.

  7. Reassemble the Faucet

    Reassemble the aerator, orienting the parts in the same way you found them when you removed it, and then screw it onto the faucet spout. Hand-tightening is usually sufficient, but if you notice leaking around the aerator threads when you test the faucet, tighten the aerator slightly more, using channel-type pliers.

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Cache Aerators, Recessed Aerators OR Hidden Faucet Aerators FAQS

What is a Cache® or Recessed faucet aerator?

How to remove a Recessed or Cache aerator?

Cache / Hidden / Recessed Aerator Sizes

Special consideration for Moen and Delta faucet aerators.

What is a Cache® or Recessed faucet aerator?

Cache® or otherwise known as recessed faucet aerators thread directly (and disappear) into the faucet spout, making it vandal proof by design. They are also called recessed faucet aerators or hidden faucet aerators.


How to remove a Recessed or Cache Aerator?

To remove a Recessed Cache Aerator, you will need a special key which you should have received with the faucet. Many people loose the recessed aerator key and finding a replacement can be a challenge. We always to suggest to check with OEM first, but if you've lost the recessed aerator key, you may find this complete set of cache aerator removal keyshelpful.


Cache / Hidden / Recessed Aerator Sizes

There are four different sizes of Cache® aerators. By using a quarter, nickel, penny and dime; you can easily identify the size of a cache aerator. All Cache® aerators are metric size.

The Standard size, which is a M24 x 1, is the size of a quarter. Click to find Cache Std Size Aerators.

The Junior size, which is a M21.5 x 1, is the size of a nickel. Click to find Cache Junior Size Aerators.

The Tiny Junior or TJ size, which is a M18.5 x 1, is the size of a penny. Click to find Cache Tiny Junior Aerators.

The Tom Thumb or TT size, which is a M16.5 x 1 is the size of a dime. Click to find Cache Tom Thumb Aerators.


Special consideration for Moen and Delta faucet aerators.

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