whistling sound in kitchen faucet

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  1. cmwood70

    cmwood70 New Member

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    My kitchen faucet makes a whistling sound when the hot water is on. It did this two years ago and I replaced the faucet and it stopped. Now it is doing it again. I just don't understand...please help.
  2. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    There is probably a restriction of some nature inside the faucet causing the noise.
  3. Jay Mpls

    Jay Mpls Master plumber

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    Well cmwood70 your plumbing is all against you!
    What sort of faucet is it? A simple cartidge replacement may do the trick.
  4. cmwood70

    cmwood70 New Member

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    It is a Price Pfister with built in pull out sprayer. I understand that it may be clogged with something, but it would be odd since it is fairly new and only makes the noise with hot water.
  5. Verdeboy

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    Since this happened to two faucets, you probably have gunk or mineral deposits that create a partial blockage. The faucet needs to be taken apart and flushed thoroughly. I would also flush your hot water line to try to get rid of any future crud.
  6. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    What key? :D
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    noise

    The sound could also come from the shutoff valve under the sink and transmit through the piping.
  8. MaintenanceMan

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    I bought a Price Pfister with pull out sprayer a few years back when I replaced our counter tops and tiled the backsplash. It was whistling the second I started to use it. I put up with it for a few days before I had enough and took things apart to see what was going on. In the hose end, I believe its on the sprayer end but it might of been where it connects to the faucet body, was a little white restrictor (I still have it somewhere) to reduce the flow, conserve water, ect. Popped right out with a pair of needle nose pliers. Whistling stopped. Put it back in, whistling came back. So I took it out because I just couldn't stand the whistling. Pressure out of the faucet was fine so it worked for me.

    Here's a pic. That's the Price Pfister I have.
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    Disclaimer: I'm not advising you to create a higher flow, anti"green", pressure washer here. It's totally your choice to modify your faucet in any way. Just relaying my experience. Had I of still had the box I would of probably just taken it back. I just couldn't stand the maddening high pitched whistle.
  9. Verdeboy

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    MM, it looks like you may have solved this.

    The $64,000 question, however, is whether the original faucet also was a PP w/ pullout sprayer or something similar.
  10. plumberdood

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    Check for kinks in the line. If the sound comes from the removable wand in the facet when you squeeze the trigger then the sound may be cause from a weep in the valve that controls the water flow in the wand. That is a common design flaw.
  11. flabiker56

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    Had the same problem...took the little plastic washer out...noise gone...put it back ...noise back....took it out and left it out didnt notice that much of a difference in flow but the high pitched noise is GONE
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