Question about new AO Smith Gas Hot Water Heater

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Hi everyone, quick question.

I installed my new AO Smith Gas Water Heater and it comes with these blue heat trap/nipples on both the hot and cold side. Since i installed the new tank, my water pressure has almost been cut in half. Could i simply removing the plastic blue things by just yanking them out with some plyers to help with my water pressure? I really dont care about whatever purpose they serve. Looking for advice on how to remove them. Thank you!
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