Low water pressure is an annoyance that no one wants to put up with for long. It could indicate a number of problems, from a dirty aerator (which is easy to clean) to a leak in your water pipes.
But today, we would like to address one particular issue that could be at fault. The water pressure regulator is designed to bring the water pressure down to a level that is not too high. But over time, the water pressure regulator can go bad.
Pressure Too Low
The water pressure could be set too low, to begin with. If you’ve only recently moved in and you notice the water pressure is low, this is one of the first things to check.
- The pressure regulator must be set high enough for all of the faucets and appliances in your home.
- You’ll need to loosen the lock nut to turn the adjustment screw, but we recommend leaving this to a professional plumber.
Blocked Pressure Regulator
It’s also possible that the pressure regulator has become blocked.
- This may be due to old, rusty pipes; in which case, we definitely recommend calling a plumber.
- It may also be due to hard water that causes minerals to build up in the pipes and on the pressure regulator. They may jam up the device so it cannot do its job, and it could be a relatively easy fix for a plumber. This might explain a sudden drop in pressure.
Of course, like any part of your plumbing system, the regulator will not last forever. If a pressure regulator is failing to do its job, it might need to be replaced, which is often more cost-effective than attempting a repair. To find out for sure, call a local plumber with the right experience and training for the job.
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