How to install a faucet aerator
Installing faucet aerators on bathroom, kitchen and laundry faucets can cut their water use by 30 percent without compromising water flow.
- Turn off the water supply to the faucet.
- Unscrew your current aerator by turning it counter-clockwise. If you need to use a wrench, make sure to protect your faucet with tape or a rag so it doesn’t get scratched.
If your old faucet aerator does not unscrew, consider investing in a new faucet, especially if your current one uses more than 2.5 gpm. You will soon make up the cost of the new faucet with savings on your water bill.
- Take the aerator to the store to make sure you get one that will fit your faucet. For bathroom faucets, choose a 1.5 or 1.0 gallon per minute (gpm) aerator. In the kitchen, where you fill pots with water, a 2 gpm aerator will be more effective.
- Twist the aerator clockwise into place. Avoid using a wrench that could scratch the new aerator and faucet.