How to Remove Hidden Aerators in Delta Faucets

A steady drop in water pressure from a single faucet is most likely due to a clogged aerator. The aerator is the portion on the end of the faucet spout. It mixes air with the water to provide a steady flow. It also filters out bits of debris from your main water supply and has a restrictor that helps reduce water consumption. Delta Victorian, Talbott and Pilar series faucets use a hidden aerator. Delta provides a tool for removing hidden aerators in their faucets. There is also an alternative tool if the Delta tool is not available.

Step 1

Place the stopper in the sink or cover the drain with a rag. This will prevent losing any small parts down the drain in case you drop the aerator during removal.

Step 2

Line up the teeth of the Delta aerator tool with the notches on the outside perimeter of the aerator. If you do not have the aerator tool, insert a quarter between two opposing notches on the aerator.

Step 3

Turn the aerator counterclockwise with the aerator tool or quarter. Continue turning until the aerator is free from the Delta faucet.