How to Remove a Moen Water Restrictor in the Kitchen

Moen kitchen faucets are equipped with an aerator and water restrictor assembly on the tip. This part conserves water by limiting the flow through the faucet. If you wish to increase the water flow through the Moen or need to remove the restrictor to clean the aerator, cover the end of the faucet with a protective material to prevent scratching. Moen faucets are manufactured in different styles using various metals, which can scratch under force. Removing the water restrictor takes only a few minutes.

Step 1

Wrap rubber bands around the threaded tip of the Moen faucet to protect the finish. Thick rubber bands work best to reduce the risk of scratching.

Step 2

Unscrew the aerator assembly wrapped with rubber bands using the pliers.

Step 3

Pull the rubber washer gently out of the top of the aerator using needle-nose pliers.

Step 4

Remove the round metal plate with a small hole in the center below the rubber washer. This plate is the water restrictor.

Step 5

Press the rubber washer onto the top of the aerator to seat it inside the threads.

Step 6

Screw on the aerator to the Moen by hand until tight, then finish with a one-quarter twist using pliers.