Published on December 18th, 2014 | by Peter Young


How To Install a High Efficiency Cache Aerator

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A great way to ensure that your home is using both water and energy efficiently is by installing a high efficiency faucet aerator in both your kitchen and bathroom faucets. However, not all kitchen and bathroom faucets will be the same. In some cases the aerator will be embedded into the fixture itself (like the one featured in the video below), these are known as cache aerators and in other cases you’ll have to remove the aerators housing from the faucet completely in order to gain access to aerator itself. If your faucet is the latter, be sure to check out this article on how to install a faucet aerator. If yours is the former (a cache aerator), just follow these steps:

Things you’ll need for the job:

  • High Efficiency Cache Aerator
  • Cache Aerator Wrench
  • A Rag (potentially)
  • White Vinegar (potentially)

How to install a high efficiency cache aerator

Before continuing with your installation, be sure to check out the following video:

 1. Remove the old cache aerator. Take the appropriate aerator wrench and line it up with the grooves for the cache aerator in your faucet. Gently push the wrench into the aerators grooves and turn the wrench counter-clockwise (to the left) to loosen the aerator. You should feel the aerator insert start to loosen. Keep rotating the wrench counter-clockwise until the aerator comes free from the faucet.

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Having trouble removing the aerator using the wrench? It could be that debris behind the aerator has caked it into place. Simply take a spare rag, soak it in white vinegar and rubber band it around tip of the faucet. Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes before coming back to it. By that point the vinegar should have helped to loosen the debris from around the aerator.

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2. Insert the new high efficiency cache aerator. Take your new, high efficiency aerator, line it up with the faucet and gently push the aerator into the fixture using the aerator wrench. Now, gently turn the wrench clockwise (to the right) until you feel the aerator snug into place.

3. Test your faucet to ensure it’s working properly. Now that you’ve installed your new high efficiency faucet aerator all that’s left is to test it out. Simply turn on the water and make sure that your faucet is working properly. If water isn’t flowing properly it’s likely that the new aerator isn’t aligned correctly. Simply remove the aerator and try re-installing it. There could be debris logged into the grooves of the faucet, if so, take a rag and remove the debris before attempting to re-install the aerator.

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If you’re looking for more ways to make your home both water and energy efficient, be sure to check out our green home improvement projects: Green Living Ideas, after all, is a top 20 home improvement website!

Photos courtesy of Conservation Warehouse, Delta Faucet and Pono Home.

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About the Author

graduated from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) with a degree in journalism and has made sustainability and eco-conscious living mainstays of both his professional and personal life. It was during his time at PLU that he began his journey with sustainability and it's what has led him to writing for Green Living Ideas. He currently resides in Honolulu and works for Pono Home, an energy efficiency company focused on reducing carbon emissions and promoting a healthier, greener lifestyle.

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