Kitchen faucet won't move

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I have a kitchen faucet that won't move. It's 5 years old and over the last few months it has become more and more difficult to move the faucet back and forth between the double sinks. Now it won't move at all. Any suggestions (I can't afford to buy a new faucet).
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  • Pat Dollar Pat Dollar on Jan 15, 2014
    Walmart has cheap faucets for as little as under $13. They won't last forever of course but can provide a few years of function without breaking the bank.
  • Bonnie D Bonnie D on Jan 15, 2014
    try vinegar. Sounds like mineral build up. Or remember if it moves and shouldn't use duct tape. If it doesn't move and should use WD40!!
  • Gay Storm Gay Storm on Jan 15, 2014
    I'm not sure where to put the vinegar. But I'll try to figure it out. I am out of WD40, but if the vinegar doesn't work, I'll get some. Thanks!
  • Gay Storm Gay Storm on Jan 15, 2014
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.
  • Gay Storm Gay Storm on Jan 15, 2014
    This faucet is a single faucet with a sprayer that pulls out on a metal flexible cable. I don't know the brand - there's no name on it! I will look at Wal-Mart, but even so, we don't know how to install it, and can't afford a plumber, since we are on fixed income (SS). Thanks for the idea, anyway!
  • Pat Dollar Pat Dollar on Jan 16, 2014
    Gay Storm, I hope the vinegar works for you first, but if all fails It is not difficult to replace a faucet. I am 66 year old woman and did it myself. The faucet will come with directions. You can also go to home depot or other hardware store and get instructions from them before making the purchase to be sure you have the right tools to do the job yourself.
  • Cynthia E Cynthia E on Jan 16, 2014
    I am super un-handy when it comes to electrical, plumbing etc. But the faucets do come with instructions and tool list needed and I was able to replace 1 myself. Hopefully the other ways will work and you won't have to replace but if you do have to it is a very easy do it yourself project.
  • Gay Storm Gay Storm on Jan 16, 2014
    So far, the vinegar has done nothing. I'm sure it's some kind of mineral build-up - we have extremely hard water. I will try the WD40 next. Thanks for all suggestions!
  • Cynthia E Cynthia E on Jan 17, 2014
    I went to my Hubby with your problem, He said that most likely the bushing or bearing in the faucet has gone bad (you can try WD40 but if that didn't help need to replace ) . He said you could replace those but it is much harder to replace those than to replace whole faucet (and most time need special tools to get inside faucet to replace). As I said prev. they do have instructions and tools needed (basically a pair of pliers)-- just turn water off, un-hook , un-screw faucet and remove-- hook up new faucet, turn on water and check for leaks (tighten up, or wrap screw threads with plumbers tape/ teflon if leaking and re attach. Takes less than 15 mins. from start to finish. Takes him about 5 mins. took me 15 :)
  • Gay Storm Gay Storm on Jan 17, 2014
    Thanks, @ Cynthia E. I think your husband is right - we have had such bad luck with appliances in this home - garbage disposal is going, faucet in bathroom won't work now, have had to replace 4 door handles...I will look at Wal-mart to see if they have any affordable faucets. I hope I can find one that isn't too much $$$. Thanks for your comment.
  • Cynthia E Cynthia E on Jan 18, 2014
    Walmart, Lowes , Home Depot - they all carry inexpensive faucets -- I would do my search onlineat the stores to get your best prices and product. GL
  • Gay Storm Gay Storm on Jan 18, 2014
    Thank you.
  • Lori Harmon Lori Harmon on Apr 06, 2016
    Not sure why this comes up as a "recent" question but in case anyone searches for this problem: I had this happen to me too. I called the manufacturer and they sent me a brand new faucet free of charge! Once I took the old frozen one out, I found that the hot and cold supply lines were twisted inside the housing of my single handle faucet. So if you have this problem and a less responsive manufacturer, it may be that if you could untwist them without damaging the copper it might fix it so it could be reinstalled.
  • Tonya Tonya on Apr 06, 2016
    I had to his happen to me as well. I called the manufacture and they replaced my faucet as well since it was guaranteed for life ( expensive one). It has been only two years since replacement and this one is doing the same thing. My husband has installed many faucets and this particular one has been a bad experience! Buy a cheap one.