How to Fix a Dripping Faucet: 4 different ways for the 4 different Faucets
Hello again faithful readers, and welcome once more. On our last post we covered how to repair ceramic disk and ball type faucets, which we hope were useful to you all. We’re back with our second installment on our short how-to in which we shall cover the ifs and buts on learning How To Fix A Dripping Faucet.
Learn How to fix a Dripping Faucet | Compression and Cartridge Faucets
Pry off the decorative cap on the handle, remove the handle screw, tilt the handle back and pull it off. If there’s a threaded retaining clip holding the cartridge in place, use needle-nose pliers to remove it, and then pull the cartridge straight up. Remove the spout and cut off the old O-rings using a utility knife. After coating the new O-rings with nontoxic, heat-proof plumber’s grease, reassemble the unit.
To replace the entire cartridge, match the length of yours to the replacement cartridge length. Also match the stem end where the handle attaches. We are now halfway into finishing this tutorial On How To Fix A Dripping Faucet.
The most common problem with leaky compression faucets are a dire need for new seat washers. Pry off the decorative cap on the handle, remove the handle screw, pull off the handle and use a crescent wrench to unscrew the packing nut. After unscrewing the stem, remove and replace the seat washer held in place by a brass screw. Coat the washers with nontoxic, heat-proof plumber’s grease. Pop the stem out of the packing nut and replace the O-ring, the culprit for leaky handles.
It’s crucial to exactly match the size on your faucet. Coat the new O-ring with the plumber’s grease. Reassemble the faucet and tighten the packing nut. If your faucet continues to leak, the seat may be pitted. Remove the stem and grind smooth the valve seat with a valve-seat dresser.
That’s it! You should be set next time you hear that annoying dripping sound. We hope you found this guide useful, and be sure to share this with your friends and family so they too can learn How to fix a dripping Faucet. Cheers!