Repairing a Leaky Kitchen Faucet

Repairing a leaky kitchen faucet always starts with turning off the water under the sink. We want to rebuild this control unit, but before we do anything, We need to put a rag right there so the parts don’t go down the drain. Let’s start by taking off the index. It’s usually red and blue and it covers up a little set screw underneath. And I want to pry that out. Now, underneath it, there is an allen screw right here which holds the handle on now in the kit, there’s a special tool that has an allen wrench on this end. So I loosen that. The handle comes off.

You will usually see a ball assembly right here. And this tool also has a spanner wrench that allow me to loosen some of the tension. And once I do, I should be able to back this top cap assembly off. OK, so now I’m going to remove the entire ball. And the water that’s in the spout will have will settle down. Thank goodness I have that right there. Perfect planning. All right, so let’s pull this up and we see the heart of the fosset is this this ball now the ball sits down against the seats at the bottom.

See the two black things? The one on the left is hot. The one on the right is called. And it’s full of water pressure coming up there. Now in the handle is full forward. This ball seals against those rubber seats in the waters off. But now if we pull the handle back, look what happens. The two openings line up with the two seats at the bottom. So hot and cold mix come out through here and goes out through the spout and we now go to the left. We’ll just get hot, go to the right. We just get cold of this is stainless steel. This generally is not a part that wears out.

And it looks pretty good. The part that usually wears right down here, the seats. Let me just pull them out and see how they are. So you have to make sure it’s absolutely tight. So that was bad. Let’s see what the other one looks like. That one’s pretty one, too. All right, so here’s our two worn seats right here. Here’s the two new ones. There’s also a couple of springs, and these springs are really important. The springs sit underneath the seats and they’re going to provide the correct tension. So you have a nice tight seal against the full city water pressure that’s coming through that seat.

They see if that was all frayed like yours was. That’s why you get the leak through the spot right now. The best tool for getting the seat and spraying into the faucet itself is a number two pencil, and that’ll help me guide it right down into place. All right, so our seats are in place now, we need to install the ball you see on the side of the ball there’s a little keyway and look inside the fuzzy little tab on the side. I see that that actually lines up right here. And that will make sure the ball is oriented correctly in relation to those hot and cold seats. Now, we want to make sure we also don’t have any water coming up through the faucet. You need to learn this if you want to plumb a drain on your own.

So out of the kid, I have a new cam assembly that has a gasket right here that goes over the top of that ball and also this cam cap right here. Now, you’ll notice here there’s a keyway you see in the side right here. There’s another little keyway. And that goes in, so once that’s in place, look what it does, it actually limits how far that can travel. So the handle can be off hot, cold or off nice.

All right. So now that is essentially done. Now we just have to put the chrome cap assembly over the top. And as I do, it’ll help tension that gasket onto the top of that ball. Perfect. I’d like to go hand tight, as tight as I can and not use pliers to scratch it up. So good. So now I’m going to turn the water back on. OK.

Using the same tool that came in the kit, I can actually adjust the amount of tension that’s on the handle. You can see right here there’s a couple of notches and this is the gland, not that I can tighten up, turn it clockwise, and that’ll provide more tension down against the ball. You want it to have a little bit of tension, don’t want it to be sloppy.

Now, with that one that’s holding, we just have to reverse the procedure, put the handle back on. The allen screw. Pop in the index. Give it a try. All right, let’s see what happens. I hope it works the way it should be. You did it. You fixed one little drip. The key to this repair is finding just the right parts for exactly the force that you have. Is that easy to do?

And even though they have a ton of different styles of faucett, the basic part inside the chest, the water on and off is the same across the line. So this is the same manufacturer. This is one of the most popular forces in the history of American plumbing.

Millions and millions of these. And if you look underneath here, what do you see? Well, this was it doesn’t look anything like her. So. But you’re telling me that inside. Oh, yeah. There’s the same ball. There’s a seats and springs.

So if you’ve got this box, you’re in pretty good shape and you can keep rebuilding that fast and keep it alive for a long time.

But those are where parts wear out over time, those rubber seats down on the bottom. This is the same manufacturer and now they’re moving into a new technology called ceramic disc. So if I look underneath here, what do you not see? I don’t see that stainless steel ball. No more ball.

Now it’s a cartridge. And what’s inside the cartridge is really cool. You can see right here there are two pieces of ceramic right here, and they are milled together so beautifully that they almost stick and stay attracted to each other. So now do you remember inside that ball we had the hot and the cold holes right there and it would mix into the faucet right here. So if I look underneath now with the faucet handle shut, you see how those holes are blocked off?

No water. Now, when I move the handle both a little bit, both come in when I go to one side, go to the other side. And this just moves back and forth, back and forth. And so what’s the idea that the ceramic is not going to leak? It’s going to hold up a lot longer than the rubber gas?

That’s right. Actually, the more you use this, the more it actually hones the services. It makes a nice tight seal. So no rubber gaskets in this cartridge that could ever fail. Well, the only rubber is actually at the bottom of this gasket. It’s going to sit down at the bottom, but it doesn’t move. It’s just going to sit in one place so it shouldn’t wear out. And the more you use this, the more or less it should last a long time.

So hopefully no leaks. But if you do have a leak, can you still go buy one of those boxes of all the different parts? You wouldn’t need a lot of little parts. Now you just go out and get this whole cartridge, turn the water off polio when out, put the new one in. Beautiful, great fix. So really, three thousand gallons of water from that one little one second at a time. Everything seems simple enough. But it’s understandable if you are not always able to fix a leaking faucet. Sometimes you need to call in the professionals, in which case Palm Desert Plumbers is always the best choice.