How to Fix a Kitchen Faucet
How to Fix a Kitchen Faucet
Having a faulty or leaky faucet is something that nobody wants to experience. A dripping faucet increases your water bill and makes your sink to be messy. So, you have to repair it quickly to avoid having high water bill. But hiring a professional to repair your faucet will result in unwanted expense. You can do it by yourself to avoid any unwanted expenses. If you have not repaired a faulty faucet before, there is no need worry about. Repairing a faulty faucet can be very simple. With the tips given below, you will be able to repair a kitchen faucet.
Get the required materials and tools:
To repair a kitchen faucet, you will require the following materials:
- packing grease
- faucet repair kit
- hot/cold water diverter
- The tools required are
- Allen wrench
- flat-head screwdriver
- Philips-head screwdriver
- slip-joint pliers
- needlenose pliers
However, some types of faucet may require additional tools. But the above mentioned tools are what most kitchen faucet repairs will require. Check the user manual of your kitchen unit to see if additional tools will be required.
You need to find out the spot where the water is dripping from. This is because the repair will depend to a greater extent on where the leak occurs. When you have discovered where the leak is coming from, you should turn off the water supply from the tap under the sink or outside. Relieve the water pressure by opening the faucet in the centre position. Make sure that the water supply is turned off. You should be careful not to lose any small parts down the drain. You can avoid that by covering the sink drain holes with rags or strainer baskets.
As you are removing the parts, take note of the order and orientation of the parts so that you will not get confused when you will be putting them back. You can take videos of the steps you followed to remove the parts if you think you won’t be able to remember the order. You can get different small bowls to put the parts in the order you removed them. Examine the inside of the valve when you have removed all parts in order to see if there are mineral deposits or deteriorated gaskets. Clean the surface using a fine nylon abrasive pad or a cloth. Soak the valve in vinegar in order to loosen the mineral deposits.
Plug of debris that slows down the flow of water. Use a penknife or screwdriver to remove any mineral deposits or debris from the inside of the valve. Turn on the tap to flush loosed debris. If there is any worn or damage parts, get a new one to replace it.
Replace the parts of the faucet in the order you followed when you were removing it. Turn on the tap to allow water to flow freely. In this way, you will be able to get rid of air from the pipes. If the water is not gushing out properly from the faucet, the aerator of the faucet may be plugged. Unscrew and clean the aerator. Put the aerator back
If you follow the above tips carefully, you will be able to repair a kitchen faucet.
Note that if you are replacing any worn out part, it is important that you purchase the right replacement parts. You can take the old parts to a local shop and show it to the shop attendant so that he or she will give you the exact replacement part. If you are ordering from the internet, you should take note of the brand name and model of the faucet you are using. However, if it happens that the faucet has damaged beyond repair, you have to order for a new one. Check our faucet shopping guide. You will find useful tips there.