How To Troubleshoot A Leaky Kitchen Faucet?

A lot of people thinks that troubleshooting a leaky kitchen faucet is a hard task. It can be true if you make it hard enough. You can fix a little leak by yourself. But if you don’t feel comfortable enough to do the task yourself then call in a professional. But if you are willing to do it yourself, welcome. 


Turn off the water valve:

Before you start working make sure to turn off the main water valve. We are going to open the faucet handle that’s why need to turn off the water valve. 

After turning off the water valve, turn on the faucet for a minute and let it drain the remaining water inside the pipe.


Remove the decorative cap:

There should be one decorative cap hiding the screw that connects the handle to the faucet stem. You can use a flathead screwdriver to remove the decorative cap. After removing it you will find a nut. It may be a typical flat head screw or a little unconventional. But it won’t be anything that is impossible to remove. Sure the grip will be tight as you don’t open that every day. You can use a lubricant to loosen it up so you can open it faster.


Remove the screw:

Remove the screw that is keeping the handle attached to the faucet stem. The handle will come off easily. Keep the screw and the handle in a safe place.


Remove the faucet stem:

It should have a clip keeping it in place so that you don’t move it unintentionally. You need to use plyers and take out that clip. After that, you can unscrew the stem. 


O-ring sealing:

No matter what type of faucet you have it will have one or more O-ring seals. Most of the time leak occurs because the O-ring seals get broken and the inside of the faucet starts acting weird. Even if this is not the case, you should change the O-ring seal every time you open the faucet. My reasoning behind that is, O-ring seal is cheap. It’s made out of rubber and rubber can easily be scratched and that will cause a malfunction. That’s why it’s better to be safe.


Depending on your faucet change cartridge or rotary ball:

All of you that are here won’t have the same faucet. Some may have rotary ball faucet and some have cartridge faucet. Some may have to pull down faucet. 

Ceramic disc faucet may need a new pair of the ceramic disc. That’s the thing. if you know what type of faucet you own, the job will become ten times easier. All of them will need an O-ring seal nonetheless.


Reassemble the faucet:

You fixed the leak good for you. But you can’t just operate the open faucet now, can you? that’s why you need to reassemble the faucet. Do it in the complete opposite order. 

Remember to not touch the O-ring seal with anything sharp while reassembling the faucet.


There you go, your utility Sink faucet should be free of the leak by now. You can turn on the water valve to test it. If there is still a leak left, then I am afraid something major might be broken. Or you didn’t install them correctly. Both can be true. That’s why you need to check one more time and see if you put everything back on the correct order and the O-ring seal and washers are still intact.


The job can be a little bit of troublesome for newbies. But you can’t learn if you don’t try new things. We hope that your faucet leak is fixed by following this guide.

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