How to repair a kitchen faucet

Step-by-steps advices on how to repair kitchen faucets yourself.

Tools and materials

  • slip-joint pliers
  • flat-head screwdriver
  • Allen wrench
  • needlenose pliers
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • faucet repair kit
  • plumber’s grease
  • faucet repair kit
  • hot/cold water diverter
  • packing grease

Step 1: Turn off the water and remove the handle

  • Turn off the water at the valves under the sink, and turn on the faucet to allow the water to drain.
  • Make sure the drains are plugged to prevent small parts from falling in.
  • Use an Allen wrench to loosen the setscrew on the faucet handle, then remove the handle. Line up the faucet parts in the order in which you remove them to help you remember the correct order for reassembly.

Step 2: Remove the bonnet and ball and cam assembly

  • Use slip-joint pliers to remove the chrome bonnet. Wrap masking tape around the teeth of the pliers to avoid damaging the chrome.
  • Remove the ball and cam assembly.

Step 3: Remove the springs

  • Fish out the springs and packing pieces with needlenose pliers.
  • Clean out any sediment or buildup from inside the faucet.

Step 4: Remove the O-rings and diverter

  • Grab the spout with both hands, and work it back and forth to loosen it. Then remove it from the faucet face.
  • Use the spanner to remove the O-rings, and use needlenose pliers to remove the diverter. Clean any sediment or buildup from the faucet face.

Step 5: Reassemble the components

  • Press the new diverter into place, and install the new O-rings.
  • Install the top O-ring first.
  • Coat the O-rings with packing grease.

Step 6: Attache the spout

  • Press the spout back into place. Use both hands, and press firmly.
  • Use the spanner and Allen wrench as a guide to slide the springs and packing pieces into place.

Step 7: Finish the installation

  • Place the faucet ball into its slot.
  • Install the cam and cam packing.
  • Reinstall the chrome bonnet and handle.

Turn on the water and check for leaks.

 

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