A leaky sink faucets lead to wastage in terms of water and money as well. Read this post and learn how to do the sink faucet repair job yourself and save some money.
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Sink faucets have vital role to play as they are responsible for dispensing water and thus need to be in working condition, all the time. In case of leaks or noises in these faucets, you need to either repair or replace them. Leaky faucets can become nightmare if you think about cleaning all water spread on the floor and also the amount of water being wasted. The good part is that faucet repair is an easy job and you can do it yourself, following simple instructions given below.
Instructions to Repairing sink Faucets
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- Before beginning the removal and replacement job, ensure the following are in place:
- Stop water supply by closing the tap under the sink.
- Shut the sink drain by placing small piece of cloth on it, so that parts fall down safe.
- Decide place where you can keep parts as and when you remove them.
- To clean its parts, apply white vinegar on them and wipe them with scouring pad.
Determine Your sink Faucet Type
Sink faucets are of four types – cartridge, compression, ball type and ceramic disk. You should be able to classify it under any one of the types mentioned above, to carry on with the repair job with ease. Of all types, compression faucets have rubber washers which secure the valve. Since these washers wear out easily, they need to be replaced. All other types do not have rubber washer, but are likely to develop leaks after being used for while. You will have to either replace the entire assembly or just the O ring in these faucets.
Compression Sink Faucets
A common solution to repair leaking compression sink faucet is replacing the worn out rubber washer. For this, you need to take out the decorative cap on the handle and the handle screw so that the handle comes off easily. With help of wrenches, remove the packing nut. As you spot the rubber washer, take it out and replace it with new one. Apply plumber’s grease (non-toxic) on the washer.
Sometimes you may need to replace the O-ring to stop leakage. As O-rings are available in variety of sizes with minor variations, it is essential you buy the one which exactly matches yours. Pull out the O-ring and replace it with new one. Coat it with plumber’s grease before fixing it back.
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Ball-Type Sink Faucets
These faucets are more complicated as they comprise numerous parts, therefore making it difficult to exactly point out the cause of leakage. The best option for you is to replace every part. Remove the handle by unscrewing the connected set screw. With the help of pliers, take out the collar and cap. In the replacement kit you purchased, there will be specific tool to remove the faucet cam. Use it and pull out the rotating ball and cam washer. Also, remove the O-ring, springs and inlet seals.
Follow instructions which you must have got along with the replacement kit and fix the new sink faucet in place. If you want to avoid going through all this trouble, you can simply replace the entire faucet with new one. It will however, be an expensive choice.
Cartridge Sink Faucets
To repair cartridge sink faucets, start by taking off the handle. Do this by removing the decorative cap and the handle screw. The cartridge may be fixed in place with help of threaded retaining cap. If there is one, use small pliers to remove it, and simply pull out the cartridge. Take utility knife and cut out old O-rings. Apply some plumber’s grease on the new O-ring and reassemble the whole faucet.
In case you want to replace the cartridge with new one, purchase the one which exactly matches the existing one. Ensure that the stem end where the handle is joint also matches.
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Ceramic-Disk Sink Faucets
If your sink faucet is of this type, you will find the set screw after pushing back the handle. Unscrew the screw to remove the handle. Now, carefully take out the escutcheon cap, mounting screws to pull out the cylinder. The neoprene seal can be taken out with blunt screw driver. Wipe off all cylinder openings with white vinegar and if you notice any damaged seals, replace them. For changing the entire cylinder, simply place the new one in its place. After replacement, reassemble the entire sink faucet.
Sink Faucet Repair Cost
The repair cost varies from place to place and also depends upon the type of sink faucet you need to repair or replace. If you are doing the job yourself, you only need to spend on buying new parts while you save on labor charges. Parts are relatively inexpensive and so is the cost of an altogether new assembly. Labor charges, on the other hand, can be on the higher side at few places.
The process should take only 15-20 minutes of your time. If at all you are uncomfortable doing the job yourself, call for professional help – plumber.