Leaking Kitchen Faucet – Today, you are going to learn about how to repair a leaking kitchen faucet that has a washer. Washer type faucets come with a rubber washer that seals against a valve seat. When the rubber washer hardens, or wears out, or the seat itself wears down. This can often cause the faucet to leak. You can tighten the faucet which may slow down or even stop the leakage. But it can also cause internal damage that may result in having to buy a new kitchen sink faucet.
To repair your leaking kitchen faucet, the first step is to shut off your water supply. First, look to see if there is a shut off valve under the fixture. If not there, then you can always turn off the hot water supply right at your water heater. Once your water supply is turn off, you will want to take your kitchen sink faucet apart. First loosen the screws with a Phillips screwdriver. The screw is usually underneath an ornamental cap. You will need to first get the cap off and you can do this by either screwing it off or gently prying at it with a butter knife. When you lift up the handle, you will be able to unscrew the packing nut and this will expose the rest of the kitchen faucet.
Start by examining the stem to make sure that the threads are not badly worn our or eroded. Sometimes, the cause of a leaking kitchen faucet can be the washer. You will find the washer on the lower end of the stem. It is usually held in place by a brass screw. If the washer is completely flattened or has an indentation, it will need to be replaced. The washer seat is the next piece to examine. It is hard to tell if it is worn out by simply looking at it. It is a good idea to reface the washer seat while your kitchen faucet is torn apart. This is done with a seat dressing tool. Sometimes, the leaking problem results from a damaged washer seat, if this is the case, you will go through washers more often. Sometimes a washer seat will become un-threaded.
To find out if you have the type of washer/valve seat that can be replaced to repair leaking kitchen faucet, take a look at the hole to see if it is square or hexagonal or a hole through the center with a slotted for a screwdriver. If the washer seat only has a round hole in the center and has no slots, then you won’t be able to replace it. If you need to replace the washer seat in order to keep the faucet from leaking after replacing other parts. And you don’t have the type that can replace, and then it may be time to purchase a new kitchen faucet. After your done following the steps above, reinstall your faucet in the reverse order that you took it apart. Congratulations, you now know how to repair a leaking kitchen faucet, washer type kitchen faucet.