Common Faucet Problems

Common Faucet Problems

  1. Double-handle compression faucet leaks from spout
  2. Double-handle compression faucet leaks from handle
  3. Double-handle disc faucet leaks from handle
  4. Double-handle-disc-faucet-drips-from-spout
  5. Double-handle diaphragm faucet leaks from handle
  6. Double-handle diaphragm faucet drips from spout
  7. Ceramic disc faucet leaks around base or flow from spout reduced
  8. Single-lever rotating-ball faucet leaks from handle or drips from spout
  9. Single-lever rotating-ball faucet leaks from collar
  10. Single-lever cartridge faucet leaks from handle or drips from spout
  11. Single-lever cartridge faucet leaks around spout collar
  12. Water under sink
  13. Flow from spout reduced

Double-handle compression faucet leaks from spout

Possible CauseProcedure
Washer worn or damaged.Replace washer.
Seat pitted or corroded.Newer models: replace or dress seat.
Older models: dress seat or have faucet replaced.

Double-handle compression faucet leaks from handle

Possible CauseProcedure
O-ring worn or damaged.Replace o-rings.
Packing nut loose.Tighten packing nut.
Stem packing worn.Replace packing.
Stem bent.Straighten or replace stem.
Have faucet replaced.

Double-handle disc faucet leaks from handle

Possible CauseProcedure
O-ring on disc assembly worn.Replace O-ring.

Double-handle disc faucet drips from spout

Possible CauseProcedure
Disc cracked or pitted.Replace disc assembly.
Seat assembly worn.Replace seat assembly.

Double-handle diaphragm faucet leaks from handle

Possible CauseProcedure
O-ring on sleeve worn.Replace O-ring.

Double-handle diaphragm faucet drips from spout

Possible CauseProcedure
Diaphragm worn.Replace diaphragm.

Ceramic disc faucet leaks around base or flow from spout reduced

Possible CauseProcedure
Aerator blocked.Unscrew aerator and clean it.
Inlet ports blocked.Clean inlet ports.
Disc cracked or pittedReplace disc assembly.
Inlet seats worn.Replace inlet seats.

Single-lever rotating-ball faucet leaks from handle or drips from spout

Possible CauseProcedure
Adjusting ring loose.Tighten adjusting ring.
Cam assembly worn.Replace cam assembly.
Seat assembly worn.Replace seat assembly.
Ball cracked or pitted.Replace ball.

Single-lever rotating-ball faucet leaks from collar

Possible CauseProcedure
Collar O-rings worn.Replace O-rings.

Single-lever cartridge faucet leaks from handle or drips from spout

Possible CauseProcedure
Cartridge worn, cracked, or pitted.Replace cartridge.

Single-lever cartridge faucet leaks around spout collar

Possible CauseProcedure
Collar O-rings worn.Replace O-rings.

Water under sink

Possible CauseProcedure
Faucet set loose.Tighten locknuts under faucet set.
Supply tube or shutoff valve leaks.Tighten coupling nut at shutoff valve.
Service or replace shutoff valves.
Faucet body worn.Have faucet replaced.

Flow from spout reduced

Possible CauseProcedure
Aerator blocked.Unscrew aerator from spout and clean it.

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