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Re: How do I, myself, fix a faucet leak?
Faucets in general operate either with a one handle valve stem or valve stems that uses small pieces of rubber to precent the water flow. In a single handle model this is usually caused by mineral deposits building up and the valve not being able to fully restrict the flow of water. The fix here is usually a new stem. On models that use a two handle system and do have replaceable valve stems one must get a repacement seat from a hadware store and reinstall the stem. In extreme cases the valve body may need to be ground internally and will require a professional. If you do not a have replaceable stems than the only alternative is a new faucet. I hope this assists you and thanks for using Fix Ya.
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always rember , anyone having problem with leaking water faucets,for example a bathroom sink faucet is leaking,you don't have to go and buy a new one.save youself some money,buy putting new washers in,and if that don't stop it you will need to change the set that the washer seat agains't.<br />
the way to do this first,you would need a screw driver and take off<br />
off the knobs off the faucets,then you will see the washer you would <br />
replace ,but the water has leaked so long you would need to change the<br />
copper set to do this you need a wrench that you can remove the copper<br />
seat then reassemble the faucet and to make this fix last.<br />
always rember don't tighting the knob just enough to stop the water<br />
from leaking and the washer will last alot longer.doing this yourself<br />
you have saved alot of money.
Test the dripping water with your hand to make sure that it is the hot water side that is leaking. Lay a rag over the sink drain to keep parts from falling down it. Locate the hot and cold shutoff valves under the sink and turn the knobs clockwise by hand until they close. If the knobs remain stiff, use a pair of pliers to gently turn them until the knob begins to move, then finish turning by hand.
2 Pry the decorative cap off the faucet top with a small thin, flat-head screwdriver. Remove the cap that has the "H" letter on it. Depending upon the handle screw configuration, use a flat-head or Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the handle screw. Gently pry up on the handle from all angles and pull it up and off the splines of the stem.
3 Use a crescent wrench to turn the hot water stem nut counterclockwise until it comes completely off the stem shaft. Wiggle the stem with your fingers and pull it out of the faucet. If the washer on the bottom of the stem is deformed, it indicates the source of the leak. However, remove the old seat from the faucet base with an Allen wrench or a seat removal tool.
4 Wipe out the inside of the seat housing with a rag. Replace the seat with the new one included in the repair package, using an Allen wrench or seat removal tool.
5 Place the new hot water stem shaft into the valve seat, and start the stem nut in by hand, turning it clockwise. Finish tightening the stem nut with the crescent wrench, but only to a moderate firmness -- do not over-tighten it. Place the handle back over the stem shaft and tap it down until it seats firmly. Replace the handle screw and tighten it with a screwdriver.
6 Turn the hot and cold water supply knobs counterclockwise until they are fully open. Turn the hot water faucet knob to the "On" position and check for leaks.
please see the next step: he pilot light may be out or may not stay lit. There may not be enough
hot water, or the water may be too hot. The water heater may leak or be
noisy, or the hot water may be dirty. A problem with your water heater may be due to overwork, not mechanics.
If your water heater holds less than 15 gallons per family member (tank
volume is stamped on a metal plate affixed to most water heaters),
consider a larger unit or staggering your use of hot water. Drain a hot water tank:
Turn the gas-control knob to
off and close the gas-shutoff valve.
Close the cold-water supply valve and open a hot-water faucet in the house to speed draining.
Attach a garden hose to the drain valve and run it outside to a
drain. If the heater is in the basement you may need to run the hose to
or through a sump pump.
Open the drain valve and allow the tank to drain.
Once done, close the drain valve, open the cold-water supply valve,
and open any nearby hot-water faucet. When a steady stream of water
flows from that faucet, the tank is full; close the hot-water faucet.
Once the tank is full, turn on the gas and relight the pilot.
hi! if tightening the knob(s), (or if you apply pressure on the knob of the faucet,for the models with no thread for open/close), modify the amount of water leaking ,you need to replace the seats in the faucet. if not ,just replacing the o rings should fix your problem.
Pull the knob off...usually the screw is behind a cover in the center of the knob...
Behind the knob you will find a nut that is the packing nut ... this is what keeps the water from running out around the stem...turn that nut clockwise a quarter to a half turn or until snug...
this iwll fix your leak...
Take the strainer off the spout and check to see if there is any dirt or rust buildup in the strainer. This happens when repairs have been done. It usually collects at the first place the water comes out of.
Remove hot/cold button in handle, remove screw/pull off handle. Remove the two screws in the wall plate/remove plate. Use a wrench to remove the diverter assembly. Get new diverter assy and reinstall eveything. You don't need to turn off the water.