One of the most common repair issues that creep up in a home is a leaking kitchen faucet. If you want to know how to fix a kitchen faucet handle, then the structure of your faucet must first be determined.
For three point installations where there are separate handles for cold and hot water in addition to the faucet, then the repair can be as simple as removing the broken faucet handle and replacing it with a new one.
If you have a ball faucet, however, the repair can be a little trickier.
The good news is that you can still replace the kitchen faucet handle without having to replace the entire faucet. Here's how you can get this repair done in just a few minutes.
1. You will need to remove the Allen screw in the faucet handle.
It can be difficult to remove that screw, however, because over the years it can get stuck.
If it won't budge for you, then try spraying it with some penetrating oil every day for the next 7 days. Then give the screw removal another attempt. If you've stripped out the screw or it just won't budge, then you can drill it out and replace the screw when you replace the handle.
2. Your goal is to save the valve.
Don't worry about damaging the handle of your faucet.
Replacing it is a lot cheaper than replacing the entire valve section of your kitchen faucet.
You may need to actually remove the cap, which is the part underneath the flat edge of the actual handle.
This removes counterclockwise and will let you gain access to the cap, cam, ball, and packing.
Look for damage and replace as necessary.
3. Look for failures in the rubber seals.
The most common reason why kitchen faucets tend to fail is because the rubber seals or gaskets have finally just worn out.
You'll usually need a repair kit from your faucet manufacturer to get the replacement parts that are needed for this replacement.
Most kits also include a new ball and other packed in items, so don't be concerned if something breaks on you while you're removing the handle.
4. Removing the ball from the stem is the most difficult part of the task.
You're goal here is to make sure you can salvage the cap so that it can be reused.
This is the most difficult part of the job.
Use a pair of pliers and start twisting.
You may need to use rubber tape or other padding on the teeth of the pliers to avoid damaging the cap.
5. Install the parts in the reverse order.
If you've managed to get the faucet disassembled, then you're ready to use the repair kit to replace the parts you've just taken out.
Go in the reverse order that you worked and double-check every part to make sure that it fits and is then installed properly. If this doesn't work for you, then you'll need to replace the entire faucet instead of just the handle.
Either way, the effort to fix a broken kitchen handle is worth the work it takes. You have nothing really to lose, but everything to gain.
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