How to Repair a Leaky Two Handle Faucet with a Cartridge-Type Stem
Your kitchen faucet gets a lot of use, so you want to keep it in tip top shape. If you find that your Cartridge type faucet is leaking water, you can replace a few of its parts without spending a lot of time and money on a new faucet. We promise it’s easy, and the best part is, you can do it all by yourself.
Tools and supplies required: Pliers, Flat Screwdriver, Phillips Screwdriver
Turn off the water supply to the Sink. Pry the Handle Cap off the Handle to reveal the Set Screw.
Remove the Handle by lifting off the Index Cap with a flathead screwdriver. Next, Remove the handle (so the stem is visible) by loosening the Set Screw by the screw counter-clockwise. Set aside the Handle, Set Screw and Handle Button to reinstall at the end of the project.
If your Faucet has a Lock Ring or Lock Nut, you will need to remove it with a Screwdriver or Pliers before you will be able to remove the Cartridge.
Next, pull the old Cartridge out of the Faucet Assembly. Take the Cartridge with you to your local home improvement store and use the Danco Picture Perfect Locator System or use the online Stem Finder. This system makes it easy to find your replacement by using a couple of simple tools.to help you find the matching replacement part.
You should also replace the seat or seats & springs at this time (whichever is applicable). You can remove and replace the seat with an Allen wrench or a seat removal tool. Turn the seat counterclockwise to loosen, clockwise to tighten.
You may find it easier to assemble seats and springs first on the countertop
Springs go in first, wide end down (if applicable) Next the rubber seats fit over the springs
Insert the new Spring and Seat that comes with the replacement Cartridge (or you can purchase separately) by placing on the head of a Screwdriver and inserting into the Assembly.
Install the new Cartridge into the Faucet Assembly.
If your Faucet has a Lock Ring or Lock Nut, you will need place it over the stem and tighten with a Screwdriver or Pliers.
Place the Handle over the Assembly and secure with the original Set Screw.
Replace the original Handle Button by snapping into position. Turn on the water and check for leaks.