Monday, March 3, 2014

Peerless Faucet Leaks

Fixing Peerless faucet leaks is a task anyone with basic home skills can accomplish in about an hour. Depending on the type of faucet you have, and the extent of the leak, the process will vary slightly. However, most all repairs involve replacing the cartridge inside the handle.

Kitchen Faucet

For a Peerless kitchen faucet, replace the cartridge and any seals underneath the cartridge to stop leaks. This includes leaks from the spout and handles. First remove the handle by unscrewing the set screw and sliding the handle up and away from the base. Then take out the bonnet and retaining nut and remove the cartridge. Replace it and re-install the parts to rebuild it.

Shower Faucets

Peerless shower faucets require basically the same procedure with a few additions. Remove the handle again by finding the set screw and loosening it, and then sliding the handle off. There is also a trim sleeve on the faucet. Turn this counterclockwise and remove it. Next, take out the spacer, O ring and bonnet along with the retaining nut if present, and then take the cartridge out and replace it. You might also find that replacing the O ring alone stops leaking in this faucet as well.

Double Handle Faucets

For double handle faucets, perform the same steps but on each side of the faucet. Take off the handle for the hot and cold water by taking off the cap on top and loosening the screw. Then pull off the handle. Remove the retaining nut and slide the cartridge out. Replace the seats and springs, two gaskets with springs in the bottom of the handle base, and insert the new cartridge over them. The handles on these faucet attach directly to the baseplate of the faucet, so it may also help to replace the rubber gasket around the handle base before installing the cartridge and reassembling the handle.

General Steps to Take

Before installing any faucet or replacing any parts, always shut off the water in the home. You will find a main water shut off valve at the water heater on the incoming water pipe. Turn it clockwise to shut off all water to every faucet. Or, turn the water valves underneath the sink of the faucet you are working on. This stops water flow just to the faucet you plan to repair.

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