How to Fix a Leaky Faucet
Wanna learn how to fix a leaky faucet? Specifically a leaky Delta faucet? You’re in the right place.
A bathroom faucet leak can be one of the most frustrating things about being a homeowner. But don’t fear this common problem.
You can do this fix yourself and save your money for the movies instead.
Let’s dive in!
Getting Started with Leaky Faucets
This post deals with repairing a Delta bath sink two-handle center-set faucet. If that isn’t a mouthful I really don’t know what is. The faucet in question is in the picture.
This small quick project requires the following supplies:
If you have all of these tools or can borrow them the cost for the Delta replacement parts is under $20.00.
I’m sharing this tutorial because I’ve had to do this repair many times and discovered a few tips that will help you make it quick and painless. Plus, there’s a video for your viewing enjoyment. Don’t bother grabbing popcorn, it’s only 3 minutes long (tight budget, haha).
So let’s do it!
Determine How to Fix a Leaky Faucet…
The first step is to identify the type of faucet you have. In this case, I’m repairing a bathroom sink two-handle center-set faucet.
Then you’ll need to determine the area of the faucet that is leaking.
Is the leak coming from under the Delta bathroom faucet handle or is the leak coming from the aerator?
I knew the leak was coming from the aerator because I saw it first thing in the morning when I shuffled into the bathroom to begin my day. The pop-up stopper was always wet which indicated a persistent drip.
Turn the hot water shutoff valve under the sink to the off position (completely to the right). Check to see if the leak is still there. If the leak is gone you know the hot water side of the faucet is the culprit.
If the drip persists then you know the cold water side of the faucet is to blame.
You can also follow this flow chart to figure out HOW to fix the Delta bathroom faucet leak.
(A special thanks to Powell Svendsen for pointing out an error on the first version of my flow chart :))
Using a Delta Bathroom Faucet Repair Kit
Before you do anything make sure the water is turned off to the faucet. You’ll only have to shut off the water to the corresponding handle that was causing the drip.
As promised, here’s the video that walks you through this entire fix but you can also view the pictures below if you prefer that instead.
To access the Delta faucet cartridge and seats & springs you’ll have to remove the faucet handle & body.
Unscrew the delta faucet handle by hand and use an Allen wrench to loosen the set screw that holds the handle body in place.
Then remove the faucet handle body and set it aside.
Unscrew the stem unit nut with channel locks.
And take a picture of the stem unit before you remove it with the channel locks.
Believe it or not, there is a proper way to reinstall it and a picture comes in handy.
Remove the old delta faucet cartridge with channel locks or needle-nose pliers.
If you need to replace the little rubber seat and metal spring you can use needle-nose pliers to do so. I tried using my wife’s tweezers but they didn’t work (don’t tell her, she wouldn’t be happy).
I always put the new seat and spring down into the faucet together as one unit. Just make sure they’re oriented like in the picture below with the wider side of the spring facing down into the faucet.
Finally, firmly press the seat & spring into the faucet. If you need to replace the cartridge because you had a drip coming from the aerator go ahead and do that now following the tips in my video.
As an FYI, one of my readers (Powell Svendsen) was able to clean the O-rings on the cartridge and eliminate a leak coming from the aerator. So you could give this a try before buying a new cartridge unit.
Thanks, Powell for sharing your great tip!!
Screw the stem unit lock nut onto the faucet base and put the Delta faucet handle back in place.
Very easy and you’ll save a call to the plumber.
Our other tutorial shares how to replace a bathroom faucet step-by-step.
Also, grab our free guide if you’re doing a DIY bathroom remodel – it shares how to remodel a bathroom in 10 days or less
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Changing Delta Acrylic Knobs to Levers
By Cecilia Harsch
Update the look of your Delta faucet — and your entire bathroom — by making some minor, inexpensive changes, such as changing the old acrylic knobs rather than replacing the entire faucet. Since replacing the entire faucet could require the help of a licensed professional (and deep pockets), you can replace the old faucet knobs with new Delta decorative lever handles to give your faucet and bathroom an economical facelift. Make sure your new Delta levers are compatible with your Delta faucet to ensure the perfect fit.
Turn off the water supply lines beneath your sink. Rotate the handles on your Delta faucet to ensure the water is off and any water drains from the lines and faucet.
Pry the small plastic discs from the top of the acrylic handles using a small flathead screwdriver. Removing the discs exposes the handle screws.
Remove the handle screws to release the acrylic handles from the faucet. Lift the handles off the faucet stems to expose the stem retaining nuts.
Twist the retaining nut on the cold handle counterclockwise with pliers. Use your fingers to remove the nut from the faucet.
Lift the faucet stem from the faucet and rotate it 180 degrees. Rotating the cold-water stem orients the stem stop correctly, so the new Delta lever turns on the water when you rotate the lever towards you and turns off the water when you push the lever away from you. Reinsert the stem into the body of the faucet, making sure the small notches on the side of the stem fit into the notches cut into the faucet.
Hand-tighten the retaining nut by turning it clockwise with your fingers. Use the pliers to finish tightening the nut.
Install the new Delta lever handles over the faucet stems. Use a 3/32-inch hex-key to tighten the setscrew on each of the new handles. The setscrew tightens against the top of the stem, securing the handles to the faucet.
Turn on the water supply lines beneath your sink. Rotate the new lever handles on your Delta faucet to ensure the faucet operates correctly.
- Make sure you purchase Delta replacement handles compatible with your Delta faucet model.
Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.
About Faucet Handles
Choose from thousands of options of sink, shower, and tub faucet handles. Though most faucet installations come with handles, nothing lasts forever, and father time eventually strikes. Thus, after time goes by, chances are you may need to get replacement faucet handles; that’s where our unmatched supply of options comes into play.
Here at PlumbersStock, we offer the widest variety of faucet handle brands on the market. From Moen porcelain handles to Delta metal lever handles, we offer every type of handle imaginable so you can get precisely what you are looking for in your bathroom or kitchen.
Best of all, whether you are looking to replace your current handles because of wear and tear or a simple design choice, we have you covered with wholesale faucet parts! So, without further ado, here is our beginner’s guide to faucet handle replacements.
Replacement Faucet Handle Designs
Though replacing broken sink handles is undoubtedly a big reason to buy them, it isn’t the only reason; in fact, one of the most popular reasons to purchase replacement faucet handles is to improve the design of the bathroom overall. After all, let’s face it; if you buy a cheap sink faucet set, the function might be there, but the design is more than likely lacking; buying a pair of new handles can undoubtedly help with that. We offer some of the best handle designs, from modern lever handles to classic handle inserts that work best as simple replacements. Plus, with such high-quality brands like Moen and more, you know you are getting a great product with every purchase. Without a doubt, our supply of faucet handle parts is beautiful, classy, functional, and a perfect remedy to give your sink just a bit extra pizzazz in the overall design scheme of your bathroom.
How to Install Faucet Handles
Of course, once you purchase your handles, chances are you may need help installing them (if you are a beginner, of course). Unfortunately, all sinks are different depending on the model, so there isn’t an all-encompassing formula you can follow. But, we can give you a few easy directions on some of our basic models. Here are just a few:
- Overall, sink inserts are the easiest faucet handles to install. Providing you have a base to install the handle insert into, all you need to do is insert the nipple into the receiving end and screw! It’s that easy and should take no more than a few minutes at the longest.
Simple Twist Faucet Handles
Lever handles, unfortunately, are a bit more labor-intensive; follow these directions to complete the job:
- Unscrew the screw running through the entirety of the handle (typically, the screw is directly in the middle on the top. You may need to remove the temperature signifier cap).
- Remove the handle.
- Put the replacement handle over the valve that is now exposed. NOTE: You may need to wriggle the handle around a bit to ensure it’s attached sufficiently.
- Screw the handle back in, but make sure the screw is not too tight, or you won’t be able to turn the handle.
Buy Discount Faucet Handle Replacements
With literally thousands of options, you are sure to find the right match for your existing installation. Be sure to get the right finish and a configuration that is compatible with your faucet. If you are having trouble finding the right replacement faucet handles, please contact us for help. Thank you for choosing PlumbersStock for all your bathroom faucet and kitchen faucet needs.
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