How to Replace a Faucet Spout O-Ring

  • Beginner
  • 15-25
What You'll Need
New O-ring
Crescent wrench
What You'll Need
New O-ring
Crescent wrench

Although a damaged faucet spout O-ring can be the cause of endless and annoying water-dripping at night, it can be an easy fix that you can do yourself without using a lot of tools and in a jiffy. Use this step-by-step guide for help and you’ll get to the end in no time.

Step 1 – Turn off Tap

Carefully fully turn the tap off even if there is a leak. You can also turn off the main water supply to the tap before starting to work on the O-ring.

Step 2 – Unscrew Faucet Head

The faucet head is the part of the faucet that can be unscrewed. It is easy to spot. Use your crescent wrench to loosen the faucet head first by slowly twisting it to the left. If you twist right, it may break! When loose, unscrew it by hand to avoid damaging the threads.

Step 3 – Replace O-ring

You will find the O-ring inside the head of the faucet after you’ve unscrewed it. Remove the old one and replace it with a new faucet spout O-ring.

Step 4 – Replace Faucet Head

After replacing the O-ring, screw back on the faucet head carefully. Make sure the O-ring is not in between the faucet and the head threads or you may damage it. Screw in with your hand until it is fully screwed. Then use the wrench to carefully tighten it. Don’t overdo this or you may break the head.

Step 5 – Check for Leak

Turn water supply on for a few seconds and turn it off. Check for any leaks.