When your 3 handle faucet is leaking, it is best to repair it right away. It does not just waste water; it also increases your water bill. The longer the leak takes place, the higher your water bill and the more water you waste. Repairing your faucet yourself is easy and can save you money. This step-by-step guide will help you do the job perfectly.
Step 1 - Turn off the Water Supply
Look for the main water supply and then shut off the valve completely. Check to see if the water is completely turned off before starting with the repair.
Step 2 - Cover up the Drain
You need to cover the drain with a rag or small clothing to ensure that no parts will fall inside when you start unscrewing the faucet.
Step 3 - Locate the Screws
Different models of a 3 handle faucet vary, so you need to locate where the screws are hiding and then remove it.
Steps 4 - Take Faucet’s Handle Off
Pull the handle carefully to avoid damage to the faucet.
Step 5 - Remove the Collar
Use a rag and wrap it around the collar. To unscrew it out of place, use a wrench to ensure that the collar is not scratched by friction. The collar is at the base of the stem’s faucet.
Step 6 - Remove the Rest of the Nuts
Unscrew the nuts on top of the stem that keeps it in place using a wrench.
Step 7 - Remove the Faucet
After unscrewing all nuts and the bonnet, you may now pull the faucet assembly out of the place.
Step 8 - Check the O-Rings
The O-rings are usually the cause of leaking and they are located inside the stem. Remove the O-rings from the stem by using a needle nose plier. Check to see if it is damaged with tears or abrasions. If there is, you need to replace them with new rings from the faucet repair kit.
Step 9 - Check the Springs
The springs are located inside the faucet’s stem. Pull it out using a nose needle plier, and replace them with new springs from your repair kit to make sure that these are perfectly functioning.
Step 10 - Put Them Back Together
Put all the parts back together. You need to make sure that all parts are as they were before you made the repair. Reverse the procedure.
Step 11 - Check for More Leaks
Once everything is in place, you may turn the water supply on and then check if the faucet has any more leaks. If it does, you need to replace the entire faucet. Purchase one that matches your old faucet so that it will not be difficult to install.