Leaky Frost Free Hose Faucet

Old 07-17-08, 02:26 PM
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Leaky Frost Free Hose Faucet

I have a brand new house (less than 1 year old) and already the frost-free faucet in my back yard is leaking. Can I fix it myself or should I get a plumber? This is my faucet (with drops of water leaking out) http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...w&linkid=link2

and this is a side view http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...w&linkid=link2

The red circle is where the water is leaking out with the valve closed. Water also leaks out of the the red square when I open the valve. What is going on?

Last edited by nate76; 07-17-08 at 04:02 PM. Reason: Updated pictures
Old 07-17-08, 04:34 PM
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The red square is the vacuum breaker, It is either dirty or broken. You can carefully loosen the large nut on top and pull out the pieces (keeping track so it can be re-installed). Then check out the pieces for any dirt. Also slowly turn on the water and flush out the valve. then re-install the parts.

The brass piece where the other red spot is, is another vacuum breaker and has absolutely no use on that valve at all. Remove it.

Test the valve, If it still leaks at the top, you can get replacement parts if you can find them. If not, you will need to replace the faucet.

Don't forget, you must take the hose off early in fall so it dose not freeze in the faucet. These faucets will not work as intended if a hose is left attached during the freezing months.

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