Squeaking noise when turning on hot faucet handle

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Old 11-10-06, 06:07 AM
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Squeaking noise when turning on hot faucet handle

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Recently, whenever turning on hot faucet handle of kitchen sink, there has been squeaking noise, ... not loud, but quite annoying to the point where a whole faucet starting to break-down.

However, there is no drip and working fine, as if it's nothing wrong except squeaking noise.

Could it be a washer inside getting bad, even though this faucet is washerless?

Or, do we need to replace a whole kitchen faucet?

Thanks for your help in advance.
 
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Old 11-10-06, 09:49 AM
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Disassemble the moving parts of the faucet and apply waterproof plumbing grease to any portion that moves and on any washers o-rings etc associated with moving parts.Do not apply to the actual seals that shut off the water unless they are associated with moving parts and avoid clogging openings that water passes thru.This will likely help your problem and is definately the place to start.The grease is available at any hardware store for just a few bucks.
 
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Old 11-10-06, 10:26 AM
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Hi:
Thanks for the response. I truly appreciate it.

It/Noise appears to me not inside. Rather, around its top area where hot water handle sitting.

Then, is it OK to apply Waterproof grease around the bottom of the hot water handle?

Or..., if this/grease does not cure the problem, then we'd better off installing a whole faucet? Because, there is a VERY tight space to work on 'disassembling' faucet due to a Garbage Disposal underneath the sink?

Your opinion would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Disassembling does not involve removing the faucet body from the sink.What you are doing is removing the stems or whatever this particular faucet has that moves or rotates to turn on and off the water flow.

Where you hear the sound may or may not be the actual location of what is causing that sound.

Lubricating any moving parts would be the first thing to do if you are getting a noise of some kind when you move those parts.This may or may not be your problem but it's the place to start.While you have the stems etc disassembled examine them for wear or damage of any kind.You may have a worn or damage gasket,washer or o-ring,depending on exactly what your particular faucet has in it,that might be causing the noise.

If lubrication does not solve the problem then the next likely step would be to rebuild the stems with new gaskets etc.

Faucets are designed with many different configurations as far as various gaskets,seals etc are concerned.There is no one general design to refer to so this is all dependant on the exact faucet you have.Most major brands etc have rebuild kits available if that turns out to be what you need to do.

Go to a reputable real hardware store (NOT a big box) or a plumbing supply that sells to the public.Take any information you have concerning the faucet as well as any parts you can take with you for proper identification of brand,repair parts etc.

There are many many different brands and models of faucets.They are NOT all alike in fact they are ALL different and require different items to repair them.It might be necessary to replace the faucet but usually they can be rebuilt or repaired.
 
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