How to Repair a Squeaking Faucet Handle

There is nothing more annoying than listening to a squeaking faucet handle, every time you turn the knobs on your sink. This problem is common, especially in older homes. A positive thing is there is not really much to repairing a squeaking faucet, if you have a little time and the right tools. This is something that you can actually do yourself, instead of spending money to hire a plumber. A squeaking faucet is more than likely due to parts that have worn out. This can include the handle threads, if they have lost their lubrication, the washer may be worn or cracked, or there may be restricted passage ways. In order to repair a squeaking faucet handle, you need the tools and instructions listed below.

Tools Needed For the Job

  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Rubber Washer
  • Petroleum Jelly or Silicone Grease
  • Wrench
  • Rag

Step 1 – Shut the Water Off

Turn off the water supply from the main water line, using the valves. 

Step 2 – Remove the Handles

Remove the faucet handle that the squeaking is coming from. You can usually just pop the cap off, if there is a cap. Remove the screw in the center. Then, pull the handle off. If the handle does not come off easily, rotate it back and forth, or wrap a rag around a wrench to remove them. It is a good idea to line the pieces up in the order that you remove them, so that you will know where each one will fit back on. Remove the base cap, and unscrew the packing nut and stem.

Step 3 – Remove the Washer

Screw the washer off at the bottom of the stem. Check the washer to see if it has any visible damage on it. Make sure it does not look damaged or worn. If it looks too small for the washer seat or appears to be damaged, replace it. If you are not certain about the type of washer to get, take the entire valve stem assembly to your local home improvement or hardware store, to get the correct one. 

Step 4 – Check the Washer Seat

The washer seat can hold a lot of grease and gunk. Check to be sure it there is no buildup, as it will restrict the flow of the water, thus creating noise.

Step 5 – Check the Stem

Inspect all of the threads on either side of the stem. Put petroleum jelly on the stems, to help any noisy friction. The stem threads can also be worn or damaged. If this is the case, replace the entire stem with a new one. 

Step 6 – Check the Inside of the Stem

Check the inside of the stem, to see if there is any grease or gunk buildup. This will also cause a water flow restriction, thus creating some noise.

Step 7 – Check Faucet Threads

Check the faucet threads, to see if they need to be replaced from being worn. 

Step 8 – Put it Back Together

After everything has been checked, and the necessary parts replaced, turn the water back on at the main valve. The faucet should no longer squeak.