Repairing a Pot Filler Faucet
A pot filler faucet is an excellent addition to a kitchen because it saves a lot of time and energy. Imagine having to lift a large water-filled pot from the kitchen sink into the stove. However, with a pot filler faucet, putting water into a large pot does not require too much effort. Here are some things to consider when repairing a pot filler faucet.
Make Sure the Installation is Correct
Common problems with the pot filler faucet may due to incorrect installation. When installing the faucet, make sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions directly. Since these faucets come from different manufacturers, they will have different installation procedures. Check if all the parts of the faucet are installed correctly. If there are any leaks, these can be traced to either improper installation or long use.
Leaks on the Wall
If there is a leak in the wall, the threads on the pipe may not have been sealed with pipe sealant. It may also be possible that the rubber washer has been damaged. To repair the leak, turn off the water supply first. Afterwards, remove the mounting hardware on the retention ring. Carefully remove the retention ring to expose the washer and the joint. Check if the washer has been damaged. If yes, remove the entire faucet from the pipe nipple by turning it counterclockwise. Take the washer to the supply store and buy a replacement. Install the new washer along with the faucet. Make sure to apply pipe thread sealant on the pipe nipple threads first before tightening the faucet into place. Turn on the water supply and check if the leak has been repaired.
Leaks on the Faucet
The problem becomes worse if the faucet develops leaks. Remember that the pot filler faucet usually comes with two valves. If one valve is damaged, the faucet may still not leak. However, it a leak develops, then perhaps both valves need to be repaired. When the valves become loose, turn to the product manual to check on how they can be removed and replaced. The removal of the valves will depend on the product brand and model. Before removing the valves, shut off the water supply. Remove any mounting hardware connecting the valves to the faucet. Remove the valves and find a replacement online or in a home improvement store. Install the new valves to repair the leaks.
If too little water comes out of the faucet, then it may be clogged. Check if the water supply is abundant first before jumping to conclusions. If the faucet is indeed clogged, the solution is to clean the aerator found on the opening of the faucet. Simply turn the aerator loose and remove it from the faucet. Get to another faucet, and allow the water pressure to remove the clogged debris. Clean the other debris on the aerator carefully before putting it back.