Troubleshooting a Pull Down Faucet
A pull down faucet is one of the more basic or standard types of faucets you can have installed in your sink, which makes fixing them fairly easy. These are simply fixes that you can do on your own without having to call a professional to come by, which will potentially cost you hundreds of dollars. The parts and tools needed to do the repairs can all be easily acquired at any store that carries plumbing equipment and supplies. In order to fix a pull down faucet problem, you first have to troubleshoot the faucet. The article below will share with you some helpful tips, tricks and fixes for simple issues that can go wrong with a pull down faucet.
Replace the O-Rings
If you have been running water through your pull down faucet and the water is pooling on the counter, it may be the rubber O-Rings in the pull down faucet. Turn the water off at the faucet and wipe down the counter. It is important to remove the water so you do not get confused. Turn the pull down faucet on and take note of where the water pools. If the base of your pull down faucet is leaking, then most likely the problem lies in the O-rings. Over time the plastic can become brittle and break or the rubber could rot. Take apart the pull down faucet by removing the logo in front using a screwdriver or Allen wrench. Once removed, take the O-ring to the store to get the right replacement. Place the new O-ring in the pull down faucet and put it back together.
Attachments and Accessories
Hard water is often a cause of leaking faucets. The minerals build up where the water flows or pools. This is a problem that is very common. Your attachments and faucet accessories are perfect locations for the mineral deposits to occur because they are not used as often as the main faucet, which means the water pools more often. To determine if this is the cause of the problem, remove all of the attachments and accessories connected to the pull down faucet. Turn the faucet on, and if the pressure is increased, then you have found your problem. Soak the attachments in a bath of calcium and mineral removal or vinegar. Replace the attachment and test the pull down faucet. This fix will stop water that sprays out from the sides or missing sections of the spray.
In many faucets, there are wire screens or mesh in the nozzle. This works as a simple filter. Turn off the water and wipe off the counter of all the water. Turn the water back on and at full power, and if it comes down in any way other than a steady stream, then it is the mesh. You'll need to remove the cap by unscrewing it so that you can locate the metal screen in the cap. Replace it with a new screen or place the old screen in vinegar.