Faucet repair guide

Glacier bay faucet repair is easy!


Glacier bay faucets  are easy to  repair  and this guide is just what you need to help you figure out what is wrong with your faucet.  All faucets have working parts that can eventually wear out. The most common failures are with your o-rings and washers on the older models, but does not exclude the stem or even the seats.   Your first sign that there is a part failure is a water leak.  Leaks can happen from several areas, mainly you will notice a slow drip or water seeping from a handle or the base of the  water spout. Before you begin to start your faucet repair there  are a few things you want to take into consideration.

Here are some stat’s you need to know; one drop of water per second is equivalent to about 2000 gallons of water a year and by the time your faucet is leaking five or six drops per second you are throwing some serious cash down the drain. We are talking in the range of 10000 to 20000 gallons of water that you could be saving. Convert that into dollars and we are talking 65.00 to 150.00 dollars per years depending on how much you pay for water. Almost all water leaks start from the hot side because the hot water will deteriorate the faucet parts much faster. If it turns out that your leak is from the hot side then you not only are losing water but you are using electricity as well.

You also want to consider the age of your faucet, an older faucet say 8 years old should be replaced with a new one. Older
faucets will require about the same cost to repair that could be used in the purchase of a new model faucet like a glacier bay faucet or a American standard faucet, to name a few brands. You can get a new modern faucet starting in the fifty dollar range working your way up in price depending on the features you require. Either way you will want to find out if you should repair or replace depending on your situation.

One special note is if your working on a bath tub faucet then you should always repair when possible. You really want to do replacements when you do a renovation. If the bath tub faucet is really old or in really bad shape then you may have to consider replacement and factor the added cost of cutting into the wall to get to the valve. In some situations the hole on your tub wall may give you just enough access that you can replace you faucet without demo work and there are even flanges made that you can use when you nee to cover up holes that your new faucet does not use.


Now lets take a look at some of the faucet styles:

This is a very large area to cover because of the many types of faucets that have been produced over the years.

Instead will list the most common styles:

  • You have the two handle faucet made for your bath, kitchen and shower and they come with washers and seats.
  •  Then there is the two handle for your bath, kitchen and shower that is washer less.
  •  Next you have the three handle faucets for bath and shower, they have seats and washers.
  •  The three handle come with a hot and cold lever as well as a control to turn on the shower.
  •  We then get into your single lever faucets for your bath and shower, these come with a cartridge.
  • Then you have the single lever kitchen faucet that usually comes with and pull-out spray and these work with a cartridge.
  •  Next on the list would be the single lever bath and kitchen faucets that come with washers and seats.

It should be said that from this list there are many variation of these types. Not only that, there are a large variant to the washers, seats and cartridges that are used. It is because of these many different styles and variations that you must make sure of what you need and realize that you may have to seek a shop that deals in your specific faucet to get the proper repair parts. If you are doing the repair that is one thing, but if you are hiring a plumber at 65.00 dollars and hour then with a specialty faucet it may be cost effective to just install a new
faucet then going through the expense of repairs.

Ok, we have what we need and we are going to repair the faucet, lets begin.   Now no matter what type of faucet you have they are all similar
repairs. A good habit is to lay all the parts in the order they come out, even a crude sketch will aid you greatly when its time to assemble them back.

1.  First step and obvious one is to make sure the water to the faucet is turned off by closing the valve under your sink or faucet. ( If the valve is hard to turn you can turn the water off to the home and get the same results)

2. Most faucets will have a cover hiding the screw for the handle, you will want to remove this cover.

3. Carefully remove the screw, it will be a Phillips or flat head screw driver.

4. Now you should be able to remove the handle ( it may require a little wiggle back and forth if its a older faucet that has not been worked on. A slight tap with a rubber mallet should do the trick)

5. On two handle tubs and showers you will need to remove the exclusion ( not all faucets will have this)

6. Work free and remove the locking nut sometimes referred to a holding ring.

7. Depending on the faucet age and type you will either remove the stem or cartridge( cartridges are more common in the bath
tub/shower setup)

8. Using your pinkie or a small light you need to check the seat for nicks, chips or cuts.  Washer less faucets will come with a rubber seat which needs to be removed.

9. If seats are damaged now is when to replace them. They will be brass or chrome. Brass is the common material.

10. Now replace the washer or the cartridge if its a single lever faucet.

11. Not common but sometimes you may need to replace the stem.

12. Following your lay out or sketch you will put everything back in reverse order.

13. Turn on water supply and check for leaks.

Wow, your done and you just fixed your faucet saving you anywhere from $30.00 to $120.00 dollars, Congratulations!

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