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How to Replace an O-Ring in a Moen Faucet
Moen faucets are a great addition to many kitchens and bathrooms. They work well for years and frequently only need minor repairs when something goes wrong. If your faucet has begun to leak, you may find that the O-ring (the mechanical gasket in the shape of a ring) needs to be replaced. Replacing the O-ring on a Moen faucet is done entirely above the sink, once you have shut off the water, and takes less than 30 minutes to accomplish.
Shut off the water to the faucet beneath the sink. Open the faucet handle or handles to drain the water from the lines.
Examine the handle of the faucet where the O-ring is located. Some Moen faucets have the screw that holds the handle on beneath a cap on the top of the faucet. Others have the screw on the back of the handle. Use a fingernail to pry the cap off the top of the faucet to check for the screw’s location there.
Use the appropriately-sized hex wrench to remove the hex screw holding the faucet handle in place. Lift off the handle and the escutcheon from the faucet valve. Unscrew the spout retainer nut on single-handle faucets, and lift it free. Twist the spout back and forth, and pull it up on single-handle faucets.
Pull the old O-ring off of the valve body, and discard it.
Wipe down the valve with a mixture of 50 percent water and 50 percent vinegar to remove any hard water build up from the valve. Let the valve body dry.
Wipe down the interior of the new O-ring with a thin layer of silicone grease. Slip the new O-ring onto the valve body.
Reassemble the handle of the valve. Reattach the spout retainer nut on the single-handle faucets. Push the spout back into place, and replace the escutcheon and the handle. Tighten the screw to hold everything in place, and replace the cap.
Turn on the water below the sink, and test the faucet.
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About the Author
Sarabeth Asaff has worked in and has written about the home improvement industry since 1995. She has written numerous articles on art, interior design and home improvements, specializing in kitchen and bathroom design. A member in good standing with the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Asaff has working knowledge of all areas of home design.
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