As we all know, different companies have different designs and finishes for their sanitary products, and so do their internal parts. But when it comes to faucets, there are four common types available in the market. Rotary ball, cartridge, ceramic disc, and compression faucets.
The further categorization of various models includes swivel, single handle, dual handle, pull-down, pull-out, separate spray, and sensory faucets. Price Pfister generally deals in two-handled cartridge faucets. And cartridge replacement of these faucets is a pretty easy job that requires no professional assistance.
For cartridge replacement, you will only require a guide for basic knowledge, tools, and confidence that you can do it yourself. Let’s begin with common questions you might have at this time.
How to know the cartridge is defective?
You will notice a sudden decrease in water pressure or constant leak from the faucet. Sometimes it is hard to turn on the faucet and, you will face the same when you turn off the tap. Worn-out O-rings or washers can also make your faucet leak from time to time. A defective cartridge can result in wearing and tearing of O-rings rapidly.
The hot and cold water entering each and other pipes is a common problem in two-handled kitchen faucets. This problem is also the outcome of a malfunctioning cartridge.
When to replace the faucet cartridge?
When you observe constant leaks from the base of the spout or the handle, difficulty in turning the handle, or inconsistency in temperature control are the signs that indicate you need to change the cartridge. Ignoring the leakage problem for a long time can result in further damage to the faucet. This damage also comes with a lot of bills and water waste. Therefore, it is better to treat the issue at an early stage.
How do you know which side is defective?
It is pretty easy to check which side of the faucet is causing the leak. Let the dripping waterfall on your hand, change the hot side cartridge if the water is hot. If the water is cold, change the cartridge to the cold side.
How to disassemble price Pfister two-handle kitchen faucet?
Before starting the disassembling process, make sure to check the supply valves under the faucet sink. As it is two handles faucet, you have to shut off both sides. Turn the knobs counterclockwise to stop the water. If your faucet does not have a supply valve underneath the sink, you can shut off the main water supply line to the house. It will stop the water to the whole house.
Turn on the faucet to drain all the water left in the pipes. This water and pressure in the pipes can cause trouble in the replacement process. Also, ensure the drainage hole of the sink is blocked as you might lose set screws during the task.
After this, you are ready to do the disassembling part. First of all, look for the set screw usually present on the side or rear of the faucet handle. Unscrew it to remove the handle. If you cannot find the screw, it might be under the decorative lid on the handle.
To remove the lid, you can use a fingernail or utility knife. Use a Philips screwdriver to unbolt the screw. Detach the handle and look at the retaining nut. You can easily remove the retaining nut with the help of tongue pliers, fix it around the nut and rotate it counterclockwise.
Some of the cartridges have a brass nut to reinforce the cartridge shaft. You have to remove it and keep it safe for later use. Keep in mind the orientation of the cartridge. You can take a picture or a video of the cartridge while removing it. So you will know the alignment of tabs.
How to install a new cartridge?
Upon the completion of the above steps, it is time to work on the cartridge. You can either use a cartridge puller tool or simple pliers to pull out the cartridge. You have to put a spanner cap on top of the cartridge and move it with the help of pliers. This spanner cap comes with a new cartridge. After loosening up the cartridge, you will be able to pull it out. If it is also not available, you can directly pull the shaft of the cartridge with pliers. But make sure it is not a sharp one, or it will scratch the surface.
Now you can install new O-rings and gaskets and apply a bit of lubricant to smoothen the surface. You are now ready to install the cartridge. Follow the orientation of the previous cartridge, so it will not bother you at this time. Make sure to secure the brass nut you removed earlier.
To fit the cartridge with the faucet body, you have to align the tabs perfectly. Once it is in the position, push it gradually until it lays as earlier.
How to assemble a price Pfister two-handle kitchen faucet?
Your main task is complete. Now, you have to assemble the rest of the pieces. Take the retainer nut and tighten it in its place. Add the handle and place the set screw in the hole. Start working with Philips screwdriver to tighten the knob. If the set screw is under a lid, fit the cap on the knob to complete the procedure.
You have to repeat the same procedure for the other side. If you are replacing the cartridge after a long time, then it will be better to replace it on both sides at once. The other side might also be in the same condition, if not better.
From the above discussion, you will know replacing the cartridge in price Pfister dual handle kitchen faucet is an easy task. You can do it in an hour with passing acquaintances and tools. You will find most of the tools at your home if you are more into DIY activities. Just remember to find the compatible cartridge for your faucet model. You can take the old cartridge with you to the hardware store or take a picture, so the expert will know which cartridge you require.