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The frequent leakage through the faucet mainly happens due to a faulty cartridge that must be replaced. If you are also facing a similar issue, fix it by removing the old faucet cartridge and installing a new one.
Like other faucet companies, Delta Faucets have similar ways of fixing faucet issues. You can replace the Delta faucet cartridge by disassembling the components to remove defective parts and insert new and better ones.
You can learn about problems, solutions, and causes of a faucet dripping.
Usually, Delta tub or shower faucets require cartridge replacement for several reasons. Sometimes mineral deposition from hard water causes issues with the faucet, which you can fix by soaking the cartridge in the vinegar solution instead of replacing it.
In this guide, we have shared a step-by-step guide on how to replace Delta faucet cartridges with simple DIY hacks.
How To Replace Delta Faucet Cartridge? Step-By-Step
Though getting rid of mineral deposits from cartridges by soaking them in vinegar sounds great, a damaged cartridge isn’t easy to fix this way. If your Delta faucet cartridge is in really bad condition, the only solution is to replace it, which you can do by following ways.
Things You Will Need To Replace Delta Faucet Cartridge
Here are the following tools and materials you will need to start this DIY project for replacing the Delta faucet cartridge:
- Allen wrench
- Adjustable wrench
- Groove-joint pliers
- New seats and spring
- Cartridge puller
- Silicone grease
Step 1: Shut Off the Water Supply
- Before starting, shut off the water supply.
- Turn on the faucet or fixture to drain leftover water inside the pipes.
Step 2: Remove the Handle
If the faucet leaks through the spout, replace its seats and springs. If it leaks even after replacing the seats and springs, you must replace its cartridge too.
- Remove the faucet handle using a wrench.
- Unscrew the handle by holding the escutcheon, a flat plate around the handle.
Step 3: Unscrew Retaining Clips
- If your Delta faucet includes a chrome sleeve, you must unscrew it or pull it out.
- For this purpose, you can use a small-sized screwdriver and remove retaining clips.
Retaining clips are attached to the cartridge to fix it firmly in place.
Step 4: Remove the Old Cartridge
- Once the connections are removed, now remove the old cartridge using pliers.
- You can also use a special tool, such as a cartridge puller, for this purpose.
- If your Delta faucet has a tapered cartridge, you must fix a new one with the same compatibility. Therefore, note the orientation of the cartridge.
Step 5: Change Faulty O-Rings
After removing the cartridge, look for its condition. If it has excessive mineral deposition, put it inside the vinegar for cleaning. Because sometimes, we do not need to replace the entire cartridge as the issue can be present within O-rings. So, just replace them instead.
Replacing O-rings will prove more cost-effective and will resolve issues within minutes. However, before putting back the O-rings, rub them with a thin layer of silicone grease.
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Step 6: Install New Cartridge
- Install the new cartridge or one you have cleaned when all parts are cleaned.
- Put the retaining clip and fix the handle of the faucet and the escutcheon.
- Once fixed, run a water test to check if your faucet still leaks or if the issue resides somewhere else.
If there is no anti-scald valve in your faucet, you can replace a cartridge in an older valve with a new anti-scald cartridge. This will prove for longer as the scalding water can cause trouble to the faucet parts.
How Do I Find The Right Cartridge For My Faucet?
If your faucet shows signs of dripping water through the spout, making it difficult to adjust hot and cold water temperatures and mix hot and cold water lines, your faucet cartridge needs replacement.
To find the right cartridge, use a caliper to measure the one that fits your faucet. Also, measure the base tip from the seats to the splines.
To replace cartridges, you can get the Delta faucet repair kits from hardware stores at cheaper rates.
How Do I Identify My Delta Faucet Cartridge?
You can look for the supply line tap or model number attached to the package by UPC. You can also visit the online portal of Delta to identify your faucet cartridge model.
How To Remove Delta Faucet Stem?
Start with loosening the handle of the faucet with the help of a screwdriver or Allen wrench. Lift the handle from its position after unscrewing, and remove the faucet stem.
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Replacing the Delta faucet cartridge is simple and easy, requiring only a few tools and guidelines. You can get most of the tools inside the Delta faucet repair kit with useful accessories to fix issues without hiring a plumber.
However, if you get stuck or need help removing and installing the cartridge, you can call an expert to do the job for you. We hope the instructions we provided will help you complete this project without trouble.