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Leaking Faucet Handle? Your Faucet May Have a Bad O Ring

The O ring sits between parts in your faucet to seal the water so your faucet doesn't leak. The O ring needs to be lubricated, so if you have a leaking faucet handle or the handle doesn't move as smoothly as it used to, you may have a worn out, bad o ring on your hands.

How Do Bad O Rings Come About?

The O rings sit in the cracks and crevices between parts in your faucet to keep water sealed in. Over time, they may wear and tear, and eventually begin to crack themselves. With a bad O ring, water can leak out of your faucet through those cracks.

How to Check For a Bad O Ring

  • Using a towel or dry cloth, wipe down the counter and area around the faucet so that there's no water left on the surface.

  • Turn the faucet on and look closely for water leaking around the spout and handle areas. If it's leaking from the side of the faucet, there's an issue with the O-rings.

Other Issues

If the O-ring seems fine, consider other causes of leaky faucets.

What To Do If You Have Bad O Rings?

If you’ve confirmed that you have bad O rings, you'll need to replace them with new ones that can seal in the leak.

If replacing them didn’t work and your faucet's still leaking, you’re likely dealing with a larger problem that calls for a plumber's expertise. You can reach out to our Remote Assist expert for a virtual diagnosis!

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