One of the most popular kitchen faucets in America is the Moen single handle kitchen faucet. They have a wide variety of designs available, but all of them come under three basic constructions, using a Moen 1225 cartridge. The main problem you will encounter with these is a drippy faucet, or a leaky faucet and to fix a Moen kitchen faucet that leaks, simply replace the cartridge. Other problems include low water pressure, or a loose or broken handle.
Model designs included in this category are the Annabelle, Neva, Arbor, Renzo, Integra, Dorsey, Torrance, Adler, Muirfield, Banbury, Lindley, Chateau, Camerist, Legend, Caprillo, Extensa and more.
How to replace the 1225 cartridge on a Moen single handle kitchen faucet.
First, turn the water off under the sink, and make sure the water pressure is off by opening the Moen kitchen faucet. Then remove the handle by popping off the cover plate, and use a phillips head screwdriver to unscrew the set screw and pull the handle off. Certain models have to have the handle removed by a set screw underneath a small cover with an allen key, before you can access the screw that the holds the interior handle assembly onto the cartridge.
Moen Single Handle Kitchen Faucet Troubleshooting & Repair GuideOnce the handle and assembly are off, you will have to unscrew the finish cap and the rough internal cap. You should have full access to the 1225 cartridge now. Before you remove it you will have to pull the small brass retainer clip out the back of the faucet shank with needle-nose pliers or a small pick. Then use the moen cartridge removal tool or the white cap that comes with the new 1225 cartridge to break the cartridge loose and pull it out. Grease the new cartridge and insert into the faucet body. Reassemble the rough cap, the finish cap, handle assembly and finish handle and set screw cap. Turn on the water and youre good to go.
How to replace the handle on a Moen single handle kitchen faucet.
If the handle is broken, it usually the internal plastic handle assembly that broke off, and you will need to order the parts along with the handle itself. Sometimes the finish handle is actually ok, and you just need the internal plastic handle attachment assembly inside to be replaced.
How to fix Moen single handle kitchen faucet pressure problems.
If you are experiencing low pressure on your Moen single handle faucet, first you will want to check the aerator. The aerator is the small part that the water flows out through at the end of the spout. It usually has some sort of screens and can easily get clogged with rust or sediment. Unscrew the aerator using some pliers and tap it on a hard surface upside down to get the sediment out. Then rinse the aerator screen in some clean water and reattach it. If this doesnt solve the problem and the faucet is a pullout spray style, remve the pullout spray head and check the part of the spray head that attaches to the hose. There is flow restrictor and screen here to protect the spray head from debris and save water. Using a pick and rinsing the spray out,usually solves the problem.
The spray hose is leaking on my Moen kitchen faucet.
Install a new spray hose and head. You can buy these universally as a pack.
1) Remove the spray hose by turning counterclockwise from underneath the faucet.
2) Pull the hose out of its holder, and install a new spray hose and head.
3) Screw the new spray hose clockwise into the thread underneath the faucet.
If you have a pull out style spray hose, the spray head simply screws onto the hose at the back of the pullout head where it attaches to the hose.