Peerless Kitchen Faucet Troubleshooting & Repair Guide

One of the most common household plumbing needs, is the troubleshooting and repair of the Peerless single lever kitchen faucet. Peerless Kitchen Faucet Peerless Kitchen Faucet Troubleshooting & Repair GuideThese are ball type faucets, and I have seen and repaired more of these faucets by far than any other faucet. If you know what you are doing, the troubleshooting and repair of a Peerless single handle kitchen faucet is quite easy and this guide will go through the troubleshooting process, step-by-step, to make your Peerless ball type single-lever kitchen faucet work like new again.

Before we start, you will need to have the following tools: A flashlight, some plumbers pliers, a basin wrench, an allen hex key set, some plumbers grease and flat head screwdriver.

Also make sure you know where to order some parts that you will need once you troubleshoot the problem with your Peerless kitchen faucet.

Peerless single handle kitchen faucet leaks from the handle.

If your Peerless single handle kitchen faucet is leaking from underneath the handle, you will have to replace the rubber cap seal on top of the Peerless faucet ball.

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Step 1) Turn off the water shutoff valves for the hot and cold underneath the sink, and turn on the faucet to relieve the pressure. If the faucet doesnt stop dripping, then you have a bad shutoff valve(s) and need to address that before continuing.

Step 2) Remove the handle by loosening the setscrew using an allen key. The setscrew is located on the front of the handle, underneath a small cover.

Step 3) Loosen and remove the assembly cap using a pair of pliers in counter-clockwise torque.

Step 4) Remove the plastic cap and the rubber cap, then install a new rubber cap and plastic cap.

Step 5) Reassemble the metal assembly cap, and make sure the internal brass or plastic packing ring is screwed down tightly.

This last step takes finesse. The rubber must be pushed down and the plastic cap carefully centered and installed with the small tab inserted into its recessed spot on the top of the faucet body.

Finally, while holding pressure down to keep the ball, rubber and plastic cap in place, screw the metal cap back on the top. There is a small tool for tightening the packing ring or you can use a butter knife to fit into the small slots. If the packing ring inside the metal assembly cap isnt tight, then the faucet may still leak at the handle.

Peerless Kitchen Faucet Troubleshooting & Repair GuidePeerless single handle kitchen faucet drips constantly from the spout.

If you have a drippy or leaky Peerless kitchen faucet, you will have to replace the springs and washers underneath the ball.

Step 1) Turn off the water shutoff valves for the hot and cold underneath the sink, and turn on the faucet to relieve the pressure. If the faucet doesnt stop dripping, then you have a bad shutoff valve(s) and need to address that before continuing.

Step 2) Remove the handle by loosening the setscrew using an allen key. The setscrew is located on the front of the handle, underneath a small cover.

Step 3) Loosen and remove the assembly cap using a pair of pliers in counter-clockwise torque.

Step 4) Remove the plastic cap, the rubber cap, the lever ball, and the 2 rubber cup washers and springs.

Now, simply get your new parts and re-assemble everything in the reverse order that you disassembled it. Installing the springs and washers is where many amateurs make mistakes. The springs go in the recessed holes first, with the narrow part of the spring facing up. Then the rubber cup washers go on top of the springs, with the cupped female side down surrounding the springs. It helps to use a small phillips screwdriver or an allen key to hold the springs and washers in place.

Peerless single lever kitchen faucet leaks from the base of the spout.

If your faucet is leaking from the base of the spout where it swivels, the o-rings are worn out.

1) Follow to above instructions in taking the faucet apart.

2) Once you get to the step where you have the metal cap assembly off, remove the spout by pulling it up while twisting it.

3) Once the spout is off, remove the o-rings and install new ones with some plumbers grease and reassemble the faucet.

The spray hose on my Peerless kitchen faucet isnt working right.

Try replacing the spray diverter. The diverter is located on the back of the brass faucet shank underneath the spout. Follow all the directions above for repairing a leak spout by replacing the o-rings. Once you have the spout off, remove the small cylindrical diverter from the back, and install a new one.

The spray hose is leaking on my Peerless 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.

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