I hope the information below will be of some help to you. Some Kitchen Taps handles can be a little different to take off.
If you are in any doubt about CHANGING a Kitchen Tap Valve – do contact a professional plumber. If you have the Franke Planar Tap we have some further tips here.
Check out the Tips and Tricks in our Kitchen Taps Troubleshooting Guide for other common Kitchen Taps Problems (with solutions).
If you don’t know which valve to order, please read our blog – I don’t know what valve I need to fix my dripping tap.
Just follow the 7 easy steps below to replace Kitchen Tap Valve
Make sure to turn OFF the hot and cold water supply to the Tap.Step 2
With a lot of Kitchen Taps the hot and cold indicators on the handles can be “popped” off with a screwdriver or unscrewed by hand. Here is a more detailed blog too How to remove the Handle on your Kitchen Tap.
Note: We would strongly recommend trying first with something small e.g very small glasses type screwdriver or your finger nail to avoid scratching the surface finish of your Kitchen Tap.
When these are removed you will be able to see a small brass screw in the centre of the handle. Unscrew this and you should be able to remove the handle. Where there is no indicator to pop off: check UNDERNEATH the handle as often the screw is there instead.
When the handle is removed there may still be a shroud (valve cover) covering the valve. This can be removed by either twisting off anti-clockwise OR there maybe a grub screw on the underside of this cover which you will remove with an allen key. Then the valve should be exposed. Also here is a more detailed blog How to remove the handle on your Kitchen Tap.
Perrin & Rowe recommend for their taps / Franke Triflow models: If you cannot remove the hood (shroud) that covers the valve due to build up of limescale – try soaking it for max 30 mins at a time in a solution of 50% lemon juice and 50% water. You can repeat this as often as required provided that in between you completely wash away the solution.
With the spanner loosen the brass Valve (this may be very tight in older kitchen taps so try some WD40 on the area if you have no luck). You loosen it anti-clockwise under the “splines” (the part the handle attaches to). It is there that (on the Nut part of the valve) that you attach a spanner or a wrench.
You screw a valve out ‘anti-clockwise’ – which means on a standard 2 lever tap where you pull both levers towards you to turn on, and push back up to turn off (and hot on the left and cold on the right – on the hot side you have to push away from you i.e. towards the wall behind the tap, and for the cold side to loosen the valve you would have to pull towards you and downwards to loosen the valve . [Note, to screw in a valve it goes in ‘clockwise’ which is the reverse of what you do to loosen the valves]. As you loosen the Valve some water may start to ‘seep’ out. Don’t panic. It’s just some water left in the tap chamber (P.S. some taps have a brass bush that surrounds the Valve and it may come out with it.
Replace the old Valve with your new Valve and tighten it into the body of the kitchen tap (You don’t have to over tighten).Step 6
Then all you have to do is replace the handle, re-tighten the small brass screw and replace your indicator.Step 7
Turn your mains water back on.