7 easy steps to replace Kitchen Tap Valve

Replace kitchen tap cartridge in 7 easy steps

REPLACE KITCHEN TAP VALVE IN 7 EASY STEPS

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

 
Step 1

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.

Removing Indicator from Tap Handle to access screw underneath.

Removing Indicator from Tap Handle to access screw underneath.

Removing Handle by Loosening the grub screw underneath with an Alen Key

Removing Handle by Loosening the grub screw underneath with an Allen Key

 
Step 3

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.

Shroud still covering the Valve which also needs to be removed.

Shroud still covering the Valve which also needs to be removed.

Twisting off Shroud covering the valve (or remove if there is a grub screw underneath that you will loosen wiht Alen Key).

Twisting off Shroud covering the valve (or remove if there is a grub screw underneath that you will loosen with Allen Key).

Shroud removed exposing Valve.

Shroud removed exposing Valve.

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.

 
Step 4

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.

If this happens you can order a brass bush from our Taps spares section on our store or email me directly. Here is our guide to removing a Brass Bush Removing Brass Bush Ring from Valve

Remove Valve with adjustable Spanner (gripping the Nut underneath the Splines)

Remove Valve with adjustable Spanner (gripping the Nut underneath the Splines)

Franke Eiger Tap Valve inside Brass Bush

Example of Valve stuck inside Brass Bush

 
Step 5

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.

 
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56 Comments

  1. tony coots October 19, 2015

    Hi. I just need a pair of silicon washer gasket inserts to stop a drip from my Franke Olympus mixer tap. The valve has ‘san marco 2006’ stamped on it. Can you supply or do you have a suggestion?
    Regards.

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    • Alice October 19, 2015

      Hi Tony
      we can supply the replacement valves that you need (genuine spare parts) . We don’t supply ‘parts’ of valves. You just have to establish if the drip is coming from the hot or cold side – so try running the hot water and then turn off and see if your drip remains hot (then most likely the hot valve) or if it turns cold then most likely the cold.
      If you click here it will bring you to the Franke Olympus Valves that you need.
      Alice

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  2. Howard November 21, 2015

    I have a replacement valve for the Franke Zurich tap, however, the brass bush has come out when I unscrewing it. Wasn’t sure how to remove this and replace the valve. Is this recommended or should I change both. If so how do you remove the bush?

    Thanks

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    • Alice November 21, 2015

      HI Howard

      In our Helpful Tips Section We have compiled blogs on many topics to help problems such as the one you are having. These are in the ‘How to’ Section. here is a link to our blog: Removing Brass Bush Ring from Valve

      If you cannot separate your valve from your brass bush then your only option is to buy the brass bush.

      and here is a link to the brass bush that goes with this valve (but please compare yours to the pictures as parts can be modified over the year in production and the brass bush is not a part actually specified in any tech spec sheet). https://www.tapsandsinksonline.co.uk/product/35mm-brass-bush-3408r/

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  3. nick May 3, 2016

    Caple lam2 tap – do you know how the ceramic cartridge is held in place/removed as there is no thread on the cartridge?

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    • Alice May 5, 2016

      Hi Nick, I have inserted some pictures into this blog now as I am not sure if you are asking about the shroud part that also has to be removed. This piece also covers the valve and also has to be removed once you have removed the handle. The shroud can be either twisted off, anti-clockwise, or if there is a grub screw underneath, you would loosen this with an allen key. This will leave the valve exposed for you to remove it and see our blog above for instructions on these steps. If this is not what you are asking, can you email a picture of where you are stuck in the process to sales@tapsandsinksonline.co.uk

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  4. David Bloy July 9, 2016

    Thanks for this ‘How to’ – it really helped

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    • Alice July 23, 2016

      You’re welcome ! Glad that it helped you.

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  5. Nick October 6, 2016

    Hi, bought new cartridges from you for my Alba tap. Can’t see how to remove the lever end hot or cold caps to get at interior. Have tried prying off and attempting to unscrew them but they seem to be very slightly smaller diameter than the lever body. Any suggestions? Are they screw off or pop off? Getting a bit frustrated.

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  6. Julian Gawthorpe December 3, 2016

    After replacing the cold valve I found limescale has worn the cold handle splines so it won’t grip the valve splines. Any ideas the get a decent grip. The grub screw won’t hold the tap enough.

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    • Alice December 5, 2016

      Hi Julian
      In this case, if the splines inside the handle itself are worn you would be best placed to replace the handle as well. If you tell me what Tap is was that you purchased the valve for, I can see if we have a replacement handle here in stock. Email details to sales@tapsandsinksonline.co.uk.

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  7. Philippa December 18, 2016

    Hi there,

    I need to replace the valves for my Franke Zurich tap and have taken the hot and cold buttons off and unscrewed but the handles still won’t come off. Any suggestions as to what I am doing wrong?

    Thanks in advance of your help!

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    • Alice December 19, 2016

      Hi Philipa its just possible that the handles have seized on the valves due to debris etc in the water over time.
      You need to turn off her water, apply a lubricant oil or WD40 etc around the joint of the handle, then cover the handle in a cloth. From there you need to turn the handle to “on” and apply reasonable force to pull it off. You could tap it with the likes of a mallet or back of a nail punch etc. This should remove it.

      We always advise: if in doubt please contact a plumber.

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  8. john lazenby December 29, 2016

    Hi, my franke eiger mixer tap in my kitchen is dripping from the cold handle! Any ideas, is this still just a valve replacement ?
    Yes, as per our Blog Link Kitchen Mixer Tap is leaking from the Handle. Here is the link to the Franke Eiger Kitchen Tap Valve. Take note regarding the Brass Bush as well. What would be useful is if you were to remove your own Valve prior to ordering and that way you would know whether or not you require the Brass Bush as well. If you don’t want to do this / it will be a plumber, then you could also order the Brass Bush (as this is one Tap that the Brass Bush often comes out stuck to the Valve) as any unused parts can be returned within 28 days for a full refund excluding shipping costs. Kind regards, Alice.

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  9. Delphine January 10, 2017

    Hi. when I turn on any of the three taps on my Franke modern triflow tap, water comes out of both the filtered water and unfiltered water spouts. They do not drip when the taps are in the off position. Do the valve(s) need replacing? If so, which ones (or is there only one)? Is this something I would be able to do myself? I have successfully changed the O seals but would not call myself a very competent DIYer. Many thanks for any replies

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    • Alice January 13, 2017

      Dear Delphine here is the link to the Franke Modern Triflow Tap Valves. If you click on this link it will take you into the Valve to purchase it. You need to order the Cold Valve but I can’t tell you whether it is the Cold Filtered or Cold Mains (only someone who can isolate each feed separately and then test again for a drip would know that). It could be either valve or both. Any parts unused can be returned within 28 days for a full refund excluding shipping costs. Our shipping and returns details are on the product details.

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  10. Mike February 3, 2017

    I’m following your instructions in trying to replace a leaking valve on my Franke Filterflow Doric but there do not appear to be grub screws to unscrew in order to remove the tap handle? Does this mean the handle should just slide off – I am wary of attempting to force it. Please advise.

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    • Alice February 3, 2017

      There should be a grub screw at the back of the base of the spout. Its on the installation guide.

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  11. a plumpton February 6, 2017

    Can I get spares /replacement for BROWN FRANKE single outlet H&C 2 tap fitting

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  12. Mike February 9, 2017

    Hello again Alice, Further to our conversation on 3 Feb: The tap is a pre-2011 Franke Triflow Doric with plain chrome shrouds (no grub or Allen screw). According to the Franke tipsheet to access the valves these shrouds should simply unscrew, together with the tap handles. However the shrouds are seized and cannot be unscrewed. An engineer from my original kitchen installer cannot shift them either a) by hand with rubber gloves to give more grip or b) by gentle use of a ‘Mole grip’ style wrench over a cloth to protect the chrome. You will understand that he and I are reluctant to apply more force. Do you have any advice? Should we consider gently heating the shroud eg with hot air? As a last resort are new shrouds available should mechnical force be needed? Meanwhile the valve is still leaking…

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    • Alice February 9, 2017

      Hi Mike, I contacted the manufacturer of your Tap. Their advice if it is limescale is to soak it in a solution of 50% lemon juice and 50% water for max of 30 mins at a time. You can repeat this as often as you need provided that in between, you wash away the solution. If you damage the handle of the shroud (hood) I could get the spare parts for you. Kind regards Alice

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    • Alice March 7, 2017

      Dear Mike, have you tried the lemon / water solution that the manufacturers of the tap recommended ? I also know that TTOil can penetrate far better than WD40 but I would try what the manufacturers of this Tap recommend themselves first. Can you let me know how it goes? I can also find out if Shrouds are available and revert to you on this one too.

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  13. Louise Jones March 3, 2017

    Hello,
    I have a Franke Md Olympus Minimalist Tap Ss (brushed). It is 3.5years old and is dripping from the spout. Please could you advise on the valve ( brush?) part that I will need to replace, I would like to order the parts and get it sorted ASAP as it is very annoying !

    Thanks so much for your help,
    Louise

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    • Alice March 3, 2017

      Dear Louise – is this the Tap that you refer to here ? My Franke Olympus Tap is dripping. This will cover all the parts that are needed and give you links to them. If your Tap is dripping from the Spout it usually means replacing a valve – Hot, Cold or Both. Also watch out for the Brass Bush which is a part that the valve sits into inside the Tap. It can often come out WITH the Valve as if it is one part (whereas in fact it is two separate parts i.e. Valve and Brass Bush). If your valve looks fatter than the valve ordered, that would be the case. There are pictures of this on the blog post as well as on the Valve Products. We recommend that customers remove their own valve prior to ordering to see whether or not they also need to replace the bush as well (to save on unnecessary shipping charges). Any unused spare parts can be returned and on every product is a link to our Shipping / Returns policy in detail.  This Blog Post How to tell which Valve needs replacing : Hot or Cold? might help.

      How to Order:
      Please Order via our Store Online. We ship thousands of spare parts daily and we have found that we can offer you, our valued customer, a more efficient and fast service if you purchase from us Online (i.e. via Our Store). This ensures that you receive the correct Order as quickly as possible. You can pay by Card or PayPal. Whichever is the most convenient for you. Here is the link to our Shipping / Returns section on our website if you have any queries : https://www.tapsandsinksonline.co.uk/shipping-returns/

      Our Returns Policy:
      We offer a 28 days return No Quibbles Policy. For more information here is the link to our Shipping / Returns Policy in our Store:
      https://www.tapsandsinksonline.co.uk/shipping-returns/

      Terms and Conditions: You will find these here
      https://www.tapsandsinksonline.co.uk/terms-and-conditions/

      Yours sincerely

      Alice

      Customer Care
      Taps and Sinks Online Sales Office

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  14. mr arthur stokes March 9, 2017

    need to replace valves on my Franke Ascona tap but the valves have two flat sides and it is almost impossible to get a spanner in and apply enough pressure .any removal tips ?

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    • Alice March 9, 2017

      Dear Arthur, yes this Valve can be tricky to remove. You could try a mechanics long socket and ratchet tool to remove the Valve from this Tap OR Or we have a specially designed SP3308 Valve Removal Tool tool

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  15. Brian Oldham March 11, 2017

    Hi Alice,
    Our Franke Triflow Mini System Filter tap started dripping some weeks ago. It looks like I need to fit a replacement valve kit FR 9495. However, before I order it I feel I need to know how to remove the old one and replace the new. I have got as far as removing the handle leaving the existing valve unit exposed. However, I cannot see how to remove the splined plastic piece from the metal unit – giving access to the nut. It looks as if an 18mm socket will do the trick – but mine is not long enough with the plastic in place. Can you suggest anything? (I have tried pulling it off with grips!)
    Thanks Brian

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    • Alice March 12, 2017

      HI Brian – can you take a picture – several – of where exactly you are stuck – and I will do my best to assist you. Kind regards Alice p.s. mark the pictures FAO Alice – and take them where you get as far as you have described above.

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  16. John Connor March 13, 2017

    Hi
    I have just received my Maya kitchen tap valves but I cannot get the brass bush of the old ones, is there a knack any advice would be appreciated

    Kind regards
    John

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  17. Darren Maskell March 21, 2017

    Hi I cannot get enough grip on the small hex area that is on show to enable me to remove the valve its so hard and tight

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    • Alice March 21, 2017

      Dear Darren if you are referring to the 3308R (SP3308) Valve, this Valve can be tricky to remove. You could try a mechanics long socket and ratchet tool to remove the Valve from your Tap OR we have a specially designed SP3308 Valve Removal Tool tool

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  18. Kieran May 30, 2017

    Hello

    Have been trying to remove the leaking cold tap valve cap from a Franke Ascona tap but cant find the right size allan key. Can you help ?

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    • Alice June 1, 2017

      HI Kieran, its a 2mm Allen Key. Alice

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  19. Malcolm July 30, 2017

    Hi, I’m trying to remove the handle on my franke eiger tap and I need to know the size of the Allen key I need.

    Thanks

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    • Alice July 30, 2017

      HI Malcolm, it’s usually 2mm for the grub screw on the handles and 2.5mm for the grub screw on the o ring kit. We have Allen key packs that contain both which you can order here to cover all sizes in case the manufacturer has made any modifications.

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  20. maria Rigas August 5, 2017

    Hi i have a Franke wave pull out mono mixer kitchen tap . Its 2 and a half year old. Its dripping and my concern is that i am on a water meator . Can you help i know nothing whatsoever anout plumbing . My brother in law says i may judt have to buy a new one . This tap is advertised as having a five year guarantee. I cant find the psperwork , my partnrt dealt eith it and had passed away. I would be grateful for any advise you give ad i really like this tap .

    Thank you in advance

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    • Alice August 7, 2017

      I have emailed you directly.

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  21. Richard August 20, 2017

    Hi Alice
    I have an Oberon tap. I am trying to remove the cartridges to repair or renew. I can easily remove the handles but am unable to remove the shrouds. I cannot find any small retaining screws but before I use force I need confirmation that there are no screws to remove. Is it just a case of patience with the lemon juice trick,

    Richard

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    • Alice August 22, 2017

      Dear Richard, here is the excerpt from the Oberon Installation Guide
      “Remove Boss A (valve cover) by unscrewing in an anticlockwise direction from Valve C, once free pull off.”. I will email you the complete instructions. As with everything, we always recommend that if in doubt, contact a Plumber. Alice

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      • Richard September 1, 2017

        Alice

        Many thanks

        All resolved now

        Richard

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  22. Bryan Stokes September 22, 2017

    I have removed the handle on my Franke Ascona tap, but it is clear that I need to remove the shroud before I can get any spanner on the valve. How can I remove the shroud please?

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    • Alice September 22, 2017

      HI Bryan
      There is no shroud. You should be able to see your valve once you remove the handle. If your Tap has the original mini valve SP3308, it has two flat sides, and there is a removal tool to remove it. If you have the later 6 sided valve, the SP3794, then you shouldn’t even need this tool. Please note that the SP3308 has been discontinued and has been replaced by the 6 sided mini valve, SP3794 (or 3794R). So when you order the Ascona Valve, this is the Valve that you will receive. This is a change made by the Franke Ascona Tap manufacturer.

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      • Bryan Stokes September 23, 2017

        Thank you. However, there is a snag, What you say is true of the latest Ascona model but older models have an extended shroud that hides most of the valve making it impossible to get a purchase on the valve. I have decided to go for a new tap!

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        • Alice September 23, 2017

          HI Brian
          do you want to email me a picture of what you are referring to. If we think that it can be sorted by using the tool 4013R – cheaper option than replacing a Tap, I will get back to you. I dont see any shroud listed in the Ascona Installation guide.
          Alice

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  23. Chris F October 10, 2017

    Hi,

    I’ve got a Franke Bern Tap that is leaking from the tap. The cold doesn’t appear to be shutting off. I’ve removed the handle to expose the valve, I’ve been thinking of buying the valve from you guys, will I need anything else for this job?

    Its definitely the cold valve leaking as I’ve turned off the valve under the sink and its stopped dripping. Many thanks

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    • Alice October 10, 2017

      Hi Chris , depending on whether you have the original valve SP3308, which has two flat sides on the valve, then you might require the SP3308Removal Tool 4013R. If you have the later six sided valve SP3794, then you won’t require this tool. Here is the link to the Franke Bern Tap Valve. All our Franke Spare Parts are genuine.

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      • Chris October 10, 2017

        Thanks Alice, I have ordered one from yourselves. I managed to remove the old one this morning and attempted to clean it up by removing the lime scale. It has made an improvement but it\’s still dripping slightly. Thanks for your help.

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        • Alice October 10, 2017

          You are very welcome. Here is a troubleshooting guide that might be of help to you when fitting the new valve. Mind that you don’t overtighten it. Some Tap manufacturers recommend tightening by hand and only to tighten the last 1/4 turn with a spanner.

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  24. Michael N October 17, 2017

    Hi Alice hope you can help
    We have a Franke Kubus Filterflow fitted 2008 which has been dripping from the spout end-no sign of leakage from the tap barrels. The washer in the splashguard is wrecked so my question is would that be responsible for the leakage problem or will it be in one of the valves? If valves then am I correct in thinking that the tap handles have to be unscrewed (they act as a grub screw?) but then how do the tap and shroud get separated from valve itself?
    Hope you can point me in the right direction many thanks

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    • Alice October 17, 2017

      HI Michael, if your tap is 2008 then its more likely that you have the Kubus Triflow (not filterflow). I am going to email you on the installation guide and see if that helps. If it doesnt, email me back and I will contact the manufacturer – let me know exactly where you are stuck once you have read / tried the installation guide. Also usually the spout dripping does mean the valve but you also have 3 valves so it could be any of them. Ideally you would stop the feed into each of them in turn to isolate which one is dripping. Take a look at the installation guide and see how you get on. The Aerator is not designed to stop the Tap dripping.

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  25. Mike Tooze October 26, 2017

    Hi I have a Perrin and Rowe Phoenician 4460 in pewter I am trying to replace the ceramic disc valve, but cannot get to it can you help in telling me how to do this.
    Many thanks

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    • Eoin October 27, 2017

      HI Mike
      I have emailed you the guide to changing the valve in your Phoenician Tap. Alice

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  26. Andrew Walker November 1, 2017

    Carron Phoenix Victoria tap dripping. Website suggests whole valve needs to be replaced. Surely a replacement washer is all that’s needed?

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    • Alice November 1, 2017

      Hi Andrew, it depends on where your tap is dripping from but we do recommend, if dripping from the spout , to replace the valve, Cost £14. I don’t know what you mean by replacement washer ? We believe that it is prudent to replace the entire valve which includes rubber seals and ceramic dics inside it as you don’t know which part of the valve has been worn. The manufacturers of these taps concur as they do not supply ‘parts’ for valves, but supply the entire valve as one part.

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