If your Kitchen Tap is dripping where the spout meets the base of the tap then usually a new set of O Rings should fix this problem.
Different Kitchen Taps take different O Rings so if you are not sure which set you require then a picture of your tap and as much information as you know about it i.e. brand name? or what information is stamped on the valve ? will help us identify which O Rings you require. You can email all details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that although we supply the complete O Ring Kit including white (plastic) O Rings that the manufacturer puts on your Spout, usually only the black rubber O Rings need to be replaced so you should just replace these first as per below and see if Tap is working fine i.e. don’t replace the white PTF Rings on your own spout unless damaged / broken as they are unlikely to require replacing even though they come with the O Ring Kit that you have purchased from us. If you do need to replace the white plastic O Rings, please ensure that you replace exactly in same position as before. e.g. if there is a gap / split in the White O Ring, this is to allow the grub screw to be screwed back in after and therefore it needs to be put back in the exact same position as was there originally.
If your O Ring Kit has surplus O Rings, don’t worry. Some of our Kits cover more than one Spout from the same manufacturer so just replace like for like.
Tip: Take a picture of your own O Rings on your Spout before removing / replacing , to ensure that you replace like for like.
Guide to Installation of new kitchen tap spout “O” rings:
- Turn off the hot & cold water supply under the sink unit.
- Unscrew the spout collar by hand.
- Pull the spout out of the body of the tap. Depending on the age of your spout it might be stuck. You need to be over the sink i.e. standing on something to lift it straight up as distinct from pulling it towards you in any way. We recommend that if you have difficulty removing the Spout after unscrewing grub screw (if there) and undoing ring (shroud / locking nut) if there and it still won’t come out you would be better off calling a plumber to prevent you damaging your Spout.
- Remove the two black “O” rings.
- Fit new “O” rings. You can use a lubricant that doesn’t cause rubber to perish if you wish to grease them first
- Gently push the spout into the body. Care must be taken when reinserting the spout into the body to ensure that the grub screw is located in the split of the white PTFE ring (where Grub screw is present). Where no Grub Screw present care must be taken to ensure that the black o rings remain in correct position because if they move your tap will continue to leak from this spot.
- Screw the spout collar, hand tight.
- Turn on the hot & cold water.
PLEASE ALSO SEE OUR BLOG POST : REMOVING A KITCHEN TAP SPOUT