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.
If you are unsure email us picture of your tap together with as much information as you know e.g. brand name, to assist you. You can email all details to email@example.com
Tip: Take a picture of your own O Rings on your Spout before removing/replacing, to ensure that you replace like for like.
White PTF rings: Usually only the black rubber O Rings need to be replaced i.e. do not replace the White PTF Rings unless they are obviously damaged, 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.
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 or remove your grub screw (ensuring that you use correct size allen key because if you damage the head on your grub screw you might not be able to remove it. They are usually 2.5mm or 2mm.
- Pull the spout out of the body of the tap.
- Remove the two black “O” rings. You should not have to replace any of the white PTFE rings unless they appear broken or damaged. Please note: The larger ring has an intentional split to accommodate spouts with grub screws so that is not a fault/break.
- Fit new greased “O” rings. We would recommend that you use a lubricant that doesn’t cause rubber to perish if you wish to grease them first e.g Plumbers grease, washing up liquid. Do not use Vaseline, as Vaseline can cause rubber to perish. As sometimes the new rubber o rings can be damaged on installation and the tap will still leak.
- 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.
You can buy Allen Key Pack here if required.
This Blog Post here – Guide How to remove Kitchen Tap Spout – might also be of use.
If your Spout is still leaking at the base, please check that all rings have been properly fitted into their grooves.
Please check also for pin holes in the spout (Pinholes) as these can be missed and that could be the reason why your spout is leaking.You would have to replace the spout itself. Where this happens and you have already purchased the o ring kit from us, we deduct that (refund) it back against the cost of a new spout.
Here is an example of a worn spout that had pinholes:
PLEASE ALSO SEE OUR BLOG POST : REMOVING A KITCHEN TAP SPOUT
For replacing an O Ring Kit on a single lever Tap
See above guide if the location of your O Ring Kit is similar to a standard monobloc twin or tri lever tap e.g. straightfoward e.g like in this example here, the O Rings SP3527 are on the base of the Spout and the Cartridge SP1202 is in the body of the Tap.
It is not as straightforward if the o rings are placed below the cartridge, which makes it harder to access.
Where the O Rings are placed BELOW the cartridge (which is harder than where they are ABOVE the Cartridge) :
Here is a blueprint of one type of Single Lever Cartridge to illustrate what we mean – In this example below the O Ring Kit is code 1231R and the Cartridge is 1229R and it shows how far down the O Ring Kit is located in the Tap.