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SMR Ceramic Disc Valve 28 Splines 3561R



SMR Ceramic Disc Valve 28 Splines 3561R

Please read below before ordering as you might require a different valve seal based on your Tap age or Type.

If your Tap is dripping from the Spout then you might need to change your Valves and you need to match at a minimum, the number of splines on your old valve to your new valve.  If you don’t know which Valve you need, here is a link to the most common valves that we sell.   Here is our Guide 7 Easy Steps to replace Kitchen Tap Valve.  If your Tap is dripping where the Spout meets the Base you might need to replace your O Ring Kit. See below for further information.


All our valves referred to here are Genuine and will be stamped San Marco / SMR just like your own. If you have a bridge mixer lever tap there is a further piece of information to read down below before ordering as well.

The 3561R has been used in many taps over the years but seals have been modified or Taps have been modifed during many years of production. The the following information is here to assist you to purchase the older valve type (with white seal) for certain Tap ages, or specific Taps. Where your Tap is 2013 or newer, other than the Maya Tap, then you can purchase the 3561R coloured (red / blue) seal option. If in doubt, then just select the White sealed option.

A Hot Valve opens Clockwise. This is listed as Hot Red or Hot White
A Cold Valve opens Anti-clockwise. This is listed as Cold Red or Cold White

  • If your own Valve has a white seal, then you need to purchase the ‘White’ sealed version.
  • If your own Valve is stamped SAN MARCO, purchase the ‘White’ sealed version.
  • If your own Valve has red or blue seal, BUT is 2012 or older, you need to purchase the ‘White’ sealed version.
  • If you have the Franke Olympus, you need to purchase the ‘White’ sealed version.
  • If you have the Maya Tap, you need to purchase the ‘White’ sealed version.
  • If you are unsure BUT your own valve has some version of the 3561R, buy the ‘White’ sealed version.
    Or you can email sales@tapsandsinksonline.co.uk for advice (but please include some information about your own tap e.g. picture, approx age etc).

    SMR Ceramic Disc Valve 28 Splines 3561R

    Nut Height: 8, Splines: 28, Overall height: 53mm, Diameter at thread: 21mm
    It can be a common enough problem that when you remove your Kitchen Tap Valve it looks different than the valve in the picture (or the Valve that you purchased from us). It is most likely because the brass bush is still attached.

    3561R Valve and Brass Bush 3868R separate

    3561R Valve and Brass Bush 3868R separate

    Here is the same Valve stuck inside the Brass Bush

    3561R Valve surrounded by Brass Bush 3868R

    3561R Valve surrounded by Brass Bush 3868R


    If the Valve is stuck inside the Brass Bush then you can buy the Bush as well.  See below for link to purchase. You can try and separate them but if you damage the Bush then your Tap will drip.  

    This Valve comes with different Brass Bushes, the most common ones are

    the 3868R with recess and the 3886R with lip shown below. If your brass bush is different, then contact us.

    For tips on how to separate a Valve from a Brass Bush, see here.

    3561R Valve in Tap with Handle Removed. Wide Part is Bush surrounding Valve that may or may not come out stuck to the valve.

    3561R Valve in Tap with Handle Removed. Wide Part is Bush surrounding Valve that may or may not come out stuck to the valve.

    Provided your Tap has been plumbed correctly i.e. that the levers are extended horizontally when Tap in OFF position (and the Hot feed is on the left and the Cold feed on the right), then please note the following:

    The norm in Industry when referring to Cold or Hot Valves usually means that a Clockwise Opening Valve is known as a Hot Valve (CO) and an Anti-clockwise (ACO) Valve is known as a Cold Valve. However, in a Bridge Lever Tap where the Levers operate Horizontally rather than Vertically, the oppposite applies (provided your Tap is plumbed as described above). This means that you would need our 'Hot CO' Valve for the Cold Feed and a 'COLD ACO' for the Hot Water Feed. If in doubt, remove your own valves first and order the same i.e if your own Valve has a blue seal, order the Cold ACO Valve. If your own Valve has a red seal, order the Hot CO Valve. If your own Valves have white seals, then the COLD ACO valve will have NO nick on the nut, whereas the HOT CO valve will have a nick on each side of the 6 sided nut below the splines. If still in doubt, order a Pair. . Please see here an example of a Bridge Lever Tap and note that the Hot Valve is on the Cold Side and the Cold Valve is on the Hot Side. bridge lever valves with CO AND ACO Symbols

    This is a Genuine Spare Part.

    Parts might be modified by the manufacturers as part of their continual improvements. We cannot always guarantee that a part will fit an older version of a product. All spare parts that do not fit can be returned for a refund excluding shipping costs.

    Brexit will have no financial impact on our GB customers once your Order is less than £135.

    There will be No Vat on Imports, No Customs Charges, No extra or hidden charges once your Total Order is less than £135.  We will remind you again about this at the Checkout stage before you complete (pay) for your Order.  For further details please see our Brexit section here.

    Shipping Costs (P&P):

    Post (Not trackable) £2/£3.50 / Courier (Trackable) £5/£7:   We make no profit from Shipping (what we charge for Couriers does not even cover full cost).  For very small items: Screws, O Ring Kits, Aerators & some Bushes, we Post (£2/£3.50) .   Where we Post, and you have been incorrectly charged Courier Rate £5/£7, we will refund the excess shipping charge to you.  Some Bushes due to size cannot be posted.  Shipping costs include VAT and costs of packaging.  If you do not want a small item posted, but would prefer it to be Couriered, please email us when you have placed your order as you might be required to pay an additional charge to cover the increased Shipping Costs.  

    Shipping Times (Prevent unnecessary delays - Put in correct details at Checkout) :

    ROI / NI approx 2 days delivery by Courier (Post might take longer).  GB: Due to new Brexit rules, items going to GB are taking longer than previously.  This is outside of our Control.   It currently takes approx 1 week for goods, once dispatched with DPD, to be delivered.   It will take longer by Post.  Click here for more detailed information about all Shipping & Returns. For UK Offshore Islands:

    Where we Ship to ?:

    We are currently only shipping to England, Scotland, Wales, NI and ROI. We are currently unable for logistical & customs reasons to ship to Channel Islands, Isle of Man or any Isles off mainland GB. All we can suggest is that you might be able to have the Order shipped to GB and from the there get it shipped on to your own address if it is one of the destinations that we currently do not ship to.


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