One of the most hectic situations is experiencing a plumbing leak. And sometimes, it’s coming directly from your cartridge faucet. Instead of hiring a plumber, you can fix minor malfunctions yourself, but it depends upon the kind of cartridge you have.
If you’ve got your hands on a moen, you’re lucky because this guide is all about handling a moen 1224 cartridge replacement. The process is overall pretty simple once you analyse it.
Here’s how you can replace the old moen cartridge with a new one by just following these simple steps.
Ensure The Leak Is Coming From The Faucet
Before you dismantle all the components into the sink, you might want to double-check on the leak. There can be multiple reasons why you’re experiencing a plumbing leak. Take all new modifications into focus and determine if the faucet can leak.
Sometimes the faucet isn’t installed and decamps due to high water pressure. There’s a leak in the internal pipes erupting from the surface in multiple situations. You don’t need high functioning equipment to locate the source of leakage; a simple flashlight and long, thin stick of any kind will be enough to distinguish the leakage.
What Determines Faucet Replacement?
In multiple cases, there is a noticeable change in the water pressure that determines whether or not you need a faucet replacement. To identify such a cause, you can notice the regulating water pressure in other faucets or pipelines around the house before you decide to replace the existing one.
It’s often pretty evident that a faucet needs to be replaced because the pipeline either stops or has uneven water pressure throughout the usage. Once you determine a faucet malfunction, it’s time to move on to the cartridge replacement process.
Tools Needed For Faucet Replacement
As for a cartridge replacement, here are the tools you need.
- You must java a Channellock or two around your home. If you don’t know what that is, they go by another name called the tongue-and-groove pliers. They appear in a claw-like shape and have two handles for manual functioning.
- Next, you need hex keys, or Allen wrenches for the process. Since they come in multiple shapes and sizes, you must buy the ones made specifically for plumbing.
- A set of screwdrivers.
- Silicon plumber’s grease or any lubricant fit for the combining process is mandatory when you’re handling a faucet replacement.
Final Process Of Removal And Installment
- First, remove the cap covers of the faucet with the help of a screwdriver.
- Loosen the handle using a wrench and take it off.
- Next, loosen up the bracket visible to you and take off the white ring and stem washer.
- Once you locate the retainer nut, unscrew it and remove the faucet draped in a U-shaped clip.
- Install the new moen faucet by adding grease to attach the rubber parts.
- Attach the new cartridge in the previous clip carefully.
- Now reverse the order of removal for installation by attaching the handle; in the same manner, you removed it and placed the cap covers on it with the help of a screwdriver, wrench and some pliers.