Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Leaky Faucet

Leaky Faucet

Our kitchen faucet was leaking in several ways:

  • water spraying out of the side of the arm when in use
  • water dribbling into the basin even when off
  • water leaking down underneath and running across the floor

I had first considered that the arm could just be super-glued to block the water spraying out the side, but with the faucet not shutting off properly and a leak below as well, I decided it was better to just replace the whole thing.  While searching for information, I discovered that this is not an uncommon problem -- apparently there was a poor quality early batch of these faucets.  I did find the Dometic 3313070.001 Galley Faucet on Amazon for $109 (as of June '17) which is the same model and make as the original.


The replacement went fairly well, except for a slight difference in the connection.

Once installed, the connection from the output of the water filter to the cold input tube was not sealing.  This turned out to be caused by a slightly larger inside diameter on the new connector as compared to the old one, which resulted in a gap even after the nut was tightened down all the way.  I was able to resolve this problem by adding a #11 O-Ring that I got from Home Depot, but it is also also available on Amazon as  Danco 80788 O-Ring Assortment, 14-Piece which you could order at the same time as the faucet should you need to do this repair.


Since replacing the faucet I've found no more water leaking, and am very happy with the results.

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