I have a single handle Delta faucet in my kitchen that dispenses water
either all hot or all cold- no warm. I have replaced the springs and
washers and the ball that attaches to the handle. Have I done
something wrong in installation?
Assuming it didn't do that before you changed the springs and "washers"
(seals) I'd suggest that you make sure that the ball shaft is properly
oriented with respect to the faucet and handle.
There's a flat on the ball shaft which the setscrew in the handle should
tighten against. When the ball is properly oriented that flat should be
facing you as you face the faucet.
Check that out first.
I have checked the ball and it is seated correctly. When I put
everything back together it worked correctly for about 5 minutes. Now
it is back to only hot or cold.
How "springy" are the springs supposed to be? These are pretty stiff
and do not put the washers out any more than 1/8" above the surface of
The rubber washers that go over the top of the springs and ride against
the ball have two sides. One side is flanged out and the other side is
smooth and rounded. Which side is supposed to be agains the ball? The
directions in the repair package I bought do not specify.
Jeff Wisnia wrote:
On 2 Jul 2006 11:25:43 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Is this a plastic ball with a metal insert. Is the metal insert still
there? Why that would give this symptom I have no idea, but I always
wondered what would happen if the insert come out (seems it would give
the opposite problem from yours if anything.)
Does the handle move smoothly all over, every position? Sometimes
mine didn't but it would settle down after I moved it all over.
Unrelated story of my faucet:
After quite a few good years, i had endless problems with my Delta --
it wouldn't stop dripping -- bought new kit, bought bigger kit, put in
metal ball, called the company, they sent me a big kit, used that
Would have replaced it but I like the looks of Delta but was unwilling
to buy a second one. Eventualy hot dripped so fast, I had to turn off
the hot water.
Finally, walking from HD to Walmart along the driveway grass, found an
old Delta at the edge of the grass and some brush. Took it home and
saw the sprayer and hose were missing. Mine didn't have one. Priced
it on the web, 25 dollars or something. Went back the next day, found
the sprayer and hose near where I found the faucet. Harder to see
because it's not chrome. Installed the whole thing, works fine. What
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