How to Repair a Price-Pfister Faucet

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How to Repair a Price-Pfister Faucet
Repair your bathroom faucet today and save hundreds in service calls. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Repair your Price Pfister bathroom sink faucet in less than one minute. Sound too good to be true? It is with most faucets, but Price Pfister (now called just Pfister, according to the company's website) has created a bathroom faucet that can be rebuilt in less than a minute with no tools required. If you are not one of the lucky ones to have purchased one of these tool-free Price Pfister faucets, fear not --- you can still repair your own faucet in minutes.

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Things you need

  • Pliers
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Allen wrench
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Clean cloth
  • Silicone grease

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  1. 1

    Close the small hot- and cold-water shut-off valves connected to your Price Pfister faucet. The shut-off valves should be located directly under the faucet inside the cabinet or vanity base. Rotate the valve handles clockwise until they stop turning, usually three to four full turns by hand. You may need to use pliers to turn the valve handles if they are too tight to turn by hand. Open the faucet's handle(s) to alleviate the residual water and water pressure from the supply lines and faucet. If the water does not stop flowing, or dripping, from the faucet's spout, replace the water shut-off valves.

  2. 2

    Disassemble your Price Pfister faucet. Remove the faucets handle(s) using a Phillips screwdriver or Allen wrench, depending on your specific faucet design. Using an adjustable wrench, unscrew the bonnet retaining nut(s) that hold the faucet cartridge(s) in place. Pull the faucet cartridge(s) out of the faucet body with a pair of pliers. Wipe out the inside of the faucet body with a clean dry cloth.

  3. 3

    Reassemble and test your Price Pfister faucet. Apply a thin coating of plumber's silicone grease to the outside of the faucet cartridge(s) before inserting into the faucet body. The silicone grease will help to prevent corrosion and premature fixture failure. Seat the cartridge(s) in the faucet by aligning the cartridge guide, a small plastic knob on one or both sides of the cartridge, with the notch cut in to the top of the valve body. Reinstall the cartridge bonnet nut by hand, and then tighten firmly with your wrench. Reinstall your faucet's handles and secure them with the screwdriver or Allen wrench. Make sure the handle(s) align the correct position the open and close in the right direction. Turn the water back on slowly to prevent damaging the new cartridge(s). Open and close the faucet handle(s) several times to ensure proper operation. Look for water leaks around the base of the handle(s).

Tips and warnings

  • Use only original Price Pfister faucet parts to guarantee a successful faucet repair.
  • Do not over-tighten the faucet's bonnet nuts; you could easily ruin the bonnet nut threads.

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