A double handle kitchen faucet may be more time consuming to repair than a regular unit, but it doesn't have to be harder. Find out about double handle kitchen faucet repair with help from a home renovation contractor in this free video clip.
I'm Roger Bacon with RGB Renovations and this is how you repair a double handled kitchen sink. This one is an older style sink with two handles and one spout. There's all kinds of different kitchen sinks these days. Some only have one handle. This has two and that means each knob comes off separately. Take a small screwdriver and pry up the little cap that covers the screw and holds the handle down, set that aside. In fact, we're going to clog up the sink just in case we drop a part down in there, it won't go down the drain. If you look down in there you can see there's a screw head and this one is a Phillips Head so we use a different kind of screwdriver, put it right in there and hopefully it loosens up. If you've got an old sink sometimes these don't work. They're all rusted. This one is coming off okay. We've got that screw loose. Let's take it out and set it aside. Then we'll start lifting that handle off. These can be tricky. This one came off okay. We're lucky. Now, this is an escutcheon. So, we're going to use our trusty pliers and gently loosen that up. There we go. Too much pressure you can damage a thin metal or plastic escutcheon and you may have to replace it. This one's okay. Now we can see the valve. This one has a little bit of leaking right here. This is what turns when you've got your faucet handle on there, you can see that's turning. So what we're going to do now is turn off the water underneath the sink. Turn them off and with our handle on there, check to make sure it's off. Yep, water's off. Now we can take the actual faucet stem right out of there. With our pliers again we're going to gently loosen the next nut down. So many different kinds of sinks. These are all a little bit different but the principle is the same, some kind of metal or plastic nut holds a metal or plastic stem right inside that valve body and we just have to loosen it up and get it out. So this time we're going to pull up, gently. Now we've got our stem assembly out and by turning it you can see how it releases the water. So we've got several gaskets here which we're just going to replace this time, little O rings, pop those guys out, set those O rings aside and we'll look down inside and see if there's anything else we can see. Sometimes there's a different style of ceramic disc or rubber washers that actually control the flow of water. This one is all built in. So if this doesn't work we'll just get a whole new faucet and install it. Let's put our gaskets back together here. We'll wipe off a little bit of this corrosion that's formed around this part and notice that it has a small indexing tab which makes it only fit in one way which is handy. Tighten that back down. We'll put our escutcheon back on in case we ever have to take it off again it will be a little easier. Now this handle looks like it only goes on one way. It's got an indexed edge and if we put it back on there it should only fit down in one way. Looks like that's okay. We've got our screw, it goes right back down the center. It feels pretty good. We'll put our little plastic cap back on the top and push it down in and turn the water back on underneath the sink. There it comes. Now we turn it off, no more leaks. I'm Roger Bacon and this is how you repair a two handled sink faucet.