Ceramic disk faucets typically have a wide cylindrical body and the water is
controlled with an up/down motion for volume and left/right motion to control
temperature. If you have a two-handle faucet and the handles turn 90 degrees,
you have either a ceramic disk or cartridge-type faucet.
Repairing a ceramic disk faucet is a project many homeowners who are handy
with a few basic tools can do themselves. If you’re not sure what type of
faucet you have, see if you can identify the brand and model. Take this
information with you to your local store to get the appropriate replacement
While you’re at the store, you can make your job even easier by picking up a
repair kit for your faucet. These kits have everything you need to replace all
the parts in your faucet at one time, so your repair will last even longer.
As you work on your faucet, be sure to take any actions recommended in the
instructions included with your faucet or repair kit.
Before You Begin
Clean out the cabinet and inspect the area where you will be working.
Block the drain opening with a cloth.
Air rushing through a ceramic disk can crack it, so follow the instructions
for turning on the water in Step 7 carefully.
Some faucets come with lifetime warranties on parts. Check with the
manufacturer for details.