Compression faucets are typically older faucets with separate hot and cold
handles. The handles turn up to 360 degrees and rise just a bit when turned to
the on position.
Repairing a compression 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 parts.
Compression faucets typically leak because of worn washers or damaged valve
seats. You can fix these problems yourself by replacing the O-rings. Because
O-rings come in several sizes, plan to take the O-ring you’re replacing to the
store to match it. To avoid a trip to the store in the middle of your project,
you may find it more convenient to pick up a variety pack of O-rings and
washers commonly used in faucet repairs before beginning your project. 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.
Special tools like a handle puller may also come in handy.
Before You Begin
Block the drain opening with a cloth.
Never reuse an old washer. Purchase a universal kit of O-rings or a faucet
repair kit beforehand and prevent a trip to the store in the middle of your
Some faucets have packing string between the stem and the restraining nut. If
so, replace it before reassembling your faucet.
Some faucets come with lifetime warranties on parts. Check with the
manufacturer for details