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The faucets are at their head! In the form of buttons or cross, two or single rod, faucet heads sign lessimples mixers or hide in the mixers. What are their functions and how to replace them in the event of a leak. Follow the flow...

The faucet heads

The faucet heads

Button heads

Button heads remain the most common and accessible model. We find them most often at the head of the bathtub faucet, more rarely on that of the washbasins. Mounted on a mixer, the right button delivers cold water, the one on the left the hot water. Disadvantage, you have to dose the flow manually, until the correct temperature is reached. This involves letting it run for a few minutes. The result is waste of time and little waste.

Advantage, it is very easy to change button heads or replace the seals, in case of leakage. Steps to follow... Turn off the water before disassembling the heads. When they are equipped with one red and the other blue, it is enough to use a knife blade or a small screwdriver to remove them. If your faucet does not have a removable pad, the head is simply nested. Disassembly is then performed by exerting a strong traction.

Once the head is removed, the faucet body is bare. Just clean it and replace the new head by screwing it and apply the appropriate pellet. Do the same to replace a gasket. This one fits between the body and the head. That's it, your mixer has a second life!

Single stem head

Mixing taps have a single rod or handle. It is moved up to determine the flow and from right to left to set the temperature. On the right, cold water, on the left, hot water and temperate water in the middle. The advantage of this system, a little more expensive to purchase, is to obtain immediately and effortlessly water at the desired temperature.

These mixers work with a ceramic head: a mechanism of great precision, not very sensitive to limestone and wear. This mechanism is enclosed in a cartridge that must be extracted. An operation a little more complex than the change of button heads, but to achieve much less often.
Remember to turn off the water at the main shutoff valve. Then disassemble the rod or control lever that gives access to the hubcap. Remove it in turn to reach the nut locking the cartridge. Unscrew this nut to release the old one and insert the new cartridge. Proceed in reverse to reassemble the assembly. Count around 35 € per cartridge.

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