It is possible to call a plumber whenever water flows from your tap, not overlapping completely, only if you do not know how to use the tools at all. In all other situations, if you have a single-lever crane in your apartment (and they are gaining more and more popularity in our country due to their beautiful ergonomic shape and relatively low cost), you can cope with the problem yourself. For this, it is only necessary to know how to replace the cartridge in the mixer.
In addition, it should also be remembered that the cartridge in such a tap cannot be repaired, and you will have to replace it with a new one. In order not to sit without water for several hours (during this time you should have time to go to the store and buy the cartridge you need there), it is better to purchase it in advance.
Differences in cartridges from different manufacturers
Depending on the manufacturer of the cartridge, their replacement method may differ, as they have a different design. Consider the most common brands of mixers:
Regardless of the brand of the mixer and its components, it is important to remember that they do not last forever. Sooner or later they will need to be repaired. Therefore, to have an idea of how to change the cartridge is very important if you do not want to spend money on expensive service.
Cartridge Replacement Guide
The only thing to consider when buying a particular mixer , so this is the presence of replaceable cartridges in our country. Otherwise, if you have to order this item from the official distributor, it can be quite expensive, and wait for delivery for a long time.
Cartridge for single-lever mixer is made of 2 types:
If we speak for the ball cartridge, it adjusts the hot / cold water. So it will be easy for you to adjust its comfortable temperature. Due to its design and shape, it is less sensitive to polluted and hard water.
The principle of its operation is as follows: water enters the ball through a spring-loaded teflon seat and two supply channels. Inside the ball a stream of hot and cold water is stirred, and then it goes outside.
Replacing the cartridge
The ball is very sensitive to corrosion. This is one of the main drawbacks of the spherical cartridge device. In addition, Teflon seals wear out quickly due to chlorinated water.
Another cartridge option is ceramic. It consists of two washers (plates), which are made of aluminum oxide. Water should not leak between these plates. Such cartridges can last for about 10 years without disruption.
This device is used in shower cubicles. He distributes water to the shower watering can. The cartridge is located in the diverter. If a breakdown occurs, the diverter will need to be replaced. If it is installed in the kitchen or bath, the principle of replacement is described in this article.
Disassemble the mixer using one screwdriver will not work, so you should start work only if you have a adjustable (pipe) or adjustable wrench. The screwdriver should be small and you can use a hexagon instead.
Before you begin disassembling the tap is necessary to overlap both cold and hot water, since it is impossible to replace the cartridge in the mixer with running water without flooding the room and those living on the floors below.If even after you close the corresponding valves, water continues to flow from the tap, you will still have to use the help of plumber who can turn off the water in the riser passing through all the floors of your entrance. After that, you can begin to replace the cartridge.
The principle of replacing the cartridge, which is also applicable in the shower cabin, is described below.
Color plug of the mixer
Removed mixer lever
Cartridge replacement scheme
Installing a new
After you replace the cartridge in the mixer, open the blocked water valves and make sure the crane is working. Check not only whether water flows from the tap, but also the presence of hot and cold water, as they are supplied through different pipes.
Below you can watch a video lesson on cartridge replacement:
Assembly scheme of the single-lever mixer
Spherical cartridge device
Mixer with ceramic cartridge
Mixer device with one lever