Asked on Jan 28, 2018

Why does my cold water handle leak every time I turn on my hot water?

by Tom

When I turn on the hot water tap on my faucet, cold water leaks but not vice versa. Does anyone know why this is happening and how to fix the leaky faucet?

  5 answers
  • Pam Pam on Jan 28, 2018

    check to see.If the washers are worn out.

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Jan 29, 2018

    Replace seat washer and O ring. Seat washer is at bottom of the stem under handle. The O ring is a little further up. Hot water wears out these parts faster than cold.

    Directional vid from YouTube.

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Jan 29, 2018

    ▶ 5:44

    This is the correct link.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 14, 2023

    Sounds like the washers are worn out, just replace them.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 16, 2023

    You need a new O-ring or packing washer, depending on which one your valve uses. If it takes a packing washer, you may just need to tighten the packing nut.