How to Fix a Faucet That Turns Too Many Times


It’s possible for a faucet with handles to have either a cartridge or a disc valve, but if the handle can be turned through more than ninety degrees, the faucet most likely has a compression valve. That is the first screwable valve ever made, and it had a threaded stem. All subsequent kinds of valves were modelled after it. If you have to crank the handle an excessive number of times to turn off the water, this indicates that the washer at the end of the valve stem is worn out and needs to be replaced. You won’t need to hire a plumber to repair it since the component in question is not costly, and the process of changing it is not complicated.

  1. Pull the plug to stop the flow of water from the faucet. If the faucet is attached to a sink, the shut-off valve should be turned off beneath the sink. If the leak is coming from the outside, turn off the main water valve for the home.

  2. Lowe’s recommends using a Phillips screwdriver to unscrew the handle and then pulling it off to remove it. In order to prevent stripping the head of the screw with the screwdriver, you should spray the screw with lubrication if it is stuck.

  3. Using a pair of adjustable pliers, loosen the valve retaining nut that is placed directly beneath the handle. After that, use your fingers to unscrew it, and then remove it.

  4. To remove the valve stem from the faucet, take hold of the end of the stem with the pliers and pull in an upward direction. If it is stuck, the handle may be reattached and used to pull it out of the hole.

  5. Flip the valve stem over and use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the washer that is attached to the end of the stem. According to the instructions provided by This Old House, you should replace it with a new one and then tighten the screw that is holding it in place.

  6. Place the valve back into the faucet, screw on the retaining nut, and use pliers to make the screw as snug as possible. Put the handle back in place, and then start the water.

    Things You Will Need

    • Phillips screwdriver

    • Spray lubricant

    • Adjustable pliers

    • Replacement washer


    Take the whole valve stem with you to the hardware shop so that you may purchase a new washer if you don’t already have one on hand. It’s likely that the worn-out washer is too misshapen to serve as a reliable reference.


    Before unscrewing the retaining nut, you need to make sure the water is turned off, and this is particularly important if you are dealing with a hot water faucet.