Moen is a manufacturer of bathroom and kitchen products including faucets, plumbing supply and other fixtures. Engineered originally by Alfred Moen, these products are part of the Fortune 500 Brands Home and Security Company.
Moen Faucet Design
The design used to make Moen parts is not complex. Most Moen kitchen, bathtub and wash basin faucets are of a single-handle design. Most models have used the same basic water controlling technology and design ever since 1960.
You will find that most Moen parts like shower and bathtub controls use a larger cartridge with a pressure and balancing mechanism that compensates for sudden pressure changes in either hot or cold water supply. These faucets have been quite functional and operational in their simplest sense.
Since many plumbing solutions and companies lag in the implementation of interoperable systems that can simplify leakage fixing performances, Moen parts and faucets will always solve these inefficiencies.
Moen parts produced by the manufacturer are, by and large, of the cartridge design. There’s an O-ring at the base of the cartridge prevents the cartridge from leaking. When given enough time, though, this O-ring eventually cracks leading to leakage of water. Replacing a leaking cartridge with a new Moen part is one way of fixing the problem. Sometimes it may work better when you replace the O-ring with another one.
Repair of Moen Faucets
Repair and maintenance of Moen parts and faucets is not easy. However with the right knowledge and skills, you can handle repairs and installations. The first stage of repair would be to switch off the main water supply. This will enable you to locate the exact leaking point without dealing with the hassles that come with splashing water.
You must then proceed to pry the index cup (plastic) off from the centre of the faucet handle. This can be done with a blade or a utility knife so as to expose the screw that holds the handle tightly to the faucet. By doing this, you will be able to remove both the faucet handle as well as the chrome retaining nut located at the top of the faucet. Then you can lift the faucet off the cartridge body and attend to any leaking joints or spaces.