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    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2019
     
    What ho one and all,

    I have a dripping tap; of course, I am more than capable of fixing it, but it is a
    persistent devil!

    It is the kitchen mixer (mono-block) and whenever one is not looking, a puddle of water
    appears around the base. It is 'leaking' from somewhere in the cartridge, not actually dripping from the 'water exit' end.

    I have dismantled it, cleaned the cartridge, applied a smear of silicone to the
    seal but still the puddle appears. I figure the only thing left is to tighten the locking
    nut, but that only makes the lever movement stiff.

    So I don't know what to do next? Replace the cartridge? Given that it is Ikea's finest,
    a replacement cartridge is probably not the easiest thing to find. Any thoughts grateful
    taken on board.

    Thanks and toodle pip
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2019
     
    I've got a similar problem with a Stainless Steel mono-block kitchen mixer from a so called reputable maker too. However like many of the modern suppliers they are little else than a sales outlet or at best design studio with no technical back up, and I've given up trying to explain to "Doris" in sales.
    On my tap the cartridge with it's "O" ring base is held in place with an external threaded cylindrical nut device which allows the nylon lever arm on the end of the cartridge to protrude to allow fixing of the decorative lever. The tap was supplied without the special tool/spanner required to tighten that nut and try as I may I can't find one.
    The design is poor, because with constant use the nut loosens and breaks the "O" ring seal inside, producing exactly the same result as yours. I'm loathe to use thread seal as it may make any future cartridge changing difficult.
    I know roughly how long it lasts before it will need a tighten so I keep a sharp eye open.
    You could replace the cartridge, I don't think they are too expensive, and if that leaks too you'll know it's a design fault.
    Is it too late to return the item?
    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2019
     
    Am thinking of returning as Ikea offer a 10 year warranty, but I bet I will not be able to get either a cartridge or a design that I like.

    As for a replacement cartridge, the bottom of mine has four 'holes' that the 'o' ring surrounds. All that I have seen on the web have either two or three holes. Also, I bet the location studs are not universal.

    Our wash basin taps are Ideal Standard and when I attempted to tighten those, although they were not leaking, just loose, they don't have a simple, replaceable cartridge.

    All in all, I now think a boring tap with regular washer is soooo much easier.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2019
     
    Most likely it will be water in the tap spout leaking from an o ring in the swivel mechanism. Take the spout off, clean and Vaseline grease the ringIf problem persists replace the o ring after cleaning the grooves
    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2019
     
    It's not leaking from the spout, but seeping from the base where the tap mounts to the stainless sink.

    I have had the tap apart, cleaned the silicone seal, applied silicone grease but unless I tighten the lock-down nut so that I cannot use the lever, it still seeps.

    I think it will be a trip to Ikea since it has a 10 year warranty and we are at year 9! Fortunately, as the house was anew build and I could claim a VAT refund, I still have the receipt!
    • CommentAuthorfinny
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2019
     
    I've had Grohe cartridges do that after five years or so.. usually just after the replacement part has gone out of production, you will search for hours on the online and end up buying the last one off the back of the shelf from a plumbers merchant in Eastern Europe.. for almost as much as a new 'quality' tap.. Amazing for a company that must sell millions of similar items annually..
    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2019
     
    Took the offending tap back to Ikea and no worries, got an update replacement, no questions asked.

    And it is soooooo much better; not seeping, very smooth lever operation, slighter smaller and neater design, but does have a water restriction outlet so don't have the same flow. No big deal, just have to wait a few seconds longer to fill the kettle.

    The other plus is that the former had a copper, tail so had to cut the pipework to fit. The new one and a flexible tail, so is easier to fit (although I did have to shorten the pipework on the wall, but no big deal.)

    All in all, a happy bunny. Ikea have confidence in their product to give a 10 warranty, so good to goo for the next 10 years.
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