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How To Disassemble A Price Pfister Faucet: An Easy Guide

To have a smooth shower experience, one needs everything flawless and functional. A broken or leaky faucet can ruin that very easily. But knowing how to fix them can save you some time and extra plumbing charge! 

How to disassemble a Price Pfister faucet easily? 

To begin the disassembly, you’ll need a wrench, screwdriver, and some cartridges. Once you have them, turn off the water supply to drain the remaining water. Unscrew and proceed to remove the faucet handle later on. Once done, remove the exposed retainer nut and replace the cartridges. Reinstall the handle now and resume the supply to check water leakage. 

Anyhow, that was only a sneak peek of the entire process. Keep reading if you wish to know more about the disassembly and further installations. 

Let’s not beat the bush around any longer and head right in- 

When Should You Disassemble the Faucet? 

Disassembling a faucet may seem complex to you if you’ve never done it. But have some faith in yourself. They’re easier than you think. 

Knowing when to disassemble and replace can help you tackle future problems. For example, sometimes shower diverter can fall out. These occurrences can completely jeopardize your shower routine. 

That’s why noticing the signs is important. Because then you can immediately fix the problem before it can create a mess. 

There are 3 symptoms you need to watch out for- 

Continuous Dripping 

If you see water coming out of your faucet all the time, it can suggest a leak. A well-functional faucet won’t allow any water to move along the pathway when turned off. 

Loose Handles

Faucet handles are moderately sturdy to prevent water leaks. Sometimes, you may feel like it’s very easy to move the faucet handle. This can indicate a loose handle. A loose handle can leak water. 

Leaking Faucet Handles

Sometimes you may see water coming out of your handles. This means that the handle is not tightened enough or there’s some other issues behind it.

If you face any of these three situations, replace the faucets immediately. 

How Can You Disassemble a Price Pfister Faucet?

Unlike most faucets, disassembling and reassembling a Pfister faucet takes only 5 minutes. It’s possible due to their simplistic design and well-structured body. 

Disassembling a faucet is mostly required because of cartridge replacement. This can make you wonder, are Price Pfister faucets interchangeable? 

Well, the answer is yes! Price Pfisters are interchangeable. Just how Delta and Peerless faucets are also interchangeable.

To begin the procedure, these are the tools you’re going to need- 

  • Cartridges (As many as you need to replace) 
  • Crescent Wrench
  • Philips Screwdriver
  • Flathead Screwdriver OR ⅛” Allen Wrench 
  • Pliers (Optional) 
  • Soft Cloth 

When you’re done managing these tools, you can get started! 

Step-1: Turn Off the Water Supply 

You’ll need to find a way to stop the flowing water before you attempt the fix. Otherwise, the water will overflow the sink. 

There’s also one more prerequisite to meet. That’s draining your faucet completely. After shutting down the water supply, turn the faucet on. 

This will drain all the remaining water in the supply line. At the same time, it will also reset the overall pressure.

After that, make sure to plug the sink. This will prevent you from losing anything through the sinkhole. 

Step-2: Remove the Faucet Handles

There are different kinds of faucets. From single handles to quarter-turn faucets, there are a lot of varieties. Depending on that, you may need 2 or more cartridges.

But before that, we have to remove the handles first. To do that, remove a small plate covering the screws underneath. They are easily removable by a flathead screwdriver. 

If the screws have been touched and meddled with already, you may find them stripped. Luckily, it’s quite easy to remove a stripped screw from faucets

Step-3: Remove the Cartridges

Detaching the faucet handles will expose the cartridges underneath. They look like a pipe with a retainer nut and an O-ring in the middle. 

Get the Crescent wrench and use it to loosen the retainer nut. They are usually tightened so some extra effort might need to be added.

When the nuts come off loose, you can then take out the cartridges. If you’re facing any struggles, pull them out by using a plier. 

If there is water in the faucet shank, use a soft cloth to soak them out. Make sure it’s dry like summer in the shank. 

Step-4: Place the New Cartridges

Take the new cartridges and make sure they have an O-ring in the middle. The older version of Pfister faucet models may use a cartridge with a brass bonnet.

If so, remove the plastic bonnet from the new cartridge. Replace it with the old bonnet then and place it firmly in the faucet shank. Put the O-ring above it afterward. 

When done, use the crescent wrench to tighten the retainer nut. 

Speaking of cartridges, here are some of our favorites-

Cartridge 1
Cartridge 2

You can now easily choose whichever you like the most. 

Step-5: Reinstall the Faucet Handles

It’s time to put everything back in its place and finish the procedure. That’s why I got the handles, screws, and screwdriver.

Place the handles firmly on the cartridge and put the screw in. Use the screwdriver to screw them tightly. 

When both handles are done, place the small plates to cover them. Resume the water supply and check for any water leakage. 

If you find any leakage, simply repeat the steps till you get it right. With that, the fix is complete.  

Sometimes, dirt and mineral deposits can accumulate on the faucet aerator. Luckily, it’s super easy to replace the aerator screens too. 

That’s all! If the problem isn’t fixed, give a call to the nearest service for a detailed inspection. 


Question: Where is the model number on a faucet?

Answer: The model number of any faucet can be found in the box that it came with. Sometimes, the faucet itself may contain a label on its backside. The warranty card (if there’s any) will also contain the number. 

Question: How do you clean a Pfister faucet?

Answer: To wash a faucet properly, you’ll only need a soft cloth and some soapy water. Always avoid any sort of detergent or abrasive cleaners. Cleaning the faucets at the end of every day is a great practice.

Question: How much does it cost to replace a faucet cartridge?

Answer: The average price of a faucet cartridge is around 15$ to 60$. But hiring a service might cost you 100$ to 150$ including the labor fee.   

Take Away

That was everything we could answer on how to disassemble a Price Pfister faucet. Hopefully, we were able to answer the questions you’ve been wondering about. 

Last but not least, good luck fixing the faucets!