Recently my faucet has started leaking near the base. Just wondering if there is a way to fix it.

Here is what I know

  • It only leaks when the water is on
  • It seems to come and go
  • Sometimes it leaks a lot, sometimes a little
  • The aerator broke recently as well. Not sure if that's related.
  • It's a Moen Kitchen Faucet

    enter image description here

2 Answers 2


The part of these faucets that the output spout connects to have O-rings inside at the approximate locations shown by the red lines below.

enter image description here

These O-rings seal the gap to the central post of the faucet around which the spout assembly rotates. Leaks can develop when:

  1. An O-ring is torn for some reason.
  2. Hard water deposits such as a calcium or lime deposit from evaporated hard water gets into the O-ring and breaks the seal.
  3. The O-rings can get old and dry out so they become hard. Thus losing the rubbery compliance that is needed to create a seal.
  4. Sometimes there is lubrication added to the zone where the O-rings reside making the rotating part move smoothly. If the lubrication loses its effectiveness it can cause the O-rings to wear and thus allow for a leak.

You can check these O-rings by removing first the faucet handle and then the upper part of the center post assembly (after first shutting off the supply valve at the wall under the sink). This should allow the spout assembly to be removed by pulling it up while at the same time rotating it back and forth some. Once removed the O-rings can be inspected. If they are hard, dry, torn or worn they will most likely need replacement. If it appears to be a loss of lubrication that can be restored by using a small amount of food grade petroleum jelly.

Note you may find the O-rings reside within a slot inside the spout assembly or they may be in a groove that surrounds the upper and lower area of the center post portion of the faucet.

Typical Moen Kitchen Faucet exploded parts assembly:

enter image description here

  • I've been one - upped, but quite pleasantly at that. Going to give the +1 for the diagram pull in!
    – noybman
    Aug 29, 2017 at 1:15

They are famous for this leak. Check the middle neck, can you turn it tighter by hand? That can be a quick way.

If I recall correctly, there is an allen screw at the back or underside of the handle. turn water off, and take handle off. You can then unscrew the center neck, and under that reveals the seals and the main assembly. Check the o-ring/seal and make sure its not torn, make sure the assembly is not cracked. It really shouldn't be. You can usually just tighten that valve portion and reassemble.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.