Dismantling the mixer tap - this is how you have to proceed

Single-lever mixers are standard almost everywhere today. In some cases it can be worth taking them apart and checking to see where the damage is. The best way to go about disassembling can be read in detail in this article.

Disassembly options

With many mixer taps that are designed as single-lever mixers, dismantling is difficult. The structure is complex and nested, and often only a few parts can be removed.

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What you can still do in most cases is to change the ceramic disc ("cartridge ") if it has become clogged with lime. In many cases, however, that is the only repair option. And this option is also not available with all single-lever mixers.

Different structure

The structure of a single-lever mixer can be completely different depending on the manufacturer. Some models have no seals at all and no interchangeable parts. This is especially true for inexpensive single-lever mixers.

Due to the differences in structure, dismantling is not always easy and often follows completely arbitrary rules. In general, if you don't know the model, you have to rely on your feelings and work a little with trial and error.

Basic rules for dismantling

Some rules apply to almost all single-lever mixers, these basic rules can almost always be adhered to:

Pulling off the cap is the first step

Caps are often easy to pull off by pushing a knife into the gap. Only in a few cases is the cap also secured with a so-called grub screw (Allen screw), in a few models you have to unscrew it.

Dismantle the swivel arm

The swivel arm can almost always be dismantled, usually a 2.5 mm Allen key is required. It is seldom easy to pull off.

Screwed plastic bell

The next thing that usually comes to light is a screwed-on plastic bell. This doesn't always have to be the case, but it is very often the case. It can easily be unscrewed so that one can advance to the cartridge. This can, but does not have to be, provided with seals, which in this case can also be changed without any problems if the mixer tap is dripping or leaking.

Tips & Tricks Only dismantle your mixer tap into individual parts if you can still get a replacement if necessary. Otherwise, if the assembly stops working, visiting the installer emergency service could become expensive.