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 Kitchen Faucet- hot water won't turn off
Author: car1001 (NJ)

We just replaced our hot water heater (don't know if this is related or not). My daughter turned on the hot water in the kitchen (about a day later) and it wouldn't shut off. We turned off the water to the sink, but hot water is still dribbling out.

I bought a replacement faucet, but I'm wondering if there may be an underlying problem besides the faucet.

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 Re: Kitchen Faucet- hot water won't turn off
Author: e-plumber (NY)

Debris may have gotten caught in the faucet when the HW was turned back on which caused it to leak which usually can be flushed out by dismantling the faucet stem(s).

If the shut off valve under the sink didn't shut the water off 100%, the valve itself may need to be rebuilt or repaired, depending on the type and age of it.

e-plumber
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"The society which scorns excellence in Plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an
exalted activity will have neither good Plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water." -
John William Gardner 10/8/1912 - 2/16/2002

Repair your leaking Plumbing fixtures ASAP [www.theplumber.com]
This slow drip will waste 7+ gallons of water per day.

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 Re: Kitchen Faucet- hot water won't turn off
Author: car1001 (NJ)

When the water wouldn't turn off, it was full force. It was like the knob stopped working completely.

Water is now a steady drip, which is waht the faucet did before the big problem.

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 Re: Kitchen Faucet- hot water won't turn off
Author: e-plumber (NY)

The faucet needs to be repaired or replaced, it depends on the make, age & condition. Sometimes it's just not worth the time & effort repairing them...

e-plumber
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"The society which scorns excellence in Plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an
exalted activity will have neither good Plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water." -
John William Gardner 10/8/1912 - 2/16/2002

Repair your leaking Plumbing fixtures ASAP [www.theplumber.com]
This slow drip will waste 7+ gallons of water per day.

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 Re: Kitchen Faucet- hot water won't turn off
Author: car1001 (NJ)

Thanks for your response. I bought a new faucet......... husband too chicken to attempt.(and so am I)

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 Re: Kitchen Faucet- hot water won't turn off
Author: tnoisaw (MT)

Another possibility that I’ve run into may be related to your old water heater depending on its age. Water heaters manufactured around
1993-95 had defective dip tubes in them. A dip tube brings the cold water to the bottom of the tank so it doesn’t mix with the hot water. Those manufactured in those years may deteriorate and then the debris will get into the system. This will usually affect only the hot side.

I would remove aerators at other fixtures at check for a white or off white material in them. This material will usually crush in-between your fingers into a paste consistency. I have had to totally disassemble multiple faucets and stops to repair this problem.

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 Re: Kitchen Faucet- hot water won't turn off
Author: hj (AZ)

Well, I would not trade my car because it was dirty, and I would not change a faucet until I found out whether the old one just needed a simple repair or was worn out.

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