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Kitchen Faucet: Leaking Around The Handle


Faucet Symptom-The kitchen faucet is leaking water around the faucet handle. When the handle is turned on the water leaks from the handle area.

Recommended Solution-Moen faucets are designed with an interior component called a cartridge. This part is responsible for controlling the water flow. If a faucet is leaking water from the handle, the reason is usually the cartridge. Single handle faucets will contain one cartridge and dual handle faucets have two. There are a variety of cartridges used in Moen faucets, these are not interchangeable with each other.      

Frequently Asked Questions-

"How do I determine which cartridge I need?"

  • "I have my model number"- If you have your model number you can access replacement parts on
  • "I have removed the handle"- If you have already removed your handle you can visually identify your cartridge by reviewing the information in article Faucet Cartridges: Kitchen.
  • "I have no information"- You may be able to identify your cartridge by reviewing the information in article Faucet Cartridges: Kitchen. You can also identify your full faucet and replacement parts by visiting the Identify my Product page on, or you can contact us at 1-800-BUY-MOEN.

"Is my cartridge under warranty"- Moen has a faucet warranty and a parts warranty. To view the full warranty, see

"Can I purchase a cartridge at my local home center?" - Most Moen cartridges are available at your local home center. They are also available to purchase directly through or by calling 1-800-BUY-MOEN.

"How do I repair a cartridge?"-The handle and handle mechanism will need to be removed in order to access the cartridge for replacement. For additional information on Moen products visit and select the type of product you are repairing. The guide will contain repair details, troubleshooting and specific information on assembling handles associated with that style of product.

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