How to Remove Old Moen Cartridges

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Moen cartridges install in the valve stems of faucets to filter the water. The cartridges capture hard minerals and impurities that can cause foul odors and give water a gritty, metallic taste. Depending on the water conditions, filter cartridges should be replaced three or four times a year.
Replacing the Moen cartridges in a faucet takes about half an hour with common household tools. No special plumbing experience is required.

Things You'll Need

  • Replacement Moen cartridges
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Shut off the water by turning the valve knobs clockwise beneath the sink. Failure to turn off the water will cause the faucet to spew like a fire hydrant when the Moen cartridges are removed.

  • Pop off the plastic caps on the tops of the water faucet handles to reveal a screw underneath each cap

  • Remove the screw in the top center of the faucet handles, then lift the handle straight off. Save these parts.

  • Loosen and remove the brass nut underneath each handle with the pliers by turning counter-clockwise. This nut holds the Moen cartridge in place.

  • Grab the end of the cartridge stem with pliers and pull straight out of the faucet valve. You may now replace the cartridge.

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