How to Remove a Stuck Faucet Handle: a Practical Guide.

When you turn on a faucet and nothing comes out, it is not a good feeling. At first, you might be worried that the water is shut off or there’s a problem with your pipes. It could also mean that the faucet handle is stuck.

Faucets can get clogged or dirty, and sometimes they need to be replaced altogether. However, if you want to save money by fixing this minor issue instead, here are some steps to take to successfully remove the stuck handle so that your water starts flowing again.

Identify the Problem

If you’re looking to fix your faucet handle yourself, the first step is to identify what is wrong with it. If it is stuck, there are a few possible reasons why.

1) It’s been left on and the water has frozen.

2) Someone shut it off from the outside with a wrench or screwdriver – this can be prevented by installing a valve that will automatically turn off and on.

3) The pipes have been frozen and thawed, which may cause air bubbles in the pipes and then water won’t flow into or out of them properly.

4) A pipe may have burst that was not detected in time due to root growth in the soil (this usually happens when no one uses their faucet for an extended period of time).

Why Is My Faucet Handle Stuck?

One of the most common reasons that a faucet handle gets stuck is because it has been left on for an extended period of time. When you turn off a faucet, water will keep flowing for a few seconds as the pressure equalizes. If you’re not paying attention and forget to turn off your faucet, the water will continue to flow and eventually create enough back-pressure to jam the handle in place.

If your faucet is jammed up with gunk or other debris, there’s also a chance that this could stop it from turning off properly. A stuck handle can make it difficult to use hot or cold water as well as make it tough to fill up pots and pans with water.

How Do You Loosen a Stuck Faucet Handle?

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There are a few steps you can take in order to remove the stuck handle.

  1. Spray it with WD-40 or spray lubricant. Spray the handle where it meets the stem of the faucet. Then use a pipe wrench to carefully turn it counterclockwise. You may have to do this several times to loosen it up using just one hand, but be sure not to overdo it!
  2. Try using a butter knife instead of a wrench. If you don’t have any tools available, try inserting a butter knife between the stem and the faucet handle and gently twist until you loosen it up.
  3. If none of these work, try spraying your hot water on the frozen faucet so that it melts enough so that you can unscrew the handle with pliers.

Remove the Handle

The first step is to remove the handle. You will need a wrench to do this. The wrenches are typically short and have a thin head with one jaw that is slightly bigger than the other. One of the jaws should fit over the screw that holds the handle in place.

Turn the wrench so that it unscrews, then pull off the handle. Some handles are difficult to remove because they are tight or corroded, but don’t worry! If this is the case, you may need to soak them in vinegar for 10-15 minutes before trying again.

Clean and Adjust

The first thing you need to do if your faucet handle is stuck, is to remove it. However, this might not be as easy as it seems. You may have to unscrew the nuts or screws near the handle to loosen them before you can pull the handle off.

Once you have removed the handle, clean any debris that’s blocking the passage of water coming out of the faucet. If there are any cracks in the spout that are preventing water from flowing out, use a utility knife or pliers to cut away any obstructions. It’s also a good idea to place a small funnel at the end of the spout-this will make it easier for water to come out.

  1. If all else fails, your last resort should be replacing the entire faucet. Follow these steps for how to replace a faucet before you start looking for another one:
  2. Locate your current faucet’s shutoff valve and remove it by turning it counterclockwise or unscrewing it with an adjustable wrench
  3. Measure how long your new faucet needs to be then cut off about 2 inches from either end of it using wire cutters
  4. Attach pipe sealant around threads on both ends of newly cut piece using Teflon tape
  5. Attach pipe sealant around threads on both ends of old piece and insert new piece into old
  6. Tighten bolts on both pieces until snug

Reattach the Handle

If the problem is that the handle is just stuck, you can try to reattach it. All you have to do is place a dishcloth or a towel over one side of the faucet and turn the water on. If possible, use a wrench to turn it counter-clockwise until you feel some tension release. Then, turn the faucet back on with your hand to see if that freed up the handle.

How Do you Remove Corroded Faucet Handle?

To remove a corroded faucet handle, you will need:

  • A basin (big enough for your faucet and basin)
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Cooking oil
  • An old toothbrush or scrub brush


A stuck faucet handle can be a frustrating problem. But you don’t have to pay for a plumber or replace the entire faucet. All you need are a few basic tools for this quick and easy fix.

If your faucet handle is stuck because of corrosion, it may require more work to clean and adjust the parts. Contact a plumber if you need help with this.

When you reattach the handle, make sure it is screwed in firmly so it doesn’t happen again. And don’t forget to clean the handle before you put it back on!