How To Identify Your Kitchen Faucet Brand
Identifying the brand of your kitchen faucet can be tricky. Whether the faucet decides to fail and you need replacement parts or your friend is just curious to know what kind of faucet you have, you need to know the brand.
Sometimes, the brand is obvious, so finding the brand and the necessary replacement parts is simple. However, this is not always the case. Read on for a quick guide on how to identify kitchen faucet brands.
Check The Packaging
If you saved the box when you installed the faucet, the manufacturer will clearly display the brand on the box. However, many people don’t keep the box or packaging for their faucets. Don’t worry, there are many other ways to figure out the brand of the faucet.
The user manual or installation guide should also have the brand, model, or serial number, which can help you determine the brand of the faucet. Again, if you don’t have this, that’s okay, because there are other things you can do to determine the brand of the faucet.
Look For The Logo
One of the most obvious and easiest (sometimes) ways to identify a kitchen faucet brand is by the logo. Each manufacturer has its own unique logo that is printed on certain parts of the faucet. Check the plate underneath the faucet, also known as the shroud, to see if the logo is there.
The logo may also be on the body of the faucet, on the spout itself, or somewhere on the handle. If your faucet is dirty, such as coated with a layer of soap scum or dirt, scrub the entire faucet thoroughly to see if the logo is lurking underneath.
Vintage or older faucet models may no longer have markings, as they tend to wear out over time. If this is the case, continue reading the identification tips below.
You may notice a UPC or CUPC mark on your faucet. This mark is a certification mark of the IAPMO or International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials. the “C” in CUPC refers to the Canadian market. the UPC mark refers to the Uniform Plumbing Code.
Identifying The Model
Some manufacturers, such as Moen, put the model number on the faucet itself. You can find the number printed or printed on the back of the spout, on the bottom, on the back of the decorative ring at the bottom of the spout, or possibly on the shroud.
Some manufacturers will also print the serial number on the faucet or cold water supply line label, which is usually located under the sink. While the serial number won’t tell you the exact model number, it can tell you the brand and usually the family of that model of faucet.
If you still have the installation guide for your faucet, you can check its model number or serial number.
Where Is The Serial Number On The Kitchen Faucet?
The serial number on a faucet may be in several places. Check the model number where we mentioned above, as all faucets are different. Moen faucets, in particular, usually have the serial number printed on the back of the spout.
Look For Distinguishing Features
Check your faucet for distinctive features, which may include things like specific logos, markings, and variations on the handle or faucet itself, etc. Delta and Peerless faucets have a red and blue circle to indicate hot and cold water.
Moen faucets have a red and blue drop symbol. t&s faucets have a raised stem where the handle attaches. Look for categorical features like these to identify your faucet.
Check The Splines
Another way to try to determine the brand of your faucet is to count the splines. This method requires more hands-on work because you need to remove the handle and faucet stem.
Once you have removed the handle and faucet lever, locate the broach. It is located at the top of the shank at the bottom of the handle. What you need to notice is the groove on the broach, also known as the spline.
To count the number of splines, you can use a marker to make a slight dot on each spline as you count. Use these marks to measure from the first mark until you reach the initial mark again.
Since different manufacturers use different numbers of splines on their broaches, this may be a good way to identify your tap reasonably quickly. The spline shape may also indicate the manufacturer, as some companies have different spline shapes.
If you take the broach out, measure the stem as well, as this can also help you identify the brand. The measurement after the dot represents the length of the stem.
Some companies implement different shapes in their splines. For example, Chicago Faucets uses a square broach without teeth. Each spline may be slightly different, and some have different diameters, numbers of teeth, or shapes.
Manufacturers often use a certain number of points or specific shapes in their tap broaches, including.
- D-shaped broaches
- Oval broaches
- oval broaches
- Kohler: 16 point 0.370″, 20 point 0.285″
- American Standard: 4 point square, 16 point .370″, 22 point .375″, 22 point .438″
A pull gauge is a special tool in the toolbox of many professional plumbers. It is very effective for identifying faucet handles and shanks. The instrument has 18 cylindrical tubes, each with two ends: the male end is inserted into the faucet handle and the female end is inserted into the stem.
The drawknife instrument can help with faucet identification because there is a pattern identification number associated with it. For example, American Standard faucet stems and handles may be suitable for a broach instrument with identification numbers 1-4.
Identification numbers 1-7 fit the stem and handle of some Kohler faucets, while identification numbers 1-6 fit the stem and handle of Elger, some Milwaukee models, Kohler-Trend, Burlington, and some American Standard models.