10 Steps: How To Replace a Kitchen Faucet
Whether you are prepping for a spaghetti night or planning a sleep over at your place, your kitchen is the source of fun on all events. You spend more time actively in the kitchen than in any other room of your house. And to make your washing experience simple and quick, you should update your kitchen faucet, thus, making a world of difference in an outdated kitchen. It’s not only utilitarian but also makes a beautiful focal point. You don’t have to rush to the plumber in time of need because I bring you this guide on how to replace a kitchen faucet within a few easy steps.
Tools you will need to follow this tutorial
One of the major difficulties in removing the old faucet is gaining access to the tight space and having enough leverage to remove the connections. You need a few tools to make the installation process easy. Make sure you have all these things prior to starting your work.
- Adjustable wrench
- Pipe wrench
- Plumbing tape (Teflon Tape)
- Wrench (Sink wrench and adjustable wrench)
- Supply lines
- Safety glasses
- Lubricating oil
- Sink cleaner
Step 1: Initial Preparation Gather your tools near the sink so that they are within your arm’s access. As a precaution, cover your eyes using safety glasses so that no falling debris falls into them. Examine the area under the sink and make room for you to lie down and work comfortably. Switch off the main power to the socket, if there is any, under the sink. Keep a flashlight, shallow pan and couple of old towels ready.
Step 2: Close the Supply Valves If you don’t want to end up all soaked up in the middle of the installation, close the hot and cold water valves. In case your grip is slippery on the valves, use towel or pliers to hold and turn them clockwise. If there are no stop valves installed in your kitchen, turn off the water to the entire house i.e. the main water supply. With the main valves shut off, it is time to open the faucet lever. This way the remaining water will flow out, relieving the lines of any undue pressure.
Step 3: Disconnect all the water connections. When you lie under the sink, you can easily spot the water supply lines running from the old faucet to the valves- hot and cold-water valves linked to the main supply in the wall. There is a screw-threaded nut, which joins the two points. Now use an adjustable wrench to grab hold of each nut and remove it. While turning the nut anticlockwise, make sure to steady the water pipe and all the links behind the sink setup. Do the same step for the other valve as well. Although the handle is secure, you may notice a leakage in the valve. In this case, the valve is faulty and you have to shut off the main water supply of your home.
Step 4: Removing the old faucet connections This step depends on your faucet type, whether it has two handles or a single handle. If it is a two-handle, there are two pipes for the water to flow through them through the hot water and cold water. In order to remove the mounting or screw-threaded nuts securing the faucet, first you have to remove the supply lines after unscrewing them using a screwdriver. On the other hand, there are no separate hot and cold levers in a single-handle faucet. This faucet features built-in supply lines with the mounting hardware riding over them.
Step 5: Open up the remaining connections Don’t pull out the faucet just yet. Use a basin/sink wrench to grip and remove the stubborn and hard-to-move nuts located at the back of the sink. Once you fix the wrench on the nut, turn the handle 90 degrees from below. Keep turning until the nuts come loose. There is also a nut between the diverter and sprayer hose, remove it in the same way. Apply lubricating oil to the rusted nuts if needed. Now is the time to pull out the old faucet assembly. While lifting it up, apply pressure so that if there is any caulk seal, it breaks away. Once the surface is free from the old faucet, clean it with a scouring pad or a cleaner before anchoring the new faucet.
Step 6: Anchor the new faucet I suggest you refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper assembly of the new faucet. In this blog, I have discussed the installation of the simplest faucet with one handle and a deck plate. If you are opting for an installation having one hole, use the separate components on the faucet rather than the deck plate. On the other hand, the escutcheon/deck covers up the two outside holes in a three-hole installation. A gasket is there to fasten the gap between this plate and the counter upper part.
Step 7: Make the connections under the sink Position the gasket on the bottom of the plate. The plate size should be adequate to fit on the 1st and 3rd holes. Slide the gasket over the supply lines and tighten the nut using a screwdriver. Insert the sprayer hose into the fourth hole and connect it to the faucet’s diverter. It has sprayer head on the upper end. Tighten all the mounting screws. Before you do the final tightening, ask someone to keep the faucet assembly straight and lined up from the top.
Step 8: Provide water connections to the new faucet The type of faucet that I am installing has built-in supply lines labeled as hot and cold. Simply connect these to the respective supply valve. For faucets, which come with a screw-threaded nut, wrap the Teflon tape on the water pipe threads before the installation process. Place all the nuts on top of the threads and secure them using an adjustable wrench.
Step 9: Perform a final check Your installation is almost complete. It’s time to check for any leakages and operation of the faucet and sprayer. Turn on both the water valves simultaneously. If there is a leak, you need to make the loose connections tight with a wrench. Avoid over-tightening. If the problem persists, turn off the tap and stash on another Teflon tape layer on the pipes. Make the connections again and recheck.
Step 10: Make the pipes dirt-free Flush out the lines by letting the water flow through the aerator for a few minutes. This way any accumulated debris will wash away.
I hope that after reading this tutorial you find it painless to install your own kitchen faucet. If you really enjoyed this easy yet practical guide, don’t forget to share it with your colleagues and friends. A periodic maintenance and usual clean-up of your faucet are necessary for hygienic and germfree counter surface in the kitchen. If you take care of the existing one, there will hardly be the need to replace it so soon. Thus, it will save you both time and money. Share your views on this tutorial in the comments section.