Unlike chips in a microprocessor, kitchen faucets are not very hard to install or replace. There are certain factors that can make the process hard but it still does not make it impossible for a regular person with no prior experience to replace a faucet. If you know how to use a plier, screwdriver or a wrench, you know how to replace a kitchen faucet.
There are so many types of kitchen faucets available in the market. While you do have to gain some knowledge by reading the manual of the kitchen faucet, you do not need to earn a degree or even spend an hour on it to know how to replace your kitchen faucet. It might be a faulty faucet or a mismatching one that led you to buy a new faucet. But, you don’t need to spend more on its installation.
As a human being, more like a mammal, it is best if you know how to do most of your jobs. It’s like survival of the wealthiest and you do save some money by not hiring a plumber. So, here’s a guide on how to replace your kitchen faucet so that you can become more self-dependent.
How To Replace A Kitchen Faucet: Some Precautions
Before you take your old kitchen faucet out, you need to confirm that you have a new faucet that will fit. Or else you might have to spend days before you can use your kitchen sink again. So, here are some factors you should consider when buying a new faucet. You can also read our blog about how to choose a kitchen faucet.
- The number of holes on the sink:
Apparently, the lines of a kitchen faucet cannot go through walls or solids. Therefore, you will have to connect them through holes in the sink. The issue here is that not all sinks contain the same number of holes. Different companies like Kraus, Kohler, Ruvati makes various sink with a different number of holes.
They usually have one to fours holes in them. You definitely do not want to buy a faucet that requires three holes for installation for a sink that has only one hole configuration. This is why you have to check the number of holes you have in your kitchen sink first before choosing a faucet.
- Buy things that you know you need:
I am not talking about the equipment needed for replacing your faucet. Well, that’s important too but this time I am talking about the supply lines and hoses. If you think that your supply lines are too old, worn out, leaking or short, buy new ones.
You may want to leave it for later but you will have to replace it sooner or later. So, it is best if you do it once and for all. Also, consider buying new valves if the previous ones drip.
- Keep the cabinet underneath empty:
There will be loads of obstacles, lines, and pipes to deal with when you are working underneath the sink. You do not want more unnecessary trouble to deal with to keep the space free of anything useless. Apart from that, you can keep something on the floor like a mate to have some support for your back when you lie.
How To Replace A Kitchen Faucet: Removing the Old faucet
In fact, the most challenging part of faucet replacement is removing the old one. You have so much dirt, tangles and screws to deal with that you will be left confused. Here is a general guideline on how to remove a faucet.
- 1.Turn the water supply off, of course.
You don’t want more water than necessary and you surely don’t want yourself drenched. So, turn off the water supply on both the hot and cold lines. Furthermore, turn the faucet on to let any residual water out.
- 2. Disconnect and take off the garbage disposer.
All you have to do is unplug it or unscrew a few screws to take the garbage disposer out. Do not worry about damaging it because a disposer is not that fragile. Take your time, strength and skill to disconnect it.
- 3. Disconnect the supply lines next.
You do not want your new faucet attached to nothing and your old one attached to the supply lines, right? So, the next logical step is to unscrew the supply lines from each of its connecting points with the old faucet.
- 4. Deal with the deck plate next.
The old faucet will definitely have a deck late or at least a retaining bracket that holds it in place. Now, you have to unscrew the bracket and also free the deck plate so you can free the other components set in it through the holes.
- 5. Remove the sprayer base and sprayer, if there is any.
Before getting to the main faucet, you have to get rid of the add-ons. So, unscrew or unplug the existing sprayer or other handles from the deck plate and detach them completely.
- 6. Bring the hose home.
Now, it is time for the whole deck plate and the faucet to be free of chains which means the hose. Take out the hose from the way it is installed. If you need to unscrew it, do it.
- 7. Take the whole faucet out.
Finally, your old faucet is free of any chains and you can check underneath the sink to see f there is any chain left. So, you can pull it out gently and make the kitchen ready for its new partner.
How To Replace A Kitchen Faucet: Installing the new beauty
- 1. Read the Manual.
Different faucets may have separate guidelines for installation. Here we provide only a basic way around a kitchen sink in which a faucet is to be installed. Therefore, it is essential that you give the installation manual a thorough read.
Because that is what will actually guide you throughout the process.
- 2. Clean the area.
Since your kitchen sink is getting a fresh start, you should give it a nice clean before the new faucet gets stuck in it.
- 3.Set the rubber gasket and the deck plate.
This is basically the base of your new faucet. Therefore, first, place the rubber gasket perfectly aligned above the holes on the sink. Then, set the deck plate over it.
- 4. Introduce the faucet.
Now, introduce the main character of this whole installation procedure into the sink by feeling its lines into the holes of the deck plate, rubber gasket and finally the sink itself.
- 5.Screw in the mounting nuts underneath.
You do not want your faucet to sway in every direction. So, it is time you screw the mounting nuts and bolts underneath the sink and give the faucet a steady base to stand on.
- 6. Get all other parts screwed in.
You may have a sprayer with the faucet or a pull-down system. After installing the faucet itself, place the sprayer and other available parts in their correct places and screw them in tightly.
You should also put the marks on hot and cold water handles correctly when you are done.
- 7. Connect the supply lines.
If you want the faucet to do what it’s meant to do which is provide water, connect the supply lines to the correct hose. However, make sure the supply is turned off.
- 8.Time to check leaks.
Turn the supply on and check for leaks in every way possible. Even consider removing the aerator to see if the faucet leaks when the flow is the highest. If you find no leaks then just re-attach the aerator and turn the faucet off.
Here is a video of the process for better understanding –
Yes, we know that’s a lot of steps. However, each step is quite easy to achieve if you use the right technique. The number of steps may vary based on the type of faucet you are installing but at least now you know how to replace your kitchen faucet in the most basic way. If you need help for selecting a new kitchen faucet, you can check our best kitchen faucet review guide.
But, it won’t get more complex than this unless there is some serious kind of problem like a defective part. So, do not be afraid to take up this easy but lengthy task. Even if you have never done it before you will find yourself quite satisfied and feel quite skillful when you start doing it and get the results afterward.
Have a nice day.