Replacing the faucet that already exists with your sink can give you a hard time. And on top of that, you have to spend a lot of cash as your maintenance cost. Who needs a plumber when you can get this job done all by yourself?
Trust me, it doesn't matter what people say but you can solve all your faucet issues if you know how to replace a kitchen faucet easily. Easily? Yep, that’s what I’m going to talk about today. I'll show you the simple DIY steps.
How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet?
Below are the steps that you call to follow to replace your kitchen faucet pretty fast. Read these steps and get to work.
Removing the Old Faucet | Step by Step Guide
Step 1: Shutoff valves
Before you begin tearing apart your sink surface, make sure you turn off the hot and cold water supply valves. To start, reach under the sink and use a light to get a clear view. Now shut them off turning clockwise using an adjustable wrench. Some valves may demand quarter turns to make it off completely. In case it is hard to turn, use a rag to improve your grip. A small amount of water may come out from the lines. So, keep a bowl ready to catch them.
If you are using two-handle faucets, you will notice each supply line of them is linked straightway with hot and cold valves through a nut. So, you have to repeat this process twice. On the other hand, a faucet with a single handle contains one connection line since there are no hot and cold pipes.
However, if you don’t have these valves adjusted; turn off the water supply line of your whole house. You can also install it to make this process easy for the further job ahead. Let’s jump to the next step, remember that, you have to get back to it when you will test the new faucet.
Step 2: Unscrew the Nuts and Hardware
Now you are ready to remove the old faucet. To do that, utilize a wrench to reach the back end of the faucet and unscrew the nuts attached to the tubes. After that, you need to disconnect the mounting hardware as well. You will find them tied to the underside of the cabinet. If your faucet also has a sprayer, practice the same process for it as well. Too hard or tight to untie the rusted nuts? Make a quick move, add some oil and wait until it soaks to loosen it.
Finally, done removing all the nuts? Congrats, you have crossed the difficult parts. Now give a good tug and remove the old faucet. After years it may become sticky! Also, it is sealed with silicone to the sink, you may need to use a knife to break them.
Step 3: Clean the Faucet Surface
Now it’s time to clean the surface of the faucet before installing the new one. Make use of proper cleaner and clean them thoroughly around the sink with cotton pads.
Determine the Holes in Countertop
By counting how many holes your sink has, you can find out what type of faucet fits for it. If it has 4 holes, know that the fourth one is for a sprayer. An important fact to know is the distance between the holes. Why? Because it will help you to choose the perfect faucet. It is said that the most common spread on the center of the sink is 8 inches. So, choose wisely based on your sink and your demands.
4 Exclusive steps for Installing the Faucet
A rubber or plastic gasket often comes with a faucet. Place the gasket in the proper area and put it in the right position over the hole of the sink.
Now, link up the supply lines with the shrank of the new faucet using wrenches. Take the help of another person to hold the faucet shrank in its place and screw back the supply line nut. If you decide to use the same supply line, you can make the connection under the cabinet. However, for using a new supply you can make the connection above by connecting the lines through holes.
For using a single handle faucet, you can connect it directly to a hole. Also, you can make use of an escutcheon plate to cover the other 2 holes of the sink. If you are planning to use this process, you have to attach the hot and cold line directly into the faucet.
For using a two-handle faucet, you have to attach the shank with the corresponding supply line. To do that, pull the down directly under the cabinet through the holes. Wait a minute; does your faucet have a pull-out spray hose as well? Don’t worry, you need not have to work much on it. Just let it feed through the neck of the faucet and slide the weight inside the hose. Then connect it with the faucet and keep the hose hanging freely.
After placing everything into the right position, screw the nut with your hand first. Then finish them tightening off with wrenchers. To make it more stable, you can use some putty to seal the faucet base. Do your new faucet’s nuts are made of plastic? Then maybe you will get difficulties while tightening it with wrenches. So, instead of wrenches, try using pliers.
Finally, you are done installing the faucet. Now turn on the water supply valves. Test accordingly if the faucet and sprayer are working properly. Let the water come down for a couple of minutes and check if any water is coming out through the line or leaks. If you notice any drip by wiping a rag around it, tighten it again using a wrench and make sure the leaks stop. Don’t tighten it too much or else you have to deal with cracked layers over the faucet. However, if still, the trouble doesn't go out, turn the water supply again and unscrew the nut to add another layer of putty to the threads.
That was everything on how to replace a kitchen faucet. If you’ve gone through the reviews, you’ll be able to solve your faucet issues right away. Make sure you do the same thing as I’ve told you and you’ll have your job done in no time.