At least once, most people will have a kitchen faucet that should be removed and then replaced with a new one. Rather this is caused by damage to the faucet itself or the fact that you simply just want a change in your home, a new faucet is something everyone faces. The good news is that the task is not as difficult as it seems.
This particular task does not require the expert knowledge of a plumber. Doing the task yourself at your home is very cost effective and it is easy. It does not take an incredible amount of time either. With a couple of hours, the right tools and a little bit of effort, you can have your old kitchen faucet off and a new one on.
But how does one replace their kitchen faucet? This task all starts with knowing the issue, addressing it, and then solving the issue.
How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet - Step by Step
1. Access the Situation and Buy What You Need
Figure out why the faucet should be replaced. If it is broken or damaged, try and figure out how this happened. It may be an indication to choose a different brand when you buy a new faucet than the brand that you are intending to replace.
While you access the problem with your faucet, figure out what you need to do the job, including tools. Make a checklist and then go out and buy the things you have determined you need. At this point, you will realize you may need multiple tools for this job.
2. Prep the Sink
Clean your sink down and the area under it. Remove any cleaning supplies from the storage under your sink and consider laying a soft mat or a cushion down where you will be working. Much of the work for replacing a faucet is done underneath the sink and requires you to lay on your back. It is best to do this work in the most comfortable position so you do not hurt yourself.
Prep your workspace, lay out your tools, extra piping and whatever else you may need for this job. It is always good to have your tools on hand so you do not have to go searching for them. Having your tools close by will make the job pass faster.
3. Shut Off the Water To Your Faucet
The last thing you want to happen in your home is water damage. Trying to do any kind of plumbing work without shutting off the water first is a good way to soak everything in your entire kitchen, including yourself. It is always the best choice to work safely and shut the water off. The valves are most likely found right under the basin of your sink.
After they are turned off, turn on the faucet. This will tell you if turning off the water was a success and it will also release any pressure in the pipelines.
4. Disconnect the Plumbing
Use a piping wrench to remove the water supply lines underneath your sink. They are not hard to find as they feed into the tap directly and supply it with water. You cannot detach the faucet if you choose to avoid doing this task. The plumbing must be disconnected.
Once you have disconnected everything and removed the piping, it will make your job of easier. Now that the piping is no longer obscuring your vision, it is a lot easier to see the mounting nuts that hold your faucet in place.
5. Unscrew Everything Holding Your Faucet Down
Under the basin of your sink, a few nuts firmly keep the faucet above in place. To remove them, you must use a basin wrench. Using this specialty wrench will allow you to pull the faucet away from the surface of your sink. You must remove the mounting nuts or else you will not be able to take the faucet away from the basin of your sink.
6. Remove the Faucet and Clean the Work Surface
Now that the faucet is loose, take it away from your sink. Clean your sink down after disposing of the old faucet. There may be old putty still stuck to the sink, make sure to remove this as it is important to make sure that the entire sink is clean. If it is not, you may cause issues when trying to create a watertight seal for your new faucet.
7. Install Your New Faucet
Following the instructions on your new faucet, install it into the place your old one took up. Make sure to read it thoroughly as you do not want to make any mistakes when installing. After the new faucet is installed, reassemble the plumbing and connect it to the new faucet. Turn on the water valves and make sure everything is in working order. If something is amiss, look at the instructions again to make sure you did not complete a step incorrectly.
Once your water is flowing again and without issue, your task is done.
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Removing a faucet to replace it is quite simple. Despite the fact that the task may seem intimidating, try not to let it get the best of you. With the right tools, preparation and time, you can replace your kitchen faucet in an afternoon.
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