Kitchen sink is used a lot while cooking. An outdated style faucet or a leaking one would need urgent replacement. But it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to call a plumber over.
You can definitely do it yourself with just little step by step assistance from this article and voila! Having the skill to do it yourself is very important since it is one of the most common house maintenance project, weather just to fix a leaking kitchen faucet one or changing the faucet completely. Follow along in the article for the method , how to replace your kitchen faucet. Make sure to have some essential tools (mentioned below) and an hour or two from your time spared for this project!
Tools you Require to Replace Faucet
Adjustable wrench, 8 in 1 screwdriver, basin or socket wrench, channel lock pliers, plumbers putty and of course your new faucet!
Buying your New Faucet
Before buying a new kitchen faucet, make sure to check the kind you already have and buy the new one with the same fixing pattern depending on the holes available in your kitchen sink.
Faucets are easily available in the local hardware store. There are a number of faucets available based on your requirement like the two-hole faucet or a pull-out one.
Also before going to the store check your kitchen sink to make sure the water supply lines or the gaskets are not worn-out, if they are you, might consider replacing them as well.
Keep in mind different kind of faucets have different adjustment types and the replacement method changes slightly but essentially the process is the same as mentioned below.
How to Replace your Kitchen Faucet in Simple Steps?
Start by removing the old faucet. Clear out the sink area and turn off the shut-off valves of the hot and cold water supply lines.
The shut-off valves can usually be found under the sink in the sink cabinet. This will stop the water supply to the faucet and you are all set to start your changing process.
Make sure to open up the faucet after shutting off the valves to relieve pressure.
Now under the sink, using an adjustable wrench to disconnect both of the hot and cold water supply lines with assistance from the channel lock pliers.
Gently unscrew the nut, you might have to adjust yourself under the sink for this.
Next unscrew the faucet’s tail piece assembly. It would be easier if you use a basin wrench or a socket wrench to unscrew the nut that is holding the tail piece in place.
If your old faucet has a spray hose connected unscrew that too.
Remove the hose nut which connects it to the faucet, you can do it by gently pulling out the faucet half-way from above and disconnect the hose line from the faucet using the adjustable wrench.
Once the faucet is disconnected completely, pull it out gently and clean that area of the sink with a surface cleaner.
Now, you can attach the new faucet. Your kitchen sink would most likely have three to four holes at the top, where the new faucet would fit.
Measure the distance between the holes using a measuring tape and see how the components of the new faucet would fit inside them.
Make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions clearly as they would be for the specific faucet that you are installing.
When setting up the base of the new faucet you will need to seal it.
For that purpose, some of the new faucets come with a sealing gasket, just fix the gasket between the base of the faucet and the kitchen sink or if yours doesn’t.
You can use plumbers’ putty, just apply it around the groove of the base plate to seal the base so that the water doesn’t drip down to the cabinet.
Once fixed, thread the faucet hoses through the base plate.
Now fix the new faucet to the kitchen sink by threading the flange underneath the sink that comes with the faucet through the hoses and tail piece of the kitchen faucet and fix it in place by screwing the nut on the tailpiece with the help of a socket wrench or basin wrench.
Attach or screw the supply lines of hot and cold water to the faucet and the shut-off valves, underneath the sink.
Make sure to attach the hot water supply line to the left and the cold water supply line to the right. Reconnect the spray hose as well if your faucet has one.
Once connected, turn on both of the shut-off valves from underneath the sink and turn on the faucet. If there are any leaks fix them by reattaching or tightening your connections and that is it, your new faucet is installed!