Do you often see your kitchen faucet leaking?
Do you brush it off until the weekend arrives before calling over a plumber?
A leaking faucet contributes to unwanted water consumption.
Homes in the United States waste close to 1 trillion gallons of water every year.
But when you address these leaks, you can enjoy up to 10% savings on your monthly water bills.
Though you can call your friendly neighborhood plumber, did you know that you can take on the task yourself?
But the question is do you know how to replace a kitchen faucet?
Continue reading below as we give you a step-by-step guide on replacing your faulty kitchen faucet.
Key Parts of a Faucet
First, there is the aerator.
This is the small mesh that you find at the tip of the faucet.
The aerator is the part that breaks the water flow into several small streams.
It helps reduce the water flow volume to avoid splashing on the sink.
Next is the spout, which delivers water coming from the faucet’s body into the sink.
Spouts come in different designs and styles.
Another important part of the faucet is the handle.
This is the part that serves as the lever, which you pull up or down whenever you wish to use the sink.
Some valves help control water flow and temperature.
Of course, there is the body where all the magic happens.
This is where the faucet system mixes the cold and hot water before the latter passes through the spout.
Last but not least, there is the deck mount.
This is the part where the faucet connects to the sink.
You simply need to drill some holes on the sink to secure the faucet on top of the mount.
How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet
Learning how to replace a kitchen faucet is as important as learning about important heating tips during winter.
Though replacing a faucet requires some tools, the process is not as hard as you think it is.
Check out this simple guide below:
Removing the Old
We can divide the process into two parts.
First is removing the old faucet and the second is replacing it with a new one.
Let’s tackle the first part:
Close the Valves
The first thing you must do is close the water valves of the faucet.
You can find these knobs of these valves under the sink.
These vales also attach to your pipes.
Turn the knobs until they are perpendicular to the pipes closest to them.
Also, unplug your garbage disposal if you have any.
Ease the Water Pressure
Turn on the faucet and let the remaining water flow.
This will help relieve any water pressure that is remaining inside the faucet and the pipes.
Make sure to keep the faucet on during the replacement process.
Unscrew the Nuts of the Water Lines
Take an adjustable wrench and carefully loosen the nuts that connect the hoses to the water lines.
To identify the nuts, look for the ones with the hexagonal shape.
Keep on unscrewing until you can turn the nuts using only your fingers.
Once you reach that point, stop unscrewing and start detaching the hoses from the old faucet.
Moreover, place an empty bucket or an old towel underneath the valves.
This will help keep the cabinet and the floor dry in case water leaks out.
Remove the Nuts from the Faucet
Take a basin wrench and remove the nuts from the faucet.
A basin wrench is a type of wrench that comes with a long handle.
This helps you unscrew hard-to-reach nuts under the sink.
Make sure to adjust the length of the handle until you achieve a comfortable position.
Hold the nut from the left side while turning the wrench counter-clockwise until it loosens.
Additionally, you may ask someone to hold the faucet from above the sink.
This will help keep the faucet steady as you loosen the nut.
Pull the Faucet from the Sink
Once the nut is loose, you can start pulling the faucet up from the sink.
If you see some grime around the sink, take an old washcloth and dampen it with some multipurpose cleaner.
Clean the sink accordingly until you take out all the grime.
Installing the New
Now that you’re done with Phase 1, you can now install the new faucet.
Here’s how you do it:
Begin the Assembly
Start by assembling the new faucet.
Take note that this only applies if your faucet comes unassembled.
When attaching the tubes, make sure to put the right amount of force.
Make sure to follow the instructions to the letter.
You wouldn’t want to damage your new faucet before even using it.
Cover the Holes on Your Sink
Get a deck plate or some trimming rims and cover any additional holes in your sink.
Make sure to align the deck plate carefully.
Ensure that you have enough holes in your sink to accommodate the connections of the new faucet.
Insert the Supply Tubes
Insert the tubes inside the holes and connect them accordingly.
Tighten the nuts carefully using your basin wrench.
After securing the tubes, connect the sink sprayer to the faucet.
Attach the Hoses to the Water Lines
Lastly, connect the faucet supply hoses to the water lines.
Screw the nuts and make sure they are finger-tight.
Furthermore, you may wrap three layers of Teflon tape around the connection for more leak protection.
If you are installing a hot-and-cold faucet, make sure you have the right lines in place to avoid any mix-ups.
Complete the process by reinstalling your garbage disposal.
Increase Your DIY Skills
Learning how to replace a kitchen faucet offers numerous benefits.
You will reduce water wastage and reduce water bills.
You also don’t have to pay for plumbing services.
But fixing your faucet is only one of the many things you can learn.
We invite you to check our other blog posts. We discuss topics that will help increase your DIY skills.