Replacing the kitchen faucet can be two different reasons. Either it is not working well because of leakage, or you want to upgrade the look of the faucet. Changing the faucet is not a matter of big deal if you have a piece of right direction & a set of tools. In our home, we use the fixtures of the faucet more than others. Sometimes it can be outdated with fewer features or not seemingly with the other materials.
Before selecting the new piece of the faucet, you should learn all about the process & obstacles of it. Speed of water flow, slow or first, smooth or speedy, etc. Does the old faucet work nicely? If it yes, then you can upgrade your faucet in this project. A kitchen renovation is the most popular project nowadays, where the replacement of kitchen faucet is a part of it.
- Safety goggles
- Putty knife
- Adjustable wrench
- 8 in 1 screwdriver
How to Replace the Kitchen Faucet?
To replace your kitchen faucet, it can take 1.5 to 2 hours. To have a successful result, you should read all over the instruction guide carefully then start replacing tasks. Make sure that you have understood all the steps of kitchen faucet replacement. Follow our instruction guide to replace your kitchen faucet.
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Type of faucet
When you are going to take a new model faucet, you should also check out the current type of faucet. Because you will replace that faucet on the place of the existing faucet. So all the features or functions should have to match. Count the upper sink components. If you have two components like one faucet & another sprayer, then the number of holes can be 1 or 3.
Count the holes underneath your sink
If you go to the underneath of your sink there, you can find the holes required to connect your faucet line. Just count your faucet line. That can be attached by two or more nuts to hold it with your sink. For sprayers, you need another nut. So the holes can finally be four.
Shut off the water line
To avoid an unwanted situation in your kitchen, you should shut off the waterline of your faucet. For this purpose, you need to clear the underneath cabinet or the free space. Take out all storing things from that cabinet. Then place a bucket under the faucet hose line. On the location of the valve, you can find two switches for hot & cold water supply. So could you read them carefully to turn off or on?
Disconnect your garbage disposer if you have.
Having a garbage disposer is not compulsory with all models. If you have this option, then you should disconnect the circuit breaker from the main panel. Which one is connected with direct wired, you can unplug it to get neutral. To reinstall the new faucet, you need to remove the disposal under your sink. Then you can find the faucet line nicely.
The size of the disposal can be large or medium or small. By tapping the retainer ring, you can make it free. For old vases, you can also use the hammer. Now lie down under your sink & focus on the faucet access. It would be best if you also unscrewed the P- Trapline from the wall.
Removing the old faucet
By disconnecting all water lines & hose from your faucet, you can remove your old faucet. Use the adjustable ring to lose the channel of pipe & nuts. If you find that the gaskets are also worn out, then you should replace them. By using the basin wrench, you can remove the holding nuts. Socket wrench can be an alternative tool to remove them.
Now you can pull out your old faucet. Clean the surface to avoid any sudden accident. Make sure you have taken the exact measurement of sinks outside holes. This will help to set the new faucet properly. It means you are ready to follow any new instruction that comes with our new faucet.
Install the new faucet
First, you need to follow the instruction guide of the new faucet. Place your flange at the faucet opening place. Go to the underneath of the sink & tighten the flange nut. Flange alignment should be perfect. Now it is time to hook up your water lines again. Mount the faucet as much as remount the sink.
Use a gasket when sealing the new faucet. That should be placed at the tip of the thread & plate. Now reattach the shut-off valves. Hot & cold water connection. Just follow all instructions you have done while unplugging all the connections. Reconnect hose lines, nuts, holding screws, P- trap pipeline, then garbage disposal settings. Turn on a disposal power line, water supply line & others. Check the water is coming out nicely, or there still is any leakage. If you find any water leakage, then you should tighten all the connections, gaskets, washers properly.
Checking out all the parts of your faucet line, you can feel afraid to unplug it. It’s a daunting task to unplug all the joints & reinstall them correctly. But if you try these steps for one time, it will be easy for the next time. No need to be worried about that. If you fail to reinstall the parts of your faucet, then you can call a plumber. No matter what will happen. But if you try for one time, this will be a practice for you. So make all those experiments on your own.