10 Things You Need to Know to Replace a Kitchen Faucet
Those kitchen faucets – they're like the undercover heroes of our kitchens. We don't really notice them unless they start leaking or acting up. When they're doing their job, they're practically invisible. But what if one day, your faucet decides to throw a little tantrum? Yep, that's when things get interesting.
Now, let's talk solutions. Some of us might immediately think, "Time to call in the plumbing pros!" And sure, that's an option. But guess what? It might dig a hole in your wallet.
Believe it or not, swapping out a kitchen faucet can be as breezy as a summer day. It's one of those satisfying DIY projects that can give your kitchen a mini makeover.
However, before you start unfastening bolts like a pro, there are a few pieces of information to keep in mind. Especially if you're a DIY rookie, these tips will be your lifesavers.
Don’t worry, we've got your back, We've lined up ten things that help to smooth out your DIY journey and make sure your faucet swap goes off without a hitch.
10 Things to Know for a Perfect Kitchen Faucet Replacement Job
1. Choose a New Kitchen Faucet
Choosing a new faucet can be easy as pie, as long you know exactly what you are looking for. Check what type of faucet configuration is best suited for your sink. It is better to take note of your sink configuration before starting your project.
Also, make sure to select the type and number of handles, spout length and type, and even the faucet material.
Quick Tip: If your budget allows, choose a copper or cast iron faucet. These materials can last longer and you can maintain them easily. But, if you’re constrained on budget, it is best to go with stainless steel, since it has rust and corrosion resistance, and can last longer than other inexpensive faucets.
2. Get the Tools for the Project
For any DIY project, having the necessary tools can help you to finish the project with ease. For our faucet scenario, it is best to have the following tools in your arsenal:
- Adjustable wrench
- Basin wrench (for working in tight spaces)
- Screwdriver set (mostly either a flathead or Phillips head screwdriver to get the job done)
- Teflon tape or plumber tape (for creating a water-tight seal)
- Large bowl or bucket (to collect remaining water from existing faucet line)
- Safety gear (goggles and eyeglasses)
The listed tools can help you get the job done, but some kitchen faucets require special tools. Most special tools are included with the faucet, so you should check the manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Cut Off the Water Supply
Turn off the faucet's main water supply valve under the sink. This cuts off your water, but that does not mean you can avoid all water leakage while you are working. If possible, turn off the main water supply valve in your kitchen.
You can avoid potential water leakage by shutting off the main valve. Also, it will be easy to identify if there are any water blockages in the valve.
4. Turn On the Old Faucet
Most of the time, there is internal pressure inside the faucet. It is really important to release that pressure. You do not need any special tools to remove the excess pressure. By just turning on the faucet, the pressure will be released. Releasing the pressure also helps to remove the excess water inside the faucet that can cause leakage when you take out the old faucet.
5. Remove the Old Faucet
After releasing the faucet pressure, it is time to remove it. Use the wrench and screwdriver to loosen the faucet from its fixture. Disconnect the water supply line using the adjustable wrench. Once all the connections are removed, gently remove the faucet from its place.
If it is an old faucet, it might be stuck in its place. Use the screwdriver to remove the old plumber putty to free the faucet. Ensure you have a bowl or bucket to collect water (if any) remaining in the old faucet.
6. Clean the Sink and Surroundings
Once you remove the faucet, it is time to clean the sink and surroundings. Take an all-green, nonabrasive cleaner to clean the sink. This makes sure that the sink’s surface does not get damaged during the cleaning and installation process.
Take paper towels or better a microfiber cloth and dap them all over the sink and surroundings and make sure it is dry.
7. Install the New Faucet
Most faucet installations have the same general steps:
- Put the faucet in place with a washer and nut.
- Tighten the nut with the adjustable wrench.
- Connect the water supply line to the faucet.
- Use the plumber's putty to make sure the faucet and supply line are secured properly with no leakage.
- Let the plumber putty dry for two-three hours.
You have installed your new kitchen faucet.
8. Check for Water Leakage
Once the plumber's putty is dry, open the main valve and check for water leakage. If there is any, use the Teflon tape to secure the area or tighten the screw properly. You should also check the faucet itself and make sure it is not damaged.
9. Check Both Streams of Water
Most households use both hot and cold water. Check the faucet and make sure that it outputs both streams properly. Also, check the pressure of the water. Sometimes, the water pressure can be low. If that is the case, you might have missed one of two things.
First, the main valve. Make sure that it opens fully to get the ideal pressure. Second, check the spout. Most faucets come with a small filter. You can remove it with the help of plyers, or a flathead screwdriver.
Check if there is any damage or blockage in the filter. Wash it properly and insert it inside the spout to get an ideal water pressure.
10. Tidy-Up the Area
Once you have done all the work, clean the sink, faucet, and the surrounding area with water and wipe it down with paper towels or a microfiber cloth.
Congratulations! You have successfully replaced your faucet with little or no money spent (except for on the faucet).
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No, it is not. With a proper guide and tools, you can replace your kitchen faucet quickly without having to spend money on professional help.
One of the easiest ways to check the logo or manufacturer information on the handle of your faucet. If the handle is dirty and filled with grime, take a cleaner and clean it to reveal the information.
No. The sink and the faucet come with a certain number of holes. You have to make sure your faucet configuration matches the number of holes in your kitchen sink. If those match, your faucet is good to go.
On paper, DIY looks cool and easy, but we know the first DIY project can be quite daunting. That is why we came up with ten things you should know to complete your project with ease.
By following the recommended steps, not only can you finish your project in a short time, but you can also save a lot of money.
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