The kitchen faucet is the exciting part of the sink. Some add up to the kitchen’s décor and style, while others are just installed for the primary purpose of providing continuous water supply.
We often take the kitchen faucet for granted until something happens and we have to fix it. For example, the mechanism has stopped turning, or you think it is time to upgrade to a new one.
We will guide you on how to complete this task with ease and what you need to know before you start replacing the old kitchen faucet.
We recommend buying a new one before you start the process. Having the new faucet ready to be replaced, will help in getting things done quicker. Before we continue, check these instruments below to ensure you have everything you need for clean and professional removal of the faucet.
- Containers for water
- Basin wrench
- Putty knife
- Towels or old clouts
- Penetration oil
Steps on how to do it
1. Turn off water supply system
The first step is to shut off the water source connected to the faucet. If you can, turn the main water supply to the house.
Under the sink, see where are the water supply valves that you need to turn off. Most of the time there are two of them – for cold and hot water.
Be gentle because probably they were not moved for quite some time, and if you rush it, they might break. Take the containers you had prepared and put them under each valve. Water may start draining away from the valves.
After you do that, turn on the faucet to verify the first step is completed. Keep in mind that you will see the remaining water draining away again. This will also release any pressure built up on the line.
2. Disconnect water supply pipe from the valve
Here the pliers will come into use. Take them and disconnect the pipelines from the valve. Prepare with two sets of pliers for this step. Use one for holding the valve and the second one for unscrewing the pipeline.
You should remove the top-mounted faucets under the sink. Wiggle the pipe back and forth until it fell on its own. Take a container and prepare towels beforehand to catch the water that remained in the valve and needs to drain away.
3. Remove mounting nut
Put penetrating oil on the lock nuts, and start removing the mounting nut under the sink. Some of them might be behind the sink, so make sure that you can reach them entirely or at least be careful not to miss them.
Use the basin wrench for their removal. The movement should be counterclockwise. If you have a hard time turning the nuts, leave them for a while and apply more penetrating oil. If the mounting nuts get stripped, use a hacksaw to cut off the locks.
4. Remove the kitchen faucet
First, wiggle the faucet, then try to remove it from the sink. When you take it out, clean the place. Take the putty knife to get rid of residue or caulking. It is essential to clean the sink thoroughly before putting in the new faucet.
5. Clean the sink
Putty and hard water are always building up and making things ugly. Take this chance and remove it as much as you can.
We do not recommend any scratching scouring pad. You do not want to end up damaging the surface of the sink, which will be hard to fix later. Use a gentle washing sponge to clean it and find a good strong detergent that will do the most part.
There are different types of kitchen faucets. Watch carefully which one you need to remove. When the old kitchen faucet is off, check for any instructions that might come with the new one. Make sure you have all the tools needed for installing it before you start the process.
Do not worry! You will do just fine without a professional to remove and install the kitchen faucet. All you need is a little preparation, knowledge on what to expect, some additional tips, and determination.