DIY replacing your faucet

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Gina Napsin
May 24, 2024
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Removing the old kitchen faucet is the most difficult element of the replacement process. Corroded pipes, difficult-to-reach nuts, and restricted access to fittings are some unforeseen issues that frequently arise.
When dishes were in the sink, it was challenging to fill a large pot due to the old sink's extremely short faucet. Additionally, the soap dispenser hasn't worked properly since we moved in. Otherwise, setting up a new kitchen faucet is not at all difficult, and understanding how to install a kitchen faucet can completely change the look of your room and prevent you from hiring a plumber, saving you at least $100.

Gather tools

Almost any faucet can be installed with an adjustable wrench, some plumber's putty, and Teflon tape.

Turn off the water supply and disconnect the hose

Turning off the water is the first thing you need to do. Hot and cold water pipes with shutoff valves on the front or top should emerge from the wall in pairs. Typically, the left is hot, and the right is cool.
If you have a single pipe with a splitter like this one, it can deliver cold water to a refrigerator in addition to the faucet. The knobs should be tightly closed after being turned clockwise.

Remove the existing faucet

You must remove the old faucet if you're replacing it rather than installing it from fresh. The supply lines should first be disconnected from the faucet using a wrench. The mounting nuts holding the faucet to the sink must be removed before the faucet can be removed. After separating the hoses, carefully remove them and use a multipurpose cleaning solution to scrub the area around them.

Insert the new faucet

Thread the new faucet into place using the mounting holes as a guide. Use your assistance now to check that it is in the proper position before tightening it. The water supply lines [labeled hot and cold] can then be reattached, but take care to prevent kinks. Simply curl rather than kink if you need to be shorter. Hand-attach the lines, then use the wrench to tighten them.

Turn the water back on

Reconnect the water pipes and install the faucet, after which you should check for leaks by turning the water back on. Allow the water to run for enough time to ensure that no air or debris is obstructing it, then tighten the connections as necessary. Always cleanse the supply pipes of the faucet to guarantee adequate flow and the absence of blockages.

Test for leaks

To check for leaks, turn on the faucet and let it flow for about a minute. To check if any water leaks out of any connections, feel all of them and tighten them as necessary. Over the following 48 hours, check again to ensure everything is operating as it should. If everything is dry, you're done!