Replacing a kitchen faucet isn’t that hard of a task. Anyone, if given the manual, can easily work things out. But the problems don’t come up announced. Leakage and pipe breaking are some of the common issues to deal with while changing a faucet.
In this guide, we'll take you through step by step on removing your old faucet to setting up the new one easily. We'll also talk about how to deal with any unexpected problems, if they ever arise, and solve things up along the way.
Some Things to Keep in Mind While Changing Your Faucet
Shutting Off the Water Valve
This is one of the most common, if not the most common, mistakes people make while trying to change. There's a valve under the sink that has "on," "off" written on it. Turn it off.
If the valve is old and rusty, you might need to give some force to turn this. However, if that is of no help, you can use a hammer or wrench to put extra force on the valve. But make sure the valve is in good shape, or else it might crack.
In case you're confused about the valve condition and might risk yourself getting a shower under your sink, a good idea can be to turn off the main water line of your house. This is not needed—just an extra safety measure.
Use Lights and Hammer If Needed
The underside of the sink area is damp and dark. Don't try to work without light. Make sure the room is well lit, and you can see the valve and garbage collector clearly.
You can also use a hammer to take the garbage collector down by tapping slowly on the collector's ring.
Don’t Try to Do Complex Projects Alone
If your sink includes extensive tubing or sensitive connections, then it's probably a good idea not to do the job on your own. You can make a costly mistake and might lose the whole interest of working on the project.
Depending on the complexity of your project, you should think of hiring someone with experience in setting up and managing kitchen sink faucets. A professional's work will be much more intricate than that of a newbie.
Know What Faucet Is Best for You
It’s easy to decide on a pretty, glazed faucet. But you should take time while choosing one for your next replacement project. Measure its length, the spray type, check what the nozzle is made of and its intrusion type. If everything seems suitable, then decide.
How to Change Out Kitchen Faucet?
Now that we know what to keep in mind before changing a faucet, let’s talk about the actual process of doing the work –
Disconnect Water Line
Usually, all sink water lines will have a turning valve that you can shut off and turn on the sink with. But there's a little possibility of some sinks not including a shut off valve. If you see there's no valve, get one and set it up in the waterline.
Now, check the water tubes that feed on the main water line input and go to the faucet nozzle. These tubes are made to last and are generally not needed to change in a few years. Check your tubes to find damages. If you need to replace it, get a new tube.
Clean off the surrounding water pipes near your sink and open the garbage dispense under the sink. It’s important to fresh start a new faucet. Take time to remove all the debris away on and inside of the sink pipes and garbage dispenser.
In this step, you can turn off your house's main water line if you detect any issues with the water valve. If you cannot turn off the valve by hand, get a wrench to do the work. Some grease can be used in this step if needed.
Unless your sink is too old and rusty, the valve should come out easily. If you need to replace the pipe and valve, do this before changing the faucet.
Setup New Faucet
This step is quite simple. You basically follow your manufacturer’s guide to set the faucet. Make sure to keep the pipes and flange in place.
Connect Water Line
Now that you've set up the new faucet, turn on the water lines and check for any leaks as the water keeps running. Let some water drain from the pipes to clear out any dirt, if there is.
There aren't any complicated steps or processes involved while changing out a kitchen faucet. If you keep an eye on the common, possible issues and follow the manufacturer's guide, you'll be good to go for the task.