Your kitchen faucet is one of the most active fixtures in the household. Washing hands, food and dishes means that the faucet is always being turned on and off throughout the day. In a short time period, the faucet can wear down and appear unsightly. You don’t have to live with an unattractive kitchen faucet because replacing it is relatively simple. Take a close look at how you can replace the faucet with little effort and few tools.
Grab Your Tools
You always want to be prepared when you start any project. A faucet-replacement project only requires a few tools. Look for your Philips screwdriver, standard screwdriver and hand wrench. You’ll also want to have a bucket and rags nearby for any water leaks. A proper faucet project will always leak some water so keep the bucket handy in order to protect your cabinets and floor. If your new, faucet model indicates any specialty tools, such as Allen wrenches, have those items ready too.
Turn Off the Water Valves
Crawl under your kitchen sink and look at the wall. You should see two valves or levers attached to the water hoses that dangle from the current faucet. In most cases, the left-side valve controls the incoming hot water while the right-side valve is cold water only. Turn the valves clockwise so that you shut off the water supply to the faucet itself. If you attempt to remove the faucet with the valves on, you can possibly flood the kitchen.
Release the Pressure
Your work with the water supply isn’t finished yet. Although there’s no new water entering the faucet, some trapped water is still present. Turn your faucet on with its normal levers. Start with the hot-water side and allow any trapped moisture to drain into the sink. Shut off the hot-water lever and repeat this process with the cold water. You’re releasing water pressure by following the steps and reducing any leaking problems.
Disconnect the Water Hoses
You’re free to disconnect the water hoses at the valves underneath the sink. Take a close look at the hoses and verify the proper tool for removal. In most cases, you’ll only require a wrench to loosen the hoses. Detach the hoses from the wall, and allow them to drain into your bucket. If you’ve performed the previous steps, the drainage will be minimal.
Adding the Base and New Faucet
At the countertop level, carefully lift the old faucet upward while allowing the water hoses to snake out of the cabinetry. Remove the hoses from the faucet by using the wrench. Connect them in the same orientation to your new faucet. Place the new faucet base onto your countertop. It should cover all of the holes, such as two or four, while allowing access for the necessary hoses. Place the new faucet onto the base while directing the hoses into the holes and cabinet.
Tightening Up the Assembly
Venture underneath the sink, and tighten all of the hose connections. Don’t overtighten them, however, because they can become stripped at the threads. Turn the water valves back on. Test the faucet by turning on the water. It might take a moment for the flow to begin.
As you work through the replacement steps, be observant about your faucet and sink features. When you pull the faucet off of the counter, you might see extensive rust or mineral buildup. Instead of installing the new faucet on a dirty surface, take some time to clean the space up. Your new faucet will last longer and adhere better to the countertop as a result. This faucet might last several years before a replacement is necessary again.