25 / August / 2017
Few things in your home enjoy more use than your kitchen sink faucet, so at some point, you'll need to know how to replace a kitchen faucet. Maybe you simply want to swap out a chrome faucet with an oil rubbed bronze kitchen faucet. Hopefully you don't wait until you've got a leaky faucet! The steps to replace a kitchen faucet are much simpler than you may think, but there's some prep work you should do first. Before you start the installation process, you will need to choose the faucet that best suits your needs and the theme of your kitchen. The following guide will help you through the entire process, from picking the best kitchen faucets to showing you how to install a kitchen faucet.
What to Consider
There is nothing more frustrating than spending hours trying to decide which kitchen faucet to buy, only to discover it’s not what you really wanted. Most people follow an interior design theme in a kitchen. It's critical to choose a faucet that coordinates well with the rest of the room as well as one that will serve you best. For example, if you are someone who spends a lot of time doing meal preparations, a single handle kitchen faucet that is touch activated may be just the thing you need. A kitchen faucet with a sprayer makes cleaning fruits and vegetables easier. There is a vast array of options to choose from to finish the look of your kitchen, so take your time when deciding; make sure the faucet suits the theme of your kitchen as well as your needs.
Manufacturers produce kitchen faucets with a wide range of practical features designed to make everyday tasks easier. With so many different options available, deciding on the best kitchen faucet for your home may be overwhelming. To help you get started choosing the kitchen faucet that will be the best option for you, here are some of the things you will need to know before shopping for faucets.
Before deciding on the perfect kitchen sink faucet, you will need to know where the fixture will be mounted as well as what features you want. You first have to decide where you want the faucet to be mounted—the counter or the wall? Faucets that are mounted to the counter are also known as deck mounted. This popular option offers easier installation and typically has more features and a larger variety. Wall mounted faucets help you optimize space in a small kitchen and make it easier to clean around the sink. Wall mounted faucets are ideal for achieving an industrial look. They typically require installation by a plumber.
When choosing the size of the kitchen sink faucet, you will of course have to consider the size of the sink. For larger models, pulldown kitchen faucets give you total ease of motion, helping you cover those hard-to-reach corners.
Don't get stuck with a faucet that falls short. Make sure the kitchen sink faucet you choose will properly reach the entire basin of the sink. Spouts that are too high could cause splashing. Spouts that are too low won't give enough space for pots and dishes to stack below.
One of the first things you need to determine is how many holes you will need to mount your kitchen sink faucet. Additional features, such as soap dispensers, side sprays, air gaps or hot water dispensers, will obviously need additional holes. For example, you will need one hole for a pulldown spray, three holes for a two-handle faucet, and four holes for a bridge faucet with a side spray.
You will also need to determine the number of handles you will need. A kitchen sink faucet with two handles will allow you to individually control the hot and cold water to the desired temperature, while a single handle controls the two temperatures in a space-saving, ergonomic design.
To enhance your experience in the kitchen, consider selecting a model with special features for additional easy-to-use convenience. Some of the features available for kitchen sink faucets include:
Side Spray or Pull Out
The side spray or pull out kitchen faucet feature extends the faucet head with a hose to help you clean the sink, control the water direction, and fill large pots with a breeze.
Although electronic faucets differ by brand, most typically have a touchless ability for turning the faucet on and off. This type of faucet does require batteries or other power sources.
Some faucets come with a built-in filtering system to keep your water clean.
An included soap dispensers matches the style and finish of your kitchen sink faucet and de-clutters your counter.
Tools and Materials You’ll Need to Install a New Faucet
- Utility knife
- Pliers or a basin wrench
- Two adjustable wrenches
- Putty knife
- Work light or flashlight
- Plumbers putty (optional)
- Small scrub brush
- Sponge, towels and a bucket
Sometimes, the toughest part of how to install a kitchen sink faucet is removing the old one. There may be a variety of unexpected problems such as corroded pipes or fittings that are difficult to access. Other than situations like this, installing a new kitchen faucet is actually a fairly simple DIY project. Unless unforeseen problems come up, you could be using your new faucet in about an hour or two.
Removing the Old Faucet
The first and most important step when removing and installing a kitchen sink faucet is to turn off the hot and cold water. Typically, this can be accomplished by turning off the valves that are under the sink. After you've turned off the valves, turn the faucet on to make sure the water is off and to release any water left in the pipe and the faucet. Make sure you clean out the area underneath sink to allow enough space to work.
- Using the pliers or a basin wrench, unscrew the connections for the water lines; make sure to put the ends into the bucket to catch any water that may escape.
- Using a basin wrench, undo the mounting nuts that hold the faucet in place and set the old faucet to the side.
- Using a cleaner and small scrub brush, clean around the area to remove water stains and rust. Use a putty knife to scrape off any old putty, and be careful to not scratch the sink.
How to Install a Kitchen Faucet
Every brand of kitchen sink faucets has specific instructions for installation, typically included in the packaging. The steps below are general guidelines on how to install a kitchen faucet. Make sure to review the specific instructions included with your new faucet for any extra steps, such as installing a side sprayer.
- The new faucet may include a rubber gasket to seal the base to the sink. Place this between the base and the sink. If there isn’t a rubber gasket included with the new faucet, seal the base of the sink by applying plumbers putty to the sink where the base of the faucet will go.
- If a faucet cover plate is required, install it on the sink and make sure it is centered on the sink. Using a basin wrench or the pliers, tighten the hold-down nuts under the sink. Be careful to not over tighten plastic nuts.
- Mount the new faucet on the sink and use the pliers or basin wrench to tighten down the hold down nuts.
- Using two adjustable wrenches, attach the hot and cold water supply lines to the cut-off valves and the faucet. Make sure the cold and hot water supply lines are attached to the correct faucet lines.
- If you are installing a pullout sprayer, before placing the flexible hose, make sure to attach the counterweight that is included with the sprayer. The counterweight is necessary to help the hose spring back into the hole.
- Remove the aerator from the end of the faucet and set it aside.
- Turn on both of the water valves and check to make sure there aren’t any leaks under the sink. If there is a leak, use a wrench to tighten the fittings until the leak stops.
- Turn on the faucet and let the water run for a couple of minutes to clean out any debris that may be in the lines.
- Turn the faucet off and screw the aerator on.
- Use a cleaning product and a soft cloth to wipe down the sink and your new faucet.
Make sure to appropriately dispose of the old kitchen faucet. Remember, if complications come up while you are installing your new kitchen faucet, or if you simply don't feel confident completing the installation yourself, no one will judge you if hire a professional plumber. Sometimes, the damage you accrue by continuing a project you aren’t comfortable with may end up costing more than simply calling a local plumber for help. You should also contact a professional right away if you spring a leak.
Hope you've enjoyed our guide on how to install a kitchen faucet!
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