While shifting to a new home or doing kitchen renovations, faucet installation can become a hectic task. After the selection of your new faucet, its installation is also a time taking work and one must do it right to avoid any mishaps. Different faucets may have different configurations. Some have a 1-hole and some have a 3-hole configuration.
You must consider this point before purchasing a new faucet. Now if we talk about installation, if you have an old faucet installed already, you have to remove it first. To do so, we have listed the entire procedure in the form of steps for clarity. If there is no pre-installed faucet, you can directly see the installation steps.
How to Remove an Old Kitchen Faucet?
For the removal of the old faucet, you need tools like an adjustable wrench and basin wrench. If the nuts are rusty, go to a local hardware store to get something that could clean them. Now the main steps for removing a faucet are as follow:
- Turn of the water supply.
- Use an Adjustable ranch to disconnect both of the water lines from the supply.
- Underneath the sink, use basin ranch for shanks to remove the nut holding the faucet in place.
- If your faucet has a spray hose, disconnect the line that connects the hose to the faucet. And remove the pipe by hand carefully.
- After all the steps, pull the faucet out and clean the sink area.
How to Install a New Kitchen Faucet?
If you have purchased a 1-hole faucet while having a 3-hole in the sink, there is nothing to worry about. You can always cover up extra holes using an escutcheon plate. And if you have bought a 3-hole faucet, and have a 1-hole sink, call for professional assistance to cut new holes on the sink while keeping the distance of faucet holes in mind. For a 3-hole setting, measure the distance from center to center of the end holes to make sure that the new faucet will fit.
You should always refer to the installation guide provided along with the product by the manufacturer. Besides that, all the basic steps to install a new faucet are mentioned below:
- Collect all the necessary tools like an adjustable wrench, basin wrench, thread tape, plumber’s putty, or silicone caulk.
- To secure the faucet in its place and cover the extra holes to avoid leakage, check if there is a gasket given along the faucet by the company. If not, you can use a plumber’s putty or silicone caulk.
- Take gasket/ putty and put it on the faucet installation area.
- While holding the faucet, slide the shank and pipes under the sink through the hole. Make sure you are holding the faucet in the correct position.
- Using basin wrench, secure the shank using mounting kit i.e. washer and nut or mounting clip. You can use thread tape over it to make it more secure.
- Connect the faucet supply line with their respective water supply lines and secure it through an adjustable wrench.
- Slowly turn on the water supply while making sure the faucet is off. Always turn the cold one on first. Check if there is any leakage. If yes then close the supply and fix it properly and use tape.
- Now turn on the faucet in the sink and keep it on for a few minutes.
For Side Spray Faucet
If your faucet comes with a side sprayer, then before opening the water supply, follow these steps:
- The sprayer gasket comes with a washer, firstly remove it and place the gasket in its place and put the washer from under the sink
- Set the side sprayer in its place by sliding the pipe down from the hole.
- Connect it with the pipe under the faucet’s spout position through nuts and secure the connection with tape.
- Now you can follow the steps to given check the faucet connection.
How to Replace a Spray Head of Kitchen Faucet?
Spray in faucet are nowadays attached as the part of faucet head. Sometimes leakage issues start happening that make the replacement the only solution. For that you can simply buy the new faucet head in accordance with your faucet design and follow these easy steps to replace the spray:
- Firstly turn off the water supply from under the sink.
- Pull out the spray head from the faucet.
- Remove the old spray head. Most of the spray head can easily detach from the hose pipe by unscrewing. If not, use tools e.g. wrench.
- In a similar manner, reattach the new spray head with the hose pipe coming out of the faucet.
- Now slowly put the hose pipe back in the faucet and put the spray head in its place.
- Turn on the water supply and run the faucet to check for leaks.
Let us know in below comment section if you have any difficulty in installing or replacing your kitchen faucet or its head. We will guide you through.