The faucet is one of the most functional and hardest working appliances in the home and wears out after some time. The kitchen faucet helps us wash vegetables, fresh fruits and remove too much grime from dishes before going into the dishwasher. If your kitchen faucet does not work correctly, it whacks everything in your home like hands dirty, dishes pile up, smell in the kitchen, etc. Like other fixtures, unfortunately, the kitchen faucet does not exist forever.
It wears out with time, so you need to replace it before creating an imbalance in your home. If you do not know when you need to replace the faucet, we will discuss some signs by whom you will know. Replacing or installing a kitchen faucet is a challenging task; you need to do the process of replacing or installing carefully. Here we will mention the steps of replacing your lousy kitchen faucet.
Signs You Need To Replace Your Kitchen Faucet
You need to replace the faucet when you realize that your faucet is very old and worn out. Mainly the life period of the kitchen faucet depends on the model and make of it. You may not be able to determine the lifespan of the specific faucet. You can find information related to the life span of faucets from the manufacturer. Even if you can not figure out the information, replace the faucet over 10 to 15 years old.
If your faucet is cracked or stuck from somewhere and water takes time to come out when you open it, there are signs of corrosion and rusting inside, so you need to replace your kitchen faucet immediately.
Keep Leaking Even After Fixing It
Sometimes, it may be possible to correct the leaky faucet by fixing it, but if the leaking problem is not solved even after fixing it one or two times, do not waste your time and money. Replace it as soon as possible because continued leakage leads to mold growth.
Tools And Supplies You Will Need
- The new faucet
- 4 in 1 screwdriver
- Wrenches in various sizes
- Slip joint or channel locking pliers
- Wrench set
- Tube cutter
- Old rags and towels
- Flexible supply lines
- Tape measure
- 150 grit sandpaper
- P- Trap
How To Replace A Bad Kitchen Faucet?
Clear Under Sink Area And Turn Off Valves
First, remove everything under the sink to start the replacement process. While doing this, lay down old cloth or towels on the cabinets not to damage because any water comes from water lines. Next, remove all the water valves gently that are connected to the hose. You should need to remove cold and hot water valves situated under the sink. To remove valves, use an adjustable wrench and loosen up the screw that holds the valves together.
Disconnect Water Supply
After removing valves, the next step is to disconnect water lines. Two water lines are connected with your faucet. You need to remove them. During replacing faucets, also replace the supply and gasket lines. If you have outdated fixtures, you need to replace flexible supply lines. You need an adjustable wrench with channel locking pliers for replacing flexible supply lines.
Remove Old Nuts And Hoses From The Old Faucet
This process may be complicated because you need to remove nuts and hold the faucet. In addition, the corrosion and rust build-up in the nuts make it difficult to open them. Use a socket wrench to remove nuts; use a basin wrench if you don’t have it. After opening nuts, you will find a line more profound into the design that connects to the hose. Your old faucet is connected to the hose, so you need to disconnect them.
Clean Up The Area
Once you successfully remove the old kitchen faucet. Start cleaning up the surrounding areas and the cabinet located under the sink. Never install a new faucet before cleaning every part of the disassembled region if you want that replacing part to go for a longer lifespan.
Installing A New Faucet
Start the installation process by lining the deck plate if your sink has three holes. If not, then you do not need a deck plate. Instead, use a gasket to seal the lips of the plate. Make sure that you use thread ideally to seal hoses and stop leaking water particles. Applying putty to the surrounding gives the replacement fixture strengths. After applying thread, gasket, putty, now place the faucet to its place.
Replace The Nuts
Now it’s time to replace the nuts which you removed earlier. First, properly tighten the nuts by using a basin or socket wrench.
Connect Water Supply Lines
After putting everything in its place, connect the water supply lines you removed. There are two hoses available in the kitchen faucet, the right one for cold water and left for hot water. Check whether the replacement is done right or wrong, turn on the water supply. If there is no leakage, this means the replacement is done successfully.
Things To Keep In Mind During Replacement Of Kitchen Faucet:
Never Start Work Without Shutting Off The Water Supply
One of the main things to keep in mind during the replacement of kitchen faucets is to make sure that you shut off the water from your sink. If you don’t do this, you may face a huge mess and flooding in your kitchen.
Buy The Right New Faucet
Keep in mind that every kitchen faucet does not match every kitchen. So choose the right one that fits into your sink and helps you to do daily kitchen tasks comfortably.
Arrange The Right Tools
Before replacement, know about the tools you need. Arrange the right tools to do the task quickly.
A bad kitchen faucet gives the kitchen a dirty and smelly look because of leakage and the smell of rust or corrosion. Replacement of kitchen faucets is crucial to do the kitchen tasks perfectly. You can do the replacement without hiring the professional by yourself by following the abovementioned steps. We mention some points which you need to keep in mind to make your work easy.