Can you think of a complete kitchen without a kitchen faucet?
Well, to get an easy water supply installing a faucet in your kitchen sink is necessary. However, you may need to repair or replace your sink faucet because of leakages in the faucet or the supply line. It is a little tricky when you want to replace it with an old damaged kitchen sink faucet.
There are a few types of kitchen faucets are available in the market. Most often people use the single handle kitchen faucet in their kitchen. Installing and replacing a single handle kitchen faucet is easy and quick. So, if you are also replacing a single handle kitchen faucet, you have stepped in the right place. Here, in this primer, I’ve discussed the steps of how to replace a single handle kitchen faucet. So, let’s have a look.
Basic Steps On Replacing a Single Handle Kitchen Faucet
Step 1: Switch Off both cold and hot water line
Before beginning, shut off the water lines. The cutoff valves are usually located underneath the sink. In the rare case, they can be found in some other places like a utility shed also. Turn the valves in the clockwise direction and shut them off.
If you want to be sure you can keep them on for sometimes when you are turning the valve. If it has been a long time that you removed those valves, be very gentle while you turn.
Step 2: Turn on the existing kitchen faucet
After turning off the hot and cold water lines, turn on the faucet which you are going to remove. By this way, the pressure in the water supply lines will release. Besides, it lets you check whether the pipes are turned off or not.
Step 3: Detach the old faucet
Remove the nuts that keep the faucet connected to the sink. Locate and unscrew them. These nuts are often placed beneath the kitchen sink.
If the nuts are on the upper side of the sink, you have to remove the handle and deck plates. By removing them, you can access where the nuts are and unscrew them.
Step 3: Clean the sink area
After disconnecting the mounting nuts, lift out the old single handle kitchen faucet. Now, using an adjustable wrench remove the sprayer hose from the assembly. Then, lift out the disconnected sprayer hose.
Using a scouring pad, clean the sink area properly. If the escutcheon cap of the sprayer hose remains in good shape, you can reuse it. If not, replace the cap with the escutcheon cap of the new single handle kitchen faucet. Remove all the grim and putty. Also, clean the mold and rust and make sure that the new fixture is free from all the problems.
Step 4: Place the new deck plate
If the new faucet has a rubber or plastic gasket, place it on the proper holes in the sink. Again, if the faucet has no gasket or a putty plate, use plumber’s putty beneath the rim of the deck plate.
Place the string of plumber’s putty in the groove and press it lightly to settle it in its place.
Step 5: Position the new sprayer hose
Now, place the new sprayer hose. Slip down it through the sprayer hole and feed up it through the center of the faucet hole. Then, connect the hose to the sprayer nipple using an adjustable wrench.
And now it’s time to place the new faucet with the water supply lines. Read the manufacturer’s instructions to set the new faucet’s fitting into the assembly. Position it in the right place and then crawl back beneath the sink to adjust the new connections. Finally, connect the supply lines to the shut-off valves.
Step 6: Set up the new faucet
At this stage, you have to insert and feed the supply lines and the connectors into the center hole of the faucet. Make sure that the gasket of the faucet is in the right position. Now seat the new faucet.
Then, install the washer and nut under from the beneath of the sink to the end bolts. These bolts hold the faucet in its place. Lastly, tighten the nuts using a basin wrench.
Replacing a single handle kitchen faucet is one of the basic plumbing tasks. By following the guidelines properly, you can do this task easily. Besides, hiring a plumber for replacing a faucet is expensive. So, why costing so much when you can do it by yourself? Also, replacing the kitchen faucet yourself, you can ensure a proper replacement. So, save your money from going down the drain. I hope, this article will be a complete guideline for you as a beginner.