Do you have a kitchen faucet that is broken and needs to be replaced? If so, you may be wondering if you can do this job on your own. Here are some tips for replacing a kitchen faucet for those that have not done it before.
Replacing a faucet means getting underneath the kitchen sink to remove it, so get ready by removing everything from underneath the kitchen sink. Doing so should make it much easier to get into the tight space to loosen all of the connections.
You'll also want to shut off the hot and cold water lines underneath the sink as well while you are down there. Turn the faucets on to drain all remaining water from the lines, then shut off the faucets.
Place a bucket underneath the water lines as well to catch any water that may drip down during the replacement process.
For sinks that have an attached sprayer, you must remove the device next. The sprayer should unscrew from the main hose, but make sure the hose does not fall underneath the sink and allow any water in the hose to fall into the cabinet. Slowly lower it under the cabinet and drain the water line into the bucket. Keep in mind that disconnecting the sprayer may require a wrench if it is on very tight. Next, remove the hose from where it attaches to the water lines.
Supply Line Disconnection
There will be two water hoses that go to the faucet, which are those supply lines for the cold and hot water. They can be disconnected by unscrewing them from underneath the sink. You should not need to disconnect the supply lines from the wall, just from the faucet.
Retaining Nuts Removal
Finally, you'll need to remove any retaining nuts that are holding the faucet to your kitchen sink. These retaining nuts have the potential to corrode due to spills and leaks from being attached to the sink. You might need to soak the retaining nuts with a lubricant and let is soak for a few minutes before you can remove the retaining nuts. Then you'll be able to loosen them with a basin wrench. With the retaining nuts gone, you can pull up on the faucet to remove it from the sink.
If you are not up to the task of replacing the faucet, or want to see if a plumber can fix it for you, reach out to a local professional, like one from Arnold & Sons_Plumbing Sewer & Drain Services, that can do it for you.