The hardest part of replacing a kitchen faucet is when it comes to dismantling the old one. Unexpected complications always pop up; difficult to reach screws, poor access due to small space and also corroded pipes. Otherwise replacing a kitchen faucet is not that tough.
Here are simple steps to help you Replace your Kitchen Faucet:
Step 1: Dismantle All The Drain Lines From The Faucet
Disconnect the p-traps and drain lines as they will be blocking your reach to the water supply pipes and faucet. Place a coffee can or bucket under the P-trap for residual water to drain into.
Step 2: Remove The Garbage Disposer
In case the garbage disposer is wired directly to the main service line, shut off the circuit and if not simply disconnect the garbage disposer. When disconnecting place some rags or some other object to cushion the disposer when it gets disconnected, then releases it by tapping the retaining ring in a anticlockwise direction.
Afterward, pull out everything under the sink and lie under to see if you can reach the tap. If you can proceed to step 3. however if you cannot consider dismantling everything blocking your access.
Step 3: Remove The Old Faucet
The first step to removing a old faucet is to cut the water supply line. In case the water pipes are directly connected to faucet’s supply line and there are no shut off valves in place, turn off the water supply from the house’s main water supply line.
Sometimes it can be very hard to loosen the nuts because they were either tightly fastened or due to rust. Is this is so, soak them in penetrating oil and give them some time before trying. However if it still doesn’t work consider pulling out the entire sink so that you can reach the nuts. Once you get to the nuts, loosen them using a pipe wrench or locking pliers to set the old faucet free.
Step 4: Install The New Faucet
After removing the old faucet, install the new faucet and make sure to tightly fasten it into place. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to pre-assemble everything back to its place. Tighten the nuts below the sink and confirm the faucet, sink hole and flange are in correct alignment. After which ensure everything else is in place, the garbage disposer has been hooked back, the water supply pipes reconnected. Once all this is done turn the water back on and your faucet will be good to go!