How to Install or Replace a Kitchen Faucet

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A kitchen faucet is an essential part of every kitchen. No kitchen is complete without a kitchen faucet.  This is one of the reasons why kitchen faucets are in great demand all over the world and this alone has contributed to the exploitation of demand by brands/manufacturers. This has made purchasing a kitchen faucet confusing and difficult task. There are certain factors that have to be considered while purchasing a kitchen faucet, once you have successfully purchased a product based on the factors. Then, you will have to install the product.

Installing a kitchen faucet is not that simple if you want your kitchen to be neat and clean and if you want it leak-proof then you will have to follow the steps mentioned below.

Please remember that not all bathroom faucets come with the same features and settings, there could be slight changes in the installation procedures. However, the steps explained here would be the general steps you should follow.

How to Install Kitchen Faucet

  • Step 1: If you have already purchased the kitchen faucet, let us hope you bought the suitable product. Now, open the product and read the instructions carefully mentioned by the manufacturer.
  • Step 2: Take out the gasket/trim ring/rubber from the kit that came with the product and place it over the faucet hole in the sink. If your faucet comes with a deck plate, place this deck plate above. If the manufacturer has provided putty or caulk for sealing the gaps, mix it and use it as the manufacturer has mentioned in the instruction.
  • Step 3: Now, feed the lines to the faucet through the holes in the sink.
  • Step 4: The next step is all about cleaning, bent down and if you have used any caulk or plumbers putty, wipe away the excess from underneath the sink.
  • Step 5: Now, on the faucet input that is visible from underneath the sink install the washer and the nut.
  • Step 6: if you have purchased a pull-down faucet and if you are trying to install it, you will have to attach the faucet to the supply pipe via the quick-connect hose. Now, gently pull down the hose and attach the weight. PS: always see to the fact that the weight has enough clearance to hang underneath the sink.
  • Step 7: Now, patiently connect the supply lines. Once, it is connected, use a plumbers tape to seal the joint. PS: Do not over-tight the connection.
  • Step 8: turn on the supply water tap slowly and inspect all the installed setup thoroughly for any leaks. If you find any leaks at the joints or connectors, then tighten if necessary.
  • Step 9: Then last and most important step would be to remove the aerator from the faucet outlet, now, patiently turn on the faucet and let the water flow through the faucet. Recheck the supply lines and faucet for any leaks and do the readjustments.
  • Step 10: Turn off the faucet now and then replace the aerator.

Your kitchen faucet is now ready for use.

Here is the systematic procedure to replace a kitchen faucet

Replacing a faucet is a bit complicated than installing a Kitchen faucet.  Follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Step 1: To replace a kitchen faucet, first turn off the water supply to the faucet. You could turn off it using the valve underneath the sink.
  • Step 2: Now, open the faucet and let the water drain out and therefore relieve the pressure.
  • Step 3: Pick up a wrench and a pair of locking channel pliers to disconnect the supply from supply outlet and from the faucet inlet. If the supply line hoses are old and worn out, consider buying new hoses.
  • Step 4: Once the supply lines are disconnected, pick up the wrench bent down and remove the nut that holds the faucet at a place from underneath the sink.
  • Step 5: Now, disconnect the line that firmly holds the faucet to the hose and sink as one.
  • Step 6: Pull out the old faucet from the hole of the sink and then clean the sink.
  • Step 7: Measure the hole diameter and the details and then purchase a suitable replacement for the faucet removed.
  • Step 8: Once you purchase the new faucet, follow the steps mentioned in the installing kitchen faucet section above. or follow these steps. Take out the gasket/trim ring/rubber from the kit that came with the product and place it over the faucet hole in the sink. If your faucet comes with a deck plate, place this deck plate above. If the manufacturer has provided putty or caulk for sealing the gaps, mix it and use it as the manufacturer has mentioned in the instruction.
  • Step 9: Now, feed the lines to the faucet through the holes in the sink.
  • Step 10: The next step is all about cleaning, bent down and if you have used any caulk or plumbers putty, wipe away the excess from underneath the sink.
  • Step 11: Now, on the faucet input that is visible from underneath the sink install the washer and the nut.
  • Step 12: if you have purchased a pull-down faucet and if you are trying to install it, you will have to attach the faucet to the supply pipe via the quick-connect hose. Now, gently pull down the hose and attach the weight. PS: always see to the fact that the weight has enough clearance to hang underneath the sink.
  • Step 13: Now, patiently connect the supply lines. Once, it is connected, use a plumbers tape to seal the joint. PS: Do not over-tight the connection.
  • Step 14: turn on the supply water tap slowly and inspect all the installed setup thoroughly for any leaks. If you find any leaks at the joints or connectors, then tighten if necessary.
  • Step 15: Then last and most important step would be to remove the aerator from the faucet outlet, now, patiently turn on the faucet and let the water flow through the faucet. Recheck the supply lines and faucet for any leaks and do the readjustments.
  • Step 16: Turn off the faucet now and then replace the aerator.

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