You might need to replace an old kitchen faucet with a new one. Most faucets come with good instructions for installation and generally follow the same procedure. Some faucets come with the water lines already attached, and some don't. You need to purchase proper water lines for the faucets that don't come attached with the water lines.
How To Install A Kitchen Sink Faucet?
Drain Water Pipes
Do Necessary Preparations
– Look underneath the kitchen sink you are installing the faucet. You will find two water lines that run-up to the faucet. Find out which is the hot water line and which is cold. The hot water line is connected to the dishwasher.
– Turn off any electric switches and electrical equipment. Ensure your area is safe before you start working on the water lines.
– You might need some towels as some residual water will come out when you release the water line.
– You might need pipe wrenches to remove the water lines
Remove Water Lines
- Locate the valves of the hot and cold water pipes. Remove the water line from both the valves using the wrenches.
- Disconnect the water lines after unscrewing the nuts at the faucet connection.
- Unscrew the mounting nuts. After you remove the mounting nuts, the faucet will be free to be lifted out of the sink.
Remove The Faucet
- Simply pull out the old faucet out of the kitchen sink.
Install The New Faucet
- Take the hose guide and insert it into the hole. Take the hose guide mounting nut and go under the sink to screw it and fix the hose guide. You will be able to do tighten it using your hands, and you won't need a wrench in most cases.
- Feed the spray nozzle hose through the hose guide.
- Take the deck plate gasket and place it at the bottom of the deck plate of the faucet.
- Install the faucet into the openings.
- Take a quick-connect adapter and snap it onto the end of the middle/spray hose connection under the sink.
- Screw the mounting nuts on the both sides of the faucet with your hands under the sink.
- Connect the water lines you detached from the old faucet to the new faucet. Tighten them with your hand. After tightening them with your hand, use a wrench and tighten them enough so that they fit perfectly. Make sure that you don't over-tighten them.
- Attach the spray hose into the quick-connector.
Reconnect The Water Lines To The Valves
- Thread the water pipe endings before you screw them back to the valves.
- Connect the water lines back to the valves from where you removed them using your hands.
- Use wrenches to tighten up the connections, but make sure that you don't over-tighten them.
- You can use a Teflon tape on the threads of the connections for extra leakage prevention.
Inspect All The Connections
- Make sure that all the water pipes, valves, faucet, and mounts are fitted correctly.
Turn On The Water Supply
- Slowly turn the water supply at the main valve on.
- Check for the leaks at the all the connections.
Test Your Faucet
- Check your faucet and see if it is working properly.
- Keep the faucet on and check again for the leakage at all the connections.
- If you find any water dripping at any connection, turn off the main water supply and repeat the process for the connection that has leakage.
- If you find no sign of water leakage, your faucet is ready to use, and you can switch on all the electrical equipment and switches that you switched off.
Look at the below Infographic for short guideline
Fixing a kitchen faucet is not as complicated as it seems. You can do it yourself if you understand what you are doing. However, before you think of purchasing a new faucet to replace an old one, you must know which one you need.
You don't want to install just any faucet in your kitchen. It should be up to par with the rest of the materials and fittings. All kitchen faucets are used for the same purpose of cleaning pans or washing fruits, vegetables, etc., but they come in many variations. Click here for a buying guidelines of best kitchen faucet. Kitchen faucets last for years, make sure that you get the right one.