The faucet is nothing but a tap that is used to release the water supplied from the tank. A good faucet improves the appearance of the kitchen. When you have the best faucet with a sprayer and soap dispenser then life in the kitchen couldn’t be better. A perfectly maintained faucet with good water pressure can make washing dishes enjoyable.
So it is highly recommended to maintain your faucet and keep them in a good condition. You should remove them in a while to clean and install them back. Here in this post let me explain to you how to install the faucet. You can follow these steps to install a new one or fixing the faucet and the repair.
How to Install or Replace Kitchen Faucets
The required tools for installing the faucet are listed below. I have divided them into two categories.
Must have tools for installing the faucet:
- Adjustable wrench
- Pipe Cutter
- Screw Driver
- Faucet to be installed.
It is good to have the below items. Even if you don’t then it’s not an issue you can adjust it.
- Cotton towel (For cleaning)
- Safety glasses & Gloves
The following are the steps to install a faucet in your kitchen sink. Either it may be a new installation or a replacement installation (Removing the old faucet and upgrading to the latest one) The process is the same. If you are going to replace the old faucet then you must remove the old faucet and try to figure out how many holes are there to install a new one. You must know those details before you buy a new faucet. So below are the steps to install a new faucet.
Steps to Install New Faucets or Replace Old Faucets
Note for you: Whenever you are going to remove/install the faucet make sure to disconnect the water lines from the faucet. If you forgot to do so then be prepared to mop the kitchen floor.
1. Remove the old faucet (if applicable)
If your faucet is damaged or outdated it is highly recommended to change the faucet. To remove the faucet you need to remove the water supply lines that are connected to the faucet from underneath. If it is a single-handle faucet then there will be only one water pipe connected to it. If it is a double-handle faucet then there will be two water lines that bring hot and cold water lines into the faucet. Before removing these water lines make sure to shut off the valve.
Use flashlights to see underneath the sink and detach the water lines from the faucet. And then remove the mounting screws of the faucet and take away the faucet. In order to remove the screws, you might need the help of a screwdriver or a wrench. After removing the faucet you can use soap or any other cleaning liquid to clean any rust, dirt from the surface and make it look good. A good clean surface will also reduce the chances of rusting on the new faucet.
2. Installing the new faucet
As I mentioned earlier you must choose the new faucet depending on the mounting holes in the sink. If you gonna choose one that needs an extra mounting hole then you need to make one before trying to fit the faucet. If the mounting holes are right for the faucet you choose then you can proceed to install the faucet.
Inside the new faucet box, you will be provided with the mounting plate. The mounting plate is used to hide the extra mounting holes in the sink for the faucet. There might be scenarios like this. The sink might have three mounting holes and you have bought a single handle faucet that requires only one hole. So you can use the mounting plate to close the remaining mounting holes in the sink.
Some faucets have hot and cold water lines inbuilt in them, but for some faucet models, they are not installed by default. They will have the threaded nut in them and we have connected our own supply lines to them. You can connect the supply lines with thread with tape over them for better grip and leak-proof connection. Also when you are connecting the hot and cold lines make sure to connect them correctly else the pipe connection might change and will cause confusion.
3. Connecting the faucet
Let’s assume that you are connecting a single-handle faucet in a sink with three mounting holes. If so then the center hole goes for the faucet water connection and the side two holes (First and the last one) will be used to hold the mounting plate. After you fit the mounting plate the holes won’t be visible.
After placing the faucet go underneath the sink and tighten the screws. Before you tighten the screws make sure to fix the faucet in the correct position. Use the basin wrench to tighten the faucet and the water supply lines. It is advised to use two wrenches if you are tightening the supply lines. If you use two wrenches then the work can be done without any damage to the water lines.
4. Check for leakage
After you connect all the water supply lines back to the faucet, it is very important to do a leak test before calling it a day. Here are the steps to check leakage in a faucet connection.
- Make sure all the water supply lines including hot and cold water supply lines are connected to the faucet.
- Turn on the valve that controls the water supplies from the tank.
- Now if it is dark underneath use the flashlight or simply you can touch and feel if any water is leaking in the supply line joints.
- Also, check on top of the faucet for any water leakage. If no leakage then your pipeline connections are solid and leakproof.
- Now you can open the faucet and test the water flow and the water pressure. If everything okay then the installation is successful.
Also, make a note that different faucet brands will have installation methods that are slightly different from each other. Here the installation method we instructed is a generic one and fits all the faucet types. If you have any doubts about the installation method please do leave a comment below.