Replacing a kitchen faucet can be a simple DIY project, but it starts with the crucial step of removing the old faucet. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the process of removing a kitchen faucet step by step. Whether you’re upgrading your kitchen’s look or addressing a leaky faucet, being prepared and following these instructions will make the removal process smooth and hassle-free.
Shut Off Water
Before you start removing your kitchen faucet, it’s essential to turn off the water supply. Under your kitchen sink, you’ll find two shut-off valves—one for hot water and one for cold water. If these valves are in good working order, close them by turning them clockwise. If the valves are old or non-functional, you’ll need to shut off the main water supply at your house’s water meter.
Confirm Water Is Off
To ensure the water is indeed turned off, turn on the hot and cold water taps of your kitchen faucet. If no water flows, you’ve successfully shut off the water supply.
Disconnect Water Supply
Place a container under the shut-off valves to catch any remaining water in the supply tubes. Now, you can disconnect the hot and cold water supply tubes. Start by unscrewing the nuts connecting the supply tubes to the shut-off valves. If the shut-off valve begins to turn as you unscrew the nut, use another wrench or pliers to keep it in place. If your supply tubes are old or challenging to remove, consider replacing them when you install the new faucet.
Remove Faucet Mounting Nuts
Remove the faucet mounting nuts that secure the faucet to the sink. These nuts are threaded onto the faucet tailpiece, located high up under the sink and behind the basins. Depending on your faucet’s style, there may be one or two mounting nuts. Accessing these nuts can be tricky due to the confined space. A basin wrench is a valuable tool for this task. Turn the nuts counterclockwise to remove them. If the nuts are hard to turn, apply penetrating oil and allow it to sit for a while before trying again.
With the mounting nuts removed, you can now gently wiggle the faucet from above the sink and take it out. In some cases, you may need to apply some force if the faucet seal has hardened against the sink.
Clean the Surface
After removing the old faucet, clean the surface of the sink where it was installed. Carefully remove any residual putty or caulking from the sink’s surface and use a non-scratching scouring pad to clean it thoroughly. This step ensures a clean and smooth surface for installing the new faucet.
Getting Ready for Installation
Now that you’ve successfully removed your old kitchen faucet, you should prepare for the installation of your new faucet. It’s a good idea to have your replacement faucet on hand to minimize the time you’ll be without a functional kitchen faucet. Installing the new faucet is the next step to complete your kitchen upgrade.
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Can I use regular pliers to remove the faucet mounting nuts?
While regular pliers can be used, a basin wrench is recommended for easier access and a more secure grip on the nuts.
What do I do if my shut-off valves are stuck or not working?
If the shut-off valves are stuck, consult a plumber to address the issue. Non-functioning valves should be replaced before installing a new faucet.
How can I prevent faucet mounting nuts from getting stuck in the future?
Regular maintenance and occasional lubrication of the mounting nuts can prevent them from seizing over time.
What should I do if I encounter stubborn, corroded supply tubes?
Use penetrating oil and allow it to soak into the corroded areas. You may also need to use a pipe wrench or hacksaw to carefully remove them.
Removing a kitchen faucet is a fundamental step in the process of upgrading your kitchen. Following these steps and precautions will make the removal process straightforward, allowing you to proceed with the installation of your new faucet more efficiently. Remember to turn off the water, use the right tools, and take your time to ensure a successful faucet removal.