While decorating your kitchen, you install several kinds of appliances to make your kitchen unique. In this process of making a unique kitchen, your costs may increase. However, you can decrease the cost by installing some appliances yourself. Among several kitchen appliances, the kitchen faucet is a famous appliance to install. You can install a kitchen faucet yourself so that your costs of hiring a plumber will be decreased. But, you should do that in such a way that there will be no fault in the installation. Otherwise, you may increase the cost instead of decreasing by ending up with a bad installation.
To ensure the standard of installation, you should follow the proper instructions while installing or replacing your kitchen faucet. By following the correct instructions, you can complete the installation work in just a few hours. The installation of a kitchen faucet contains two parts; removing the old faucet and installing the new one. During this process, you may meet several unexpected problems. So, here is a step by step guide to install a kitchen faucet.
Removing the old kitchen faucet:
Removing the old kitchen faucet is not that difficult as you think. It is very simple to do by following the below steps.
First, you should turn off both the hot and cold water by turning off the water valves under the sink. Then you should open the faucets to release the remaining water. Then you should clean the area under the sink to get a suitable workspace. Before going to the next step, you should ensure to do these things properly so that the next step will be easy for you.
Before opening anything, you should take a picture of the connections for reference. Now, you can disconnect the connections using a basin wrench. Also, you can use any other tool that is compatible with the connections. After disconnecting, you should put the waterlines in a bucket so that the remaining water will be stored in that.
Now, you can open the faucet using the basin wrench. You can take the help of someone to hold the faucet while you are opening the nut.
Once you loosen the nuts, you can remove the faucet. Then you need to clean the surface of the sink. If there is any rust, then make sure to clean that properly to prevent the rust on the new faucet.
Installing the new kitchen faucet:
After removing the old faucet and cleaning the sink, you can install the new kitchen faucet. You can follow the following steps to install the kitchen faucet.
In this step, place the gasket over the sinkhole. Some brands don’t come with a gasket. In such cases, you can apply sealant. After the gasket is placed, place the deck plate over that. In this process, you can follow the guidelines of the manufacturer to meet the standards. Also, you should check for the requirement of caulk or plumber’s putty while installing the gasket. If it is required, you should use it.
Now, insert the faucet into the faucet hole. This can be done by supplying the waterline of the faucet into the sinkhole. If you have more than one faucet, then you need to do this step for all of them.
Now, place washers and nuts on the waterline of the faucet under the sink. Then tighten the faucet by ensuring everything is placed correctly. While tightening the nuts, you should be careful, as loose connections may lead to water leakage. If you have used caulk or plumber’s putty while installing the gasket, then you should clean the extra amount under the sink.
Now, connect the supply lines ensuring there is no faulty connection. You can use the picture that you captured before opening the waterlines if required. You should tighten the waterlines properly and make sure that water can pass through them without any issue. Once everything is connected, go to the next step.
Turn on the water and check for the leakages. If there is any leakage, tighten properly to stop that. Then let the water run for a few minutes and do the required adjustments. Once everything is adjusted properly, you should adjust the water flow. After that, the installation is completed.
If you are installing a kitchen faucet with a spray head, then you can go for the next steps.
Insert the spray hose through the faucet and make sure you can see it under the sink. Then connect the end of the spray hose to the waterline and fix it using the inbuilt locking clip. Now, ensure that everything is working fine.
Now, you can connect the nozzle to the spray hose. As it requires connecting a weight to the hose, you should ensure to do this step perfectly. It is a very important step, and you need to be careful while doing this step. You should connect the nozzle as per your requirement. If you install the nozzle incorrectly, then everything will be wrong. So, you must install it properly by following the instructions.
In this step, you should check that everything is working fine. This is the last step so you should check every part and make sure that the kitchen faucet is ready to use.
While installing the kitchen faucet, if anything goes wrong, you can seek a professional’s help. It is always a better choice to ask a professional for help instead of continuing the work and damaging the expensive appliances. Some brands offer online videos to help you in installing the faucet. You can watch the videos for instructions.
So, installing a kitchen faucet is very easy. With a little technical knowledge and the proper instructions, you can install the kitchen faucet in no time. Also, by installing the kitchen faucet yourself, you can reduce the cost of the entire process. As it is a simple process, anyone can do it. Hope you have installed the kitchen faucet successfully.