Of all the things in the kitchen, the kitchen faucet might be the only thing that we use the most throughout the day. According to kitchen faucet manufacturers, a person generally turns on the tap in the kitchen for different purposes, more than 40 times in a day. Kitchen faucets are available in different designs and for different prices. It is best to go with a faucet that has good manufacturing and better engineering so that they last longer and stay drip-free too.
So, if you get home a kitchen faucet, do not directly call the plumbing services because installing a kitchen faucet is a fairly simple task that does not involve complicated stuff like behind-wall pipe systems. This is one work you can do all by yourself by following a few easy steps. It can be completed in less than an hour, does not require you to spend any money, and also helps you learn quite a few things about plumbing. So, let’s dive in and get started.
List of Tools & Materials Required to Install a Kitchen Faucet (Don't Miss This One)
Adjustable Wrenches – This is an open-end wrench with a movable jaw that makes it convenient to be used with fastener heads of different sizes.
Basin Wrench – Also known as sink wrench, this is a plumbing tool that is used to turn fasteners that would be nearly impossible to reach with other types of wrenches in a confined space.
Putty Knife – Also known as a scraper, a putty knife is used for scraping surfaces or spreading material such as putty and plaster in various construction cases.
Small Bucket – A small container that can be used to carry water or other things.
The Kitchen Faucet – A kitchen faucet includes a supply line of water, an aerator, a body, a handle, a spout, and the valve controls.
Plumber’s Tape – Also known as thread seal tape, a plumber’s tape is basically a polytetrafluoroethylene film tape that is normally used in plumbing work, for instance, sealing pipe threads.
Silicone Caulk – Silicone caulks or sealants are used to seal things, especially in wet areas since they are not water soluble.
Supply Lines – These are the lines that connect the water (hot/cold) pipes to the faucet.
Process to Install a Kitchen Faucet (Step-by-Step Guide)
If you are replacing an old faucet, you need to remove it first before you install a new kitchen faucet. So, turn off the water valves under the sink first and open the faucet to drain the water stored in the lines. You can place a small bucket under the connections to avoid spilling of water when you disconnect supply lines. You can then use a basin wrench to remove the nuts that hold the kitchen faucet. Slowly remove the old faucet and clean the grime and dust from the sink’s surface. Taking a picture of the plumbing configuration helps to fix the same later.
Before you install the new faucet, it is important you understand the kitchen faucet’s parts. If you are new with this, this step is even more important. The whole faucet basically includes the over the counterparts. The under the counterparts includes the shank, where the hardware kit, which includes the washers and nuts goes. The next under the counter component is the water inlet lines, which needs to be connected to the water supply, which can usually be found under the cabinet.
As mentioned earlier, not all kitchen faucets are the same. There are standard kitchen faucets that do not have side sprayers or touch-less technology, there are touch-less kitchen faucets, there are pull-down kitchen faucets, etc. So, before installation, it helps to read the manufacturer’s guide. However, here is a simple installation guide that works for most kitchen faucets.
Place the plastic/rubber gasket over the faucet holes in the sink and set the deck plate. To know whether you should use silicone caulk or plumber’s putty in the gasket installation, you can refer to the manufacturer’s guide.
Put the faucet lines in the right holes on the countertop. In this case, it is important to note that if you have bought a three-hole faucet and have just one hole on your counter, you need to drill two more holes.
Install the washers and nuts below the sink. Slide the under-parts through the hole. If you used caulk or plumber’s putty earlier for the gasket installation, you need to wipe away the excess from under the sink.
If you are installing a pull-down faucet, you need to attach the quick-connect hose to the water supply pipe. Next, pull down on the hose and attach the weight. The weight needs enough clearance to hang freely under the sink. While you do this, you can ask someone to hold the kitchen faucet in the correct position over the countertop.
Next, you need to connect the water supply lines. Ensure that you connect the supply lines to the correct water supply inlet. Do not overtighten the supply lines. You can also use plumber’s tape if needed. Here, if the size of your old lines’ connections does not match with the new ones, you can use an adapter that can be bought from any hardware store.
Turn on the water slowly and check if there are any leaks anywhere. You may need to tighten connections if you find leaks anywhere. You can also use a plumber’s tape for extra sealing if required.
Once done, you need to remove the aerator from the faucet. You need to then turn the water on and let it run for a few minutes without the aerator. This is important because it helps to clear the lines. This is another scope for you to check for leaks and make readjustments if you find a leak at any place.
Turn off the faucet and attach back the aerator.
And you are good to go! Your kitchen faucet is ready to be used!