New inventions come out every day, and it’s the same with kitchen faucets, manufacturers are constantly making new improvements to provide you with a quality and reliable product. Lately, people have started to replace their current faucets with the new and futuristic type, the hands-free faucets which have a sensor that tracks movements and starts pouring water as soon as you put something under it.
Nonetheless, if you want to replace your current faucet with whichever type you see is more eligible, first, you’ll have to check out under the sink how many holes there are present, and as it is common, usually there are 3. Depending on how many holes there are, that’s how you determine what type of faucet will work with your sink, for instance, one-hole faucets can be installed ina a 3- or 4-hole sink by simply adding a deck plate, but you can’t do it vice versa.
Before we jump to the tutorial, I take it you’ve done your research about the top faucet picks for your kitchen well.
Now, for replacing your current faucet with a new one, there are 5 simple steps to follow, and we’re going to break them down in this article.
First, it’s very important that you turn off the water valves under the sink. Afterward, make sure you turn on the faucet to relieve the pressure that’s stuck in the lines, and if applicable, turn off power to the disposal as well.
In the second step, it’s always better if you snap a picture of the plumbing configuration before you disconnect the faucet, it will help you as a reference later.
In the third step, to keep things clean and organized, it’s important that you put a bucket under the connections to catch water as you disconnect supply lines.
Next up, what you have to do is have someone who can help you, because you got to give someone to hold the faucet in place from above the cabinet, while on the other hand, you’ll be using a basin wrench to loosen and remove the nuts holding the faucet.
Finally, the 5th step requires you to remove the faucet and clean grime or sealant from the surface of the sink.
Now that you’ve removed your old faucet, it’s time to install the new one. First, you have to place a plastic gasket or rubber, or trim ring over the faucet holes. Next, feed the faucet lines into the holes, while afterward, install washer and nuts underneath the sink.
To continue, if you’re installing a pull-down type of faucet, you have to attach the quick connect hose to the supply pipe, and pull down on the hose to attach the weight.
Next, connect the water supply lines and if you see it necessary, you can use some plumber’s tape. Although don’t turn the water immediately on, first do it slowly to see if there are any leaks or whatsoever. Afterward, remove the aerator from the faucet, and then turn the water on and let it run, aerator-free for a few minutes to clear the lines. And finally, turn the faucet off and replace the aerator, and you’re good to go.