With the guests just about to arrive at your place, imagine the single handle kitchen faucet break loose causing an overflow of water indoors!
Soon your kitchen will be flooded with water and it will be a total mess!
How do you manage the situation? What do you do?
Well, in order to deal with such situations smartly, it is a good idea to know how to replace a single handle kitchen faucet, without panicking!
The ideal methodology would involve the easy De-installation of the old one accompanied by the installation of the new set of single handle faucet. Now, let us check out the steps methodically.
Things You First Need to Check
Before you plan to fix a new Single Handle Kitchen Faucet, generally you need to check for the key points below,
- Look under the sink for the number of holes it does have
- Usually, you may have between 1 and 4 holes
- A single-hole faucet can be fixed in a 3 or 4 hole kitchen sink
- But the 2 or 3 hole faucet cannot be installed for a kitchen sink having one hole
Essential Tools That You Will Need
- Pliers that have slip-joints
- Basin Wrench
- Assembly set of Single Handle Faucet
- A wrench that is adjustable too
- Silicone Caulk
- Waste Cloth and a Scouring pad
Steps to Replace the Single Handle Faucet
1. make sure that you shut off the water supply
To begin with, you need to turn off the individual water supply valve of the kitchen faucet that may be provided under the sink. If you do not have the option, you need to go for closing down the water supply valve of the entire house. You can make use of a tiny wrench that is adjustable by itself, for this purpose. Make sure that you had disconnected the water lines of both hot and cold water that comes from the shutoff valves.
2. Try removing the old Faucet
Now make use of a basin wrench to reach the back end of the faucet. You will see some coupling nuts that connect the tubes from the backside of the faucet. Unscrew these coupling nuts using the basin wrench. You also need to unscrew the mounting nuts by holding the faucet without making it move. After disconnecting all the nuts, you are now ready to lift out the old set of the faucet. Better, you keep a bucket under the sink, where the leakage of water is possible.
If you have the sprayer hose option, then you may remove it using a basin wrench. Take the sprayer hose out from its place and clean the debris on the sink if any. Wipe out the surface of the sink thoroughly and clean using a scouring pad.
Tip: You may re-use this old sprayer hose set if you found it perfect for further usage. Or, you may go to the new one.
3. Place the New Sprayer Hose in place
Feed the center hole of the faucet with a new set of sprayer hose. You can first slip in the new one through the hole provided for a sprayer. Now connect the sprayer hose to its nipple, using the adjustable wrench. Take the new set of faucet fittings and connect it to the water supply lines. Now you need to look into the attachments of the new set at its base. Connect the water lines to the shut-off valves, which are seen under the sink.
Tip: You can make use of the manufacture’s pamphlet, for further instructions on the installation of the specific faucet set. In addition to that, be prepared to adjust yourself to make yourself to fit under the sink.
4. It’s time to attach the flexible connectors
Depending on the manufacturer, the hot and cold water supply tubes provided with the faucet may vary in their dimensions. You need to fix a flexible connector to transform every particular faucet, for the installation. If that is the condition, now you may attach the connectors to the fittings available on the faucet water line tubes. Now make use of both the wrenches. One wrench is for holding it tight and another for making the female side fittings firm. Making use of both these wrenches would protect the new set against any damage in its copper lines.
Tip: When you do not have sufficient place to attach both the flexible connectors, you may need to fix one of them from the underneath of the sink. Make use of Silicone caulk wherever needed, before connecting any two ends.
5. Place the faucet on its seat
Insert both the supply lines and the connectors in the center hole. At this point, you must make sure that the gasket of the faucet merges perfectly. And now, try to seat the assembly of the faucet on its place. For this, you must install a washer with its nut, from below the sink to tighten the end bolts. It will tightly hold the faucet on its seat and now you may start screwing up the nut using your hands. Then you may further make use of a basin wrench for screwing the nuts further.
6. Check for the connections and tighten all possible screws
After screwing the nuts of the faucet, fix the other flexible connector to it. Make sure you attach the male connectors to the appropriate shutoff valves. Use an adjustable wrench for tightening all the connections. Turn on the water supply by using the shut-off valve. Now check the faucet and make sure of any leakage of water in any ends. If so, tighten all the ends again. Then as a final step, turn on the faucet and check for its working condition.
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If you want to replace your single handle kitchen faucet, do make sure that you understand the techniques correctly and then go for the process with no doubts in mind. If you feel that you need some help, then this article can enlighten you to a great extent. Understanding each step will make it easier for you to get over with the whole process without further troubles.