How to Replace Kitchen Faucet? A Special Guide for Newbies
Planning to replace your kitchen faucet without any professional help?
It’s not as crazy as it sounds if you know all the expert rules of thumb and how to overcome major obstacles that could slow down the process. Especially if you are a newbie, you must be looking for ways to swap that leaky chrome faucet with the earthy and bright one that features a brushed nickel finish.
However, it’s clear that faucet configuration is a bit daunting process, so it may be possible that you will run into a snag. But when you have a good set of instructions to follow and know all the elements that could potentially create trouble, you can reduce the chances of any common pitfalls. Or in the worst case, you may end up calling a plumber for immediate assistance!
Whether your kitchen faucet is leaking water, or you just want to upgrade to a new one, you need to prep in advance and gather all the necessary tools to avoid any kind of plumbing bloopers.
So, before you tear apart your dripping or outdated kitchen faucet to swap in a new, sleek and stylish faucet, have a look at some important considerations we have outlined below.
This special guide by KibiUSA may serve as a good starting point for newbies.
Table of contents
- What do you need to replace the faucet?
- How to pick the right kitchen faucet
- Average costs to replace kitchen faucet
- How to replace kitchen faucet
- Why choose kitchen faucets from KibiUSA?
Ready to get to work?
Read on to avoid the terrible headaches during faucet replacement.
What do you need to replace your kitchen faucet?
- A newly purchased faucet by KibiUSA
- Basic wrench and adjustable wrench
- Small bucket
- Two extra hands for help
- Teflon tape
- Putty knife
- Camping lantern
- New supply items
With the right set of necessary tools available, the process becomes much easier and pleasant.
How to pick the right kitchen faucet?
There are a lot of things you need to consider before replacing your kitchen faucet. For example:
Always check the holes in the sink:
Do not forget to check the holes, there are usually 1 or 3 holes in the faucet. Especially when you choose a brand like KibiUSA which is adaptable to the right number of holes, you can ensure the right water flow.
Check the height and reach:
It’s important to make sure that your new faucet is long with a swivel neck so it can easily reach all over the sink.
Double- or single-handle faucet?
You can have single or multiple handles for water temperature adjustment. Most modern faucets have a single handle that offers easy water temperature adjustment. While some old faucet types are available with two handles for adjusting the hot and cold temperature.
Types of modes
Make sure you check the types of modes as well. Some modern, sleek, and stylish faucets are available with multiple modes, such as a spray mode for cleaning fruits and vegetables, and a normal mode for washing hands or dishes.
This is another important consideration for buying a kitchen faucet. It should have top-quality construction that protects the sink against watermarks and resist corrosion or tarnish.
Choose best brands for kitchen faucets
Last but not the least, always go for the best and most reliable brand for buying kitchen faucets that best fit your budget and lifestyle needs. Based on the number of satisfied customers and valuable reputation in the market, KibiUSA provides the best kitchen faucets that you would adore for the number of years.
Average costs to replace your kitchen faucets
Changing a kitchen faucet is an easy DIY task, but most homeowners feel intimidated and even consider it a nightmare.
As a result, they hire professionals who charge tons of money for this simple job. Because when you call a special handyman for changing the faucet, you may end up paying $120 to $250 for the service, and $250-$600 for overall replacements.
How to replace the kitchen faucet?
So here is a step-by-step guide for all the newbies who are considering it a nightmare. We bet you won’t feel the same anymore after reading it till the end.
- Step 1:
In the first step, you need to clean the sink area. Gently remove all the dirt and mould with a brush. Make sure you clean walls, pipes, and cabinets thoroughly. You can even apply white vinegar for perfect cleaning. Also, lay down some old cloth or towel so any water doesn’t damage the cabinet area.
In the end, check for any debris and spray water to drain the lines.
- Step 2:
In the second step, you first need to continue with removing your old kitchen faucet. Make sure you turn off the water supply. Especially if the hoses are already marked, you need to remember which performs which function.
- Step 3:
Now it’s time to remove your old kitchen faucet. Depending upon its make or model, the process could be a bit different. So first, go under the sink and loosen all the nuts that are tightening the faucet to its place.
It’s quite difficult to reach under your sink and then use a wrench for loosening nuts, so you can take the help of other tools that might look useful. Depending upon the style of the faucet, you can pick the right tool.
Once your old sink is out of its place, it’s recommended to clean up all the dirt and debris accumulated for years. Use tools for effective and deep cleaning.
- Step 4:
When the old kitchen faucet is removed, use your brand-new faucet purchased from KibiUSA. We are sure the installation might feel as easy as it sounds.
Moreover, their uniquely designed and stylish kitchen faucets are equipped with above-the-sink installation technology.
This means you don’t have to reach under the dirty sink again, as you can easily install it from above the sink- genius, right?
For continuing with the new faucet installation, make sure you begin the process by lining up its deck plate in case of three holes. However, if you have only one hole, you really don’t need any deck plate.
After that, drop the tubes hanging from the faucet into that hole. You will find one metal bracket that you need to grab in a vertical position while dropping it in the hole. This metal bracket will hold your faucet in one place when it’s fully tightened.
- Step 5:
The one easy step we bet you will like the most.
The stylish faucets available at KibiUSA are equipped with genius features and technologies. You don’t have to go under the sink to tighten the nuts.
Yes, you read that right.
You can install it from the top. All you need to do is, rotate it gently until the faucet is closely fitted against your sink.
Once you crank the faucet, the metal bracket will work its way up to tighten the sink.
- Step 6:
In the next step, you need to get ready to drop in the sprayer and connect.
Thread the sprayer hose in from the connecting area of the faucet and get it down under your sink.
Add some weight under the sink, and then make sure you connect the hose with the waterline with a single click.
- Step 7:
Now it’s time to connect your water supply lines with a wrench and Teflon tape.
Carefully use the Teflon tape around the line and after screwing on the supply line, make sure you tighten it with a wrench.
- Step 8:
Yes, you are done with your faucet replacement.
But in the end, do not forget to check any leaks in the water connection. If you find leaks, be sure to check if the connections are tight.
That’s it! The new kitchen faucet is ready to brighten up your small kitchen space.
Why choose kitchen faucets from KibiUSA?
From hands-free faucets to single lever faucets, every brand is competing to come up with some stylish, useful, and durable kitchen faucets. Therefore, they are incorporating new technologies to speed up all the kitchen chores so you can enjoy a more streamlined washing experience.
However, in the case of KibiUSA, their kitchen faucets are based on quality and satisfaction. You can simply rely on their design and construction as the faucets are made of SEDAL CERAMIC CARTRIDGE and also features a high-arc faucet spout.
Moreover, they provide a limited lifetime warranty with excellent customer support.
The bonus part is these faucets are available with a pre-assembled waterline as well as mounting hardware that guarantees user-friendly installation.
So, what’s stopping you? Go ahead and give it a shot!
Once you are done and dusted, you won’t even believe how easier it was to install it. Especially when you follow the prescribed set of guidelines, things become simple!
Now you can confidently remove that faucet replacement off of your to-do list and prepare yourself for another interesting task.
But hey, if you are still confused about picking the right faucet for your kitchen (as it’s not easier to select the best faucet based on your needs and kitchen space) you can simply count on Kibi professionals and check the catalog for more ideas and help.