Your faucet is leaking and you are thinking about changing it. But since it has a sprayer, you prefer to resort to the service of a professional to avoid any risk. However, do you know that you can do this yourself? Indeed, replacing a kitchen faucet with a sprayer is not as difficult as it might seem. Find out how to do this below.
Step 1: Purchase a suitable replacement faucet
First, think about choosing your new kitchen faucet. There are different models on the market. As your faucet has a sprayer, if you look closely, you will notice the presence of four small holes. Otherwise, you will see a large hole, and next to it another separate opening for the sprayer. Buy the model that best suits your kitchen counter.
Some faucet models have plastic parts. Although they cost less, they are not highly recommended, as they wear out quite quickly.
Anyway, each faucet comes with an instruction manual. Take the time to read the instructions, tips and warnings mentioned therein and heed them.
Step 2: Remove the old faucet and replace it with the new one
Once your new faucet is purchased, you can start the job. Make sure you have all the tools you need on hand. Here are the tools you will need to have:
- A basin key;
- An adjustable wrench;
- A supply pipe;
- Bucket ;
- A dot ;
- A plumber’s putty.
Once these pieces of equipment are ready, remove the old faucet after turning off the water. No need to remove the drain lines at this point. But if you do, you need to make sure that you remember every step you took during the removal.
Then place the newly purchased faucet in the opening. Be sure to tie its connections to the meter. If necessary, apply the plumber’s putty around the fittings to secure them together. Do not hesitate to read the instructions provided in the leaflet. These explain how you should seal the connections. Finally, use the large nuts that came with the faucet to properly secure the faucet to the counter.
Step 3: Connect the water lines using braided hoses
The last step is to use the braided hoses to tie up the water lines. Notice that the pipes have different lengths. On the other hand, the fittings at the ends have a standard size.
Use your wrenches to tighten the ends (hot and cold power line). Place the bucket under the sink. Then turn on the water from each water source to rinse and remove any particles.
After the lines are cleaned, make sure the water is turned off before connecting the ends of the supply hose to the faucet. Tighten with your wrench. Then pull the sprayer hose through the counter opening. Remember to connect the hose from the sprayer to the center connection and apply the wire seal compound to this connection. Use the wrench to tighten the not securely. Check that the drain lines are tight and test the valve and sprayer to be sure they are working properly.