This may be my own personal opinion, but I get the impression from a lot of people that they’re put off buying a new kitchen faucet because of the added cost of a plumber to help them install it. You see once you’ve added up the cost of the device itself, shipping costs and then the cost of a professional it can run into many hundreds of dollars (depending on the model you buy of course).
Now you may have navigated straight to this page on my website because you’re just curious about how you go about replacing your kitchen faucet without the need to call a plumber, and I don’t blame you! After all, if you know one end of a screwdriver from the other there isn’t any reason why you can’t change the faucet over on your own.
In actual fact, as long as you know how to turn off your water supply, replacing your existing faucet isn’t that difficult at all. You just need to follow a few basic rules. Below, I’ve given you some quick points so you at least know what to expect:
The Number of Holes Required
As you may already know kitchen faucets come in a myriad of designs and I have included as many of them as I can on my site, so you will come across models that need a different number of holes. Of course, you will need at least one. However, there are faucets that require anything up to 4 holes.
If you currently have a faucet that needs more than one and you’re switching to faucet that needs less, some models come with base plates so you can cover up the holes you’re not going to use. This is especially useful if you ever switch back to a faucet that will use the number of holes you already have.
But, there might be times when you have one left over. In which case it’s a good idea to think about adding a soap dispenser, water filter or even a side spray.
Most (if not all) manufacturers provide you with installation instructions but these aren’t always as clear as they could be so bear the following points in mind before you set about this DIY job.
- ALWAYS make sure you know how to switch the water off to your kitchen faucet. For most homes this can be done simply by turning a lever under the sink, but make sure you turn both hot and cold off.
- Once the water is off, you will need to release the pressure that’s left behind in the waterlines and you can do this by switching your faucet on and then off.
- Ensure you have all the tools you need prior to starting the replacement. This could include a wrench, screwdriver and bucket so you can catch any drips. Oh, and don’t forget those safety glasses!
Once all of this has been done, you’re ready to move on to the next step which is to actually replace your kitchen faucet. Rather than me “babble” on about how you can do this, I have added the video below for you to follow (the video is for installing a Hansgrohe kitchen faucet, but a lot of it applies to all brands).
I think this will make life easier because the video can be paused as you complete each step.