Replace or Repair Kitchen Faucet in Meridian and Boise

How To Replace/Repair An Old Or Worn Out Kitchen Faucet

At some point, either because you want to update your faucet or because your current faucet is worn out and not working properly, we will all need to have a kitchen faucet replaced at some point. Replacing faucets as a service I offer which I can complete in a relatively short time, but if you are wanting to tackle the job yourself, I have some tips for you.

FIRST AND FOREMOST, BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANY REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT, SHUT OFF THE WATER SUPPLY VALVES TO THE FAUCET.

****All photos included in this post are from a faucet replace I completed.

If you are wanting to replace your faucet because it is not functioning properly, there are a few things you can try to fix it before you spend $150+ on a new faucet:

 

base-and-handleLeaky/Dripping Faucet:   A faucet most commonly leaks at the head of the faucet where the water is supposed to come out, but will also frequently leak around the handle and at the water supply valve connections. A leaky faucet can be a very slow drip or a steady stream of water that you can’t get to stop.   Leaking faucets should be repaired or replaced because of the added cost to your water bill and damage it can cause to the faucet or sink by hard water buildup.

If the leak is at the water supply valve connection, this can usually be solved by tightening the connections and/or adding new plumbers tape to the threads. 99% of leaking issues at the head or handle can be fixed by replacing the seals within the faucet.  If you know the model of your faucet, you can simply go to your preferred home department store and get a set of seals which match the faucet model.  If you don’t know your model, the next best option is to take apart the faucet and bring the seals with you to find what matches by comparison. The seals of most every faucet are located under/within the handle; meaning you have to take the handle off to gain access to where the seals are located.

Tools required for most leaking faucet repairs – towel; hex keys; Phillips screwdriver; flat head screw driver; wrench.

Low/No Water Pressure: There’s not many things at the faucet which will cause low/no water pressure but this can be a really simple fix.

First, check the water supply valves…are they open all the way (lefty loosey)? If not, turn them on, problem solved, don’t call me or anybody else.  If that does not solve the issue, then the problem is likely in the head of the faucet and is being caused by either hard-water deposits blocking the aerator/spray nozzles or physical debris behind the aerator.  You can first soak the head in a bowl of CLR which will break up any hard water deposits.  If that still does not work, then you need to remove the aerator from the head (refer to your faucet manual for instructions). Once you get the aerator off, turn the water on and if it flows freely, then your aerator is blocked. Clean the aerator and you should be good to go. If you remove the aerator and water flow is still slow or none at all, we have one final test. Turn off the water supply valves and disconnect the sink from them. THIS PART IS GOING TO GET WET! Get a towel and a clear water bottle or clear glass. Place the towel around each valve (don’t block the valve opening). Take your clear bottle/glass and cover a valve with the open end of the valve going into the bottle/glass. Turn on the valve all the way quickly and briefly. Do this to both the hot and cold water valves. If the water sprays out of the valves with lots of pressure, then there is a blockage inside of your faucet somewhere and you need to replace the whole faucet.  If little to no water pressure comes out of the valves, call a plumber promptly, you could have a cracked line that is leaking water causing you to lose pressure.

Tools Required – towel; wrench; aerator tool (maybe); hands; CLR; bowl; toothbrush (for scrubbing the faucet head with CLR).

 

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Replacing a Faucet: If you’ve decided you want a new faucet or no repairs will fix your faucet and you’ve concluded you need to replace it, let’s talk about tips for how to replace your faucet.

Before you start, there are some questions you need to ask yourself. Are you going from a faucet with individual hot and cold handles to a single handled faucet (3 holes to one hole)? Are you getting a faucet with a pull-down spray nozzle or a spray nozzle that stands alone to the side?  Do you want a faucet with a soap dispenser on the side?  Are you going from a single hole faucet to multiple holes? And if so, what is the counter top made of?   Are you planning to salvage the original faucet? These are all very important questions because if you change the number of holes you’re working with, you may need a faucet with a plate that covers old holes or you may need a special bit to drill new holes in the granite or wood.  I won’t go into detail on every potential variable, but I will provide general tips that apply to most every faucet replacement.

Before you begin to replace any faucet, make sure the water supply valves are turned off. You can make sure they are off by turning the faucet on and making sure no water comes out. Disconnect the lines from the faucet to the valves.  This next step depends on if you want to keep the faucet or not. If you don’t, this process is very quick.  Under the counter just beneath the faucet will be a large nut which secures the faucet to the counter top.  Loosen it to the point that you can lift the under-faucetfaucet above the counter top enough to gain access to the hoses coming out of the faucet.  At this point, take a saw, a pair of heavy duty scissors, or a pair of cutters and cut through all the hoses coming out from the bottom of the faucet.  Again, only do this method if you don’t care about your current faucet system.  You can now remove the faucet and all the hoses that were attached to it and throw them away and begin installing your new faucet.  If you want to preserve your old faucet or are scared to cut hoses, then (assuming your faucet has a spray nozzle) you need to unhook the water line which connects to the spray nozzle. This can be very difficult depending on what connection is used to connect the two lines together. Once you get that unhooked, pull the weight off of the spray nozzle line and undo the bolt under the faucet holding it to the counter top.  Once the bolt is off, you can remove the old faucet by pulling it up through the counter top hole.  To attach the new faucet, you do the same thing in almost a reverse order. Slide all the faucet hoses through the hole;  run the nut up the hoses and secure the faucet to the counter top (make sure the faucet is facing the direction you want before you completely tighten the nut); connect the faucet water supply lines to the water supply valves; make sure the faucet is in the off position and put a bowl under the  shortest hose sticking out countertop-securingfrom under the faucet; turn the water supply valves on and then the faucet on until water sprays out from the hose under the faucet into the bowl (this clears the line of any thing that might clog the line such as packaging material); slide the weight on the hose that will connect to the water spray nozzle; connect the water supply hose to the spray nozzle hose; check for leaks.

Tools Required – towel; wrench; hands; Phillips screwdriver; flat head screwdriver; hex keys; large bowl; cutting tool; flashlight; instructions that came with your new faucet.  You might also need flexible hose extensions if the faucet water lines are too short to reach your water supply valves.

Keep It Simple Summary:

  • Turn off water supply valves before beginning any repair or replacement.
  • Attempt cheaper repairs  for leaks and water pressure issues before replacing an expensive faucet.
  • Always have a towel on hand because there will be water.
  • Plan to spend two hours or more replacing the faucet depending on the new system you are installing  and how stuck your old system is.
  • Plan a minimum of 30 minutes when replacing the seals.
  • Have the following minimum tools on hand for most any repair or replacement job: Towel; wrench; Phillips screwdrivers; Flathead screwdrivers; hex keys; flashlight; large bowl; CLR.
  • Ask yourself these questions before replacing any faucet: Are you going from a faucet with individual hot and cold handles to a single handled faucet (3 holes to one hole)? Are you getting a faucet with a pull-down spray nozzle or a spray nozzle that stands alone to the side? Do you want a faucet with a soap dispenser on the side? Are you going from a single hole faucet to multiple holes? And if so, what is the counter top made of? Are you planning to salvage the original faucet?

Remember, you can always call me to take care of any of these issues for you. Mention this post and receive a discount off of the service price.

 

Please leave a comment with any questions you may have or opinions you have about this post. Thank you.

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