If your kitchen sink area is looking a little tired and dated, it’s easy to give it a fresh new look.
“A lot of people overlook the sink and faucet,” says Lucy Searle, Global Editor in Chief for Homes & Gardens. “Even so, it’s one of the easiest updates you can make in the kitchen. If your kitchen sink still looks smart, you should just replace the faucet.”
With so many beautiful finishes and styles to choose from, there is something for every design. From classic country kitchens to urban industrial vibes, choose from chrome, brushed chrome, polished or brushed stainless steel, nickel, matte black, bronze, rose gold and even colored finishes for something a little different. The simplest solution is to swap like for like so you don’t have to drill extra holes.
Here’s our handy guide to changing a kitchen faucet.
How to change a kitchen faucet
Replacing the same type of faucet will make the job much easier. However, if you’re replacing a kitchen faucet with a different type or configuration, it’s more difficult to do, and it may be better to call in a professional plumber.
As said, swapping like for like is the easiest method. So look for a faucet that fits the same hole configuration you currently have. For example, a faucet with two handles needs three holes, with the two outer holes being about 20 cm apart. If you’re looking to replace a two-handle design with a single-hole faucet, you can do so – all you have to do is buy a separate base plate or “rosette” plate to match the finish and extend it long enough to cover the old holes.
If you’re doing this as a DIYer, it always pays to have your tools ready and give yourself at least three hours to get the job done in one go.
You will need:
• New kitchen faucet
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• Wire brush
• Lubricating spray
• Plywood panel
• Painter’s Tape
• Pilot drill
• Hole saw drill bit
1. Close the water valves under the sink
Look for the on/off valves that control the hot and cold supply.
2. Prepare your workplace
Clean out the space under the sink. You may want to put a board or a small piece of plywood in the bottom of the sink cabinet as it will be more convenient for you to work on.
3. Remove the old faucet
Now that the water has been shut off, it’s time to remove the old faucet. To do this, simply loosen the fastening nuts under the sink. Next, lift the faucet out from the top. You may need an adjustable wrench if the nuts are a bit tight, and a flashlight will help you see more clearly. If they’re rusty and hard to get loose, try wire brushing away any corrosion or spray with some WD-40.
4. Check and measure the holes
After removing the old faucet, check the number of holes it left. You also need to pay attention to the measurement between the holes. If you need additional holes it’s probably best to call in the professionals as you don’t want to risk damaging the sink or countertop.
5. Mount the rosette
Next, install the escutcheon or cover plate if necessary, then feed the new faucet line through the hole until it is seated in its new position. Use washers and nuts to secure it under the sink. Check its position over the sink and tighten if necessary.
6. Connect the water supply
Some faucets come with hoses for the water supply, some don’t. If this is not the case, you will have to attach the cold and hot water hoses yourself. Wrap the threads counterclockwise with teflon tape before attaching to the hot and cold valves under the sink.
7. Turn on the water supply
Slowly turn on the water, then check for leaks. You can tighten all connections if necessary. If you have any concerns or leaks that can’t be stopped, call a plumber.
How long does it take to change a kitchen faucet?
For those with DIY or plumbing experience, it should take no more than an hour. If this is new to you, it will take a little longer. Make sure you have all the tools ready and clear out the cupboard under the sink before you start as it will make the job easier.
How much would a plumber charge to change a kitchen faucet?
Prices vary from $100 to $350 for the faucet and $45 to $150 an hour for the job, which shouldn’t take more than two hours.