How to Remove A Kitchen Faucet

How to Remove A Kitchen Faucet


Once in every few years, we have to deal with the situation where we need to change the kitchen faucet. If you’re on your way to do so, the first task is to replace the old faucet.

However, if you have a complete idea on how to go step by step for removing the faucet, the whole process will be dead simple for you. Otherwise, it can be as complicated as rocket science.

What You Need to Do Before Removing A Kitchen Faucet

As you are looking forward to removing your old faucet, you might have got a new one to put it on the action.

However, our advice is to place the new one immediately after you replace the old one. We’ve got a guide on how to install a kitchen faucet to help you in this regard.

What Do You need to Remove A Kitchen Faucet?

Removing kitchen faucet is a DIY task, and therefore, you need a few stuff in hands. Here is a list-

  • Bucket
  • Basin wrench.
  • Pliers of Channel type.
  • Adjustable wrenches.
  • Oil spray of penetrating type.

Steps of Removing A Kitchen Faucet

This is the core section of today’s article. Here, we will take you through a set of steps and that’s all you need to follow to get done. Let’s start-

Step 1: Disable The Shut Off Valve

At first, you need to shut off the water valve which is usually located under the sink. If the existing faucet is off the dual pipe, there would be a separate valve for both hot and cold water.

Identify the valves first and make sure no water flow is possible to take place. Usually, they are located at the place where the supply tube meets the water pipes of the faucet.

Sometimes, if the faucet is old enough, the water shut off valve may not work properly. In that case, you will need to disconnect the main water line of the house.

However, we better suggest you install new shut off valve if you have one that’s not working somehow.

Step 2: Make Sure There Is No Water Flow

By the end of the previous step, you should have stopped any chances of water flow through the pipe. For double checking, turn on the hot and cold water pipe. If no water flow comes in, we can move forward to the next step.

Place a bucket or any container under the shut off valve. This will contain the residual water once you remove them in the next step.

Step 3: Remove The Shut off Valve

Disconnect the hold and cold water supply tubes. The connection point is usually the tailpieces.

Sometimes, the shut-off valve will start to turn while you’re attempting to unscrew them. If that happens, take a wrench and hold the shut-off valve as long as you are unscrewing the shut off valve.

Step 4: Remove The Mounting Nuts

Every faucet is tightened with the sink using a set of mounting nuts. These are usually placed at the tailpiece of the faucet. Under the sink and behind the basin, you will find them for most modern faucets.

Based on the faucet type, there can be either one nut or two. Either way, you’ve to remove them all to detach the faucet from the sink.

However, reaching to the nuts won’t be so easy for an inexperienced person. It’s is such a cramped location that they are hard to hand-reach. To help our in his situation, you can use a basin wrench. It’s specially made to remove mounting nuts from the faucet.

Once you get to reach the nuts anyhow, rotate them anti-clockwise. If the joint is affected or hardened by rust and gunk, you can try lubricating it with penetrating oil or so.

Make sure the nuts are completely out of its place. You can check this by moving the nut back and forth.

Step 5: Wiggle The Faucet Out

Once the nuts are completely taken off, it’s time to toggle the faucet off from the sink-top. This process should not have any kind of hardship, as there is no 1-to-1 connection left to untie.

What happens sometimes for old faucets is, the faucet gets slightly sealed against the sink. For years-old gunk, such hardening takes place. You can try cleaning some of these hard gunk off. Otherwise applying penetrating oil and pushing back and forth gently should work fine.

Step 6: Clean off The Sink Hole

By now, you should be able to take off the faucet from the sink, and on the way to create a space for the new one.

But before taking the new installation process off, clean junks, gunks, rust from the old faucet seat. In every joint, or any contact surfaces, there should be hardened junk.

Take help of a brush with brittle teeth, or a coarse paper to remove all these junk.

Also, there can be plumber’s putty or chalk that had been used for the previous installation. To install a new faucet, you have to take these off as well. For cleaning such material, the best tool is a scratching scouring pad.

You can avail coarse paper, brittle brushes or scouring pad in a nearby store.

Step 7: Finish Up and Move Forward for the New Faucet

We’re almost done with the process of removing an old faucet from its place. If everything else is fine, you can move forward to installing the new faucet. However, before installing a new one, you should check whether the number of holes in your sink matches to the number of pipes of the faucet.

To give you a hand with installing the new one, we have published a complete guide. You can check that out for further instructions.

Bottom Line

So, that was the 7-step guide on how to remove a kitchen faucet without any mechanic. Although, calling up a mechanic may save some time of yours, but we are always in support of being a DIYer yourself.

However, if you face any issues with the steps we’ve explained; please let us know in the comment section. We’ll be right back to you, we promise.




Spencer G. Johnson

This is Spencer G. Johnson’s website; He is product reviewer & passionate blogger, and a regular DIY writer at Forbes, HuffingtonPost, LifeHacker & Instructable.

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