How to Remove a Kitchen Faucet

Step-by-Step Instructions for Removing a Kitchen Faucet

By Mark J. Donovan

Removing a kitchen faucet can be a challenge as the under-counter supporting nuts are often difficult to reach. The first step in removing a kitchen faucet is to check under the kitchen sink to see how the faucet is attached to the kitchen countertop.

In particular take a close look at the nuts that are holding the faucet in place to the kitchen countertop.

Sometimes they can be nearly impossible to get to. If from your observation this situation appears to be the case you will need a faucet wrench (a.k.a. basin wrench) to remove the nuts.

A faucet wrench, or basin wrench, is comprised of a long handle with an adjustable serrated jaw at one end of it to grab onto the faucet nuts. The jaw sits 90 degrees to the long handle to allow it to slide up into the tight quarters under the kitchen sink and grab onto the kitchen faucet nuts.

Also when removing a kitchen faucet, check the top of it for any nuts that may be holding the faucet in place to the kitchen sink.

Before removing a kitchen faucet first turn the hot and cold water supply valves to the off position. Normally these valves are located in the kitchen cabinet right under the sink. Then turn the kitchen faucet handles to the on position to ensure that water is indeed off to the faucet.

How to Remove a Kitchen Faucet

Next, disconnect the hot and cold water supply line hoses from the hot and cold water shut off valves using an adjustable wrench. You may want to have a bucket handy to catch the bit of water that drains from the two hoses.

Don’t worry about disconnecting the hoses from the base of the kitchen faucet itself. You can do that later after removing the kitchen faucet.

If your kitchen faucet has a separate spray line, disconnect it as well.

Next, remove the nuts that are holding the faucet in place to the kitchen countertop. Again, you may need to use a faucet wrench to remove the nuts underneath the kitchen sink. If there are nuts on top of the faucet that are holding it in place you will need to first remove the screws that hold the kitchen faucet handles onto the faucet valve stems and any decorative deck plate covers. After removing them you can then use an adjustable wrench to remove the top nuts.

Once you have removed all the supporting nuts, you should be able to lift and remove the kitchen faucet from the sink.

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After removing the old kitchen faucet, clean the countertop area where the old faucet was located to remove any old plumbers putty and grime. Then install the new faucet in the opposite order of removing the old kitchen faucet while also following the new faucet manufacturer’s directions. One key tip, make sure to attach the hot and cold supply line hoses to the new kitchen faucet prior to mounting the new kitchen faucet to the kitchen sink. You’ll save yourself some significant headaches.

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