• Replacing a Leaky Kitchen Faucet


    A leaky kitchen faucet will eventually cause sediment stains in the sink while ringing up expensive water bills!
    If you’re ready to get rid of the annoying drip, drip, drip, this house repair guide is ready to help. Many homeowners choose to repair a leaking faucet, but by the time they start to leak, many are out of date and other parts of the faucet are worn too.
    This guide will assist you in replacing the entire fixture or in finding a qualified plumber who can do the work in your home.

    Tips for Kitchen Faucet Repair

    This house repair guide provides tips for replacing a kitchen faucet including a list of the tools and supplies needed to complete the work.
    Kitchen faucet replacement costs are included too for a DIY job and for hiring a plumber for the project. Finally, a list of resources is provided below. These are links to helpful pages that give additional information including step-by-step instructions for those who want to save money by doing it themselves.
    The information in this guide is similar to our guide on replacing a bathroom faucet, so a lot of the directions are interchangeable.

    These house repair tips are designed to give you an idea of what the job entails. That’s the starting point for deciding on a DIY or professional approach to getting the repair made. We’ll assume you’ve already made your selection and the new faucet is ready to be installed.

    • The first tip is to clear out the sink cabinet to prevent items from getting wet
    • Get a bucket for catching water and towels for spills and to provide cushioning as you lay on your back to remove the old faucet or install the new fixture
    • For safety, turn off power to any outlet or equipment under the kitchen sink
    • Gather the tools and supplies you’ll need: Adjustable wrench, basin wrench, new kitchen faucet and non-abrasive cleaner
    • Read the instructions once over to get an overview of what is required and to decide if you want to attempt the job or call a plumber
    • If proceeding, turn off the water to the hot and cold lines, and turn on the faucet handle(s) to relieve pressure in them
    • Disconnect the lines by hand or with the use of an adjustable wrench, catching the water in them in a bucket
    • By hand or with a basin wrench, remove the large nuts holding the old sink in place
    • Remove the old faucet along with any remaining putty, and clean the area thoroughly
    • Mount the included gasket onto the faucet and the faucet onto the being careful to fit the lines into the proper holes
    • If the faucet does not cover all the holes in the sink, for example, if the unit does not have a separate sprayer, you’ll need to return the faucet for one that does or add a decorative cover to the hole
    • Under the sink, install the tailpiece of the sink into the drain
    • Connect the mounting nut, tighten it by hand until snug and then tighten it with a wrench one-quarter turn
    • Connect the spray hose, if one is included
    • Re-connect the water lines and tighten them one-quarter turn past where they can be tightened by hand
    • Open the shut-off valves, and if water comes out, tighten the nut another quarter of a turn

    Kitchen Faucet Replacement Costs

    An inexpensive kitchen faucet costs $40 to $60 while the most expensive kitchen faucets cost more than $1,000. The range of prices is due to differences in quality, durability, style, finish and accessories.

    DIY Kitchen Faucet Installation: The needed tools and supplies will cost $20 to $50 depending on the quality of the tools you buy.

    Professional Kitchen Faucet Replacement: Most plumbers charge a minimal service fee for any work. It is typically between $125 and $200, and that should cover the cost of the faucet replacement.

    How to Save Money on Faucet Replacement

    You’ll save money if you do the job yourself. Borrowing the tools you don’t have will cut costs too. If you hire someone for the work, choosing a handyman with good plumbing experience rather than a certified plumber is an option, and you might save as much as 50% on the labor. Whether you choose a plumber or handyman, make several calls to get estimates. You’ll find the lowest prices by getting estimates and locate someone with experience you can trust.

    Resources for Kitchen Faucet Replacement

    These links provide additional information for this house repair project.

    Honey Bear Lane – You’ll find a clear description of the work and helpful photos in this article from Honey Bear Lane.

    HowCast – This site provides clear directions and a video showing you how to do it. The video includes a tools and supplies list.

    Remove and Replace – Here are more good pictures and a video from Lowes.


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