How to Remove a Kitchen Sink Faucet

Time and exposure to water causes corrosion of even the best kitchen sink faucets. Eventually something is going to leak! It's fairly simple to remove a kitchen sink faucet. All it takes is a few common tools and a little hand strength. There aren't many parts involved and none of them are complicated.

How to Remove a Kitchen Sink Faucet

Remove a Kitchen Sink Faucet
  1. Prepare the area and identify the water lines.

    Clean everything out of the cabinet under the sink. Notice the two water supply lines running from the floor or lower wall to the faucet. If they aren't marked to show hot and cold, then turn on the hot water and touch the lines to feel which gets warm. Mark that line for easy installation of your new faucet.


    There will be a crank near the bottom of both water supply lines. Turn these clockwise by hand until they come to a firm stop. That shuts off the water supply. Turn the faucet on to let the water drain out of the pipes. Be sure the water is off completely.

  3. Unhook the water supply lines.

    Find the connecting nuts where the supply lines meet the faucet tubes. Place an empty bucket under the connection to catch the residual water in the lines. Hold the upper nuts with an adjustable wrench and loosen the lower nuts with adjustable pliers. Use oil or spray lubricant to break up corrosion on any nuts you're unable to loosen. Use the adjustable pliers to loosen the nuts at the valve end and remove these lines completely.

  4. Take off the sprayer.

    Loosen the sprayer hose under the sprayer handle, or under the faucet. You'll find connector nuts on either end of the hose. Use the adjustable pliers to remove the hose from one end.

  5. Remove the mounting nuts.

    Locate the mounting nuts underneath the back end of the sink, on either side of the faucet base. These will either be one--piece plastic nuts with fins for turning by hand, or they'll be small metal hex nuts over metal caps. Use adjustable pliers, or wrench, to completely remove these.

  6. Clear the area.

    Pull the old faucet away from the sink. If it's stuck, gently apply pressure to the spigot alternating forward and back until it breaks away. There may be a rubber gasket under the faucet base. Remove that and thoroughly clean the entire area around the three holes. Clean the threads of the water supply connectors with steel wool. Now you're ready for to install a new faucet.

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