How to Remove a Kitchen Faucet Handle

Your kitchen faucet handle is attached to a fixture called a valve stem.

Two-Handle Faucet

Remove your kitchen faucet handle is a relatively easy do-it-yourself project.Remove your kitchen faucet handle is a relatively easy do-it-yourself project.
As you rotate the handle, it moves the stem, allowing water into the kitchen faucet spout. The two main types of kitchen faucets are two-handle and single-handle. In the two-handle faucet, hot and cold water are controlled separately by each handle. In a single-handle faucet, one handle controls the water temperature mixture. Removing either type isn't difficult.

Step 1

Turn off the water to the faucet, rotating the two oval-shaped knobs on the water supply valves under the sink clockwise. Open the faucet and allow water to run out.

Step 2

Insert the sink trap in the drain or cover it with a towel. This will help prevent parts from getting lost down the drain.

Step 3

Pry the faucet screw cap cover off with a flat-blade screwdriver. This is usually concealed by the "Hot/Cold" label on the top of the faucet.

Step 4

Remove the faucet handle screw in the center of the faucet handle with a Phillips screwdriver.

Step 5

Pull the handle straight up to remove it.

Single-Handle Faucet

Step 1

Turn off the water to the faucet, rotating the two oval-shaped knobs on the water supply valves under the sink clockwise. Open the faucet and allow water to run out.

Step 2

Insert the sink trap in the drain or cover it with a towel. This will help prevent parts from getting lost down the drain. Locate the faucet handle screw. These are usually on the underside of the faucet handle and are hex screws.

Step 3

Remove the faucet screw with an Allen wrench.

Step 4

Pull the handle straight up to remove.

Things You Will Need

  • Flat-blade screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Allen wrench

Tip

  • If the faucet handle is hard to remove, spray it with vinegar. This will help break up calcium deposits.

About the Author

Nathan McGinty started writing in 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University, London. He has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, in positions ranging from tech support to marketing.