Before you begin to remove a kitchen faucet it is a good idea to purchase a replacement faucet. Being without a kitchen faucet is not easy, so to make this project less disruptive it helps to be ready to go to the next step once the faucet is removed.
Having the right tools close at hand can also make it easier to remove a kitchen faucet. The tools needed for this project are:
- Container to catch water
- 2 Pliers, crescent wrenches or channel locks
- Basin wrench
- The first thing to do is to shut off the water under the kitchen sink that goes to the faucet. There should be two separate valves, one for hot water and one for cold water. Both water valves will have to be shut off. Check that the water is off by turning on the hot and cold water in the kitchen faucet. If these shut off valves are not working then you will have to shut off the water to the house. Think about changing the angle stops valves if they are not working properly before installing a new faucet.
- Place a small pan or bowl under the angle stop valves to catch the residual water left in the water supply lines when they are removed. Disconnect the hot and cold water supply lines at the angle stop and at the faucet. Pliers or a crescent wrench work great for unscrewing and disconnecting the water supply lines. When you remove the supply lines from the angle stops use a second set of pliers to hold the angle stop as you unscrew the water supply line.
- Remove the mounting nuts located under the sink. Reaching these nuts can be difficult because of their cramped location under and behind the sink. A basin wrench can make removing the mounting nuts easier. Remove the nuts by turning them counterclockwise. If you find these hard to turn then use some penetrating oil on them and let it sit for a bit before trying again.
- With the nuts removed you can wiggle the faucet from above the sink and take it out. You will need to clean the sink where the faucet sat before installing a new faucet. Carefully remove any putty or caulking from the surface of the sink and clean it with a non-scratching scouring pad.