It will be time to say goodbye to your kitchen tap one day. Knowing how to repair the defective tap when that time arrives would be helpful. Learn how to replace a broken kitchen tap by reading this article.
Removal of the Previous Faulty Tap
Clean the area beneath the sink's cabinet before removing the malfunctioning tap. Place some towels next to the sink. Turn off the valves that deliver cold and hot water. To make sure the water supply is completely shut off, open the old tap.
Next, take the sprayer's hose out of the tap's sprayer nipple. Remove the nut securing the sprayer's base to the sink. Once finished, pass the sprayer's hose through the deck entrance.
Spray some penetrating oil on the tap handles or the nuts keeping it in place.
Give the oil a few minutes to soak. The oil will make it simpler to remove the tap.
Removing the water supply tubes from the valves is step three. Do not reuse used supply tubes.
Replace any stop valves that are broken or missing.
Utilizing channel pliers or a basin wrench, next remove the mounting and connection bolts from the tap tailpiece.
After that, separate the tap's body from the sink. then take the sprayer's base off.
If you would like to, you can swap it out. Using a strong putty knife, remove the old caulk or putty next.
To clean the sink, use a fresh scouring pad and an acidic-based scouring cleaner.
Extra Advice: Avoid leaving any circular, unattractive markings by using a stainless steel scouring pad in a side-to-side motion.
New Kitchen Tap Installation Process Guide
Consider the material carefully when buying a tap. Stylish kitchen taps with a chrome finish may have a brass, steel, or plastic base. A robust brass tap with thick brass handles will last longer.
Even if they have a metallic covering, standard steel taps can still corrode. Steel screws and nuts with chrome and brass plating are prone to corrosion. Plastic or brass taps that are lightweight will quickly wear out.
How To Install A New Kitchen Tap Is As Follows -
Caulk the underside of the new tap with silicone. Put its tailpieces into the sinkholes after that.
Tap the handle downward. Give it time for the silicone caulk to solidify.
Attach one friction washer to each tap tailpiece using the friction washers. Use a basin wrench or a pair of channel pliers to tighten the mounting nut for the tap.
Next, clean up any silicone caulk that could have leaked out while you were repairing the tap.
Before the silicone dries, you can clean it with a moist piece of cloth.
At this point, you can attach the water supply tubes to the tap's tailpieces. Make sure the tubes you purchase can conveniently access the shutdown valves.
Additionally, be sure the connection nuts you purchase will fit the tubes and tailpieces.
Attach the water supply tubes to the valve's shutdown. Tubes should be fixed using compression fittings.
Make that the hot shutoff valve is connected to the hot water supply. By hand, tighten the mounting bolts. Using a wrench, tighten them even further, up to a quarter turn.
It will assist to hold the valve with another wrench so that it may be steadied while the nut is tightened. It will also be beneficial to cover the valve threads with a piece of Teflon tape.
After that, cover the sprayer's base with a 14-inch layer of silicone caulk or plumber's putty.
Make sure the sprayer's hose is firmly attached to the sprayer base.
The sprayer tailpiece should then be inserted into the sink's deck hole.
From below, attach a friction washer to the sprayer's tailpiece. A mounting nut should then be screwed through the tailpiece to secure it.
To tighten the nut, use a basin wrench or channel pliers. Remove any extra putty or caulk from the sprayer's bottom.
At this point, you can attach the sprayer's hose to the tap's nipple. With your hands, tighten the hose.
Then, tighten it even more, up to a quarter turn, using pliers or a basin wrench. The sink aerator should now be removed after opening the shutoff valve. Purge the new tap off any debris that may be present.
It depends on your DIY handyman's ability to replace your tap. As long as you have all the necessary tools, the entire process can be finished in as little as an hour if you have experience changing taps or performing other plumbing tasks. It may take you a day or longer if you are a novice at this and cannot even tell the difference between a wrench and pliers. Whatever the case, if you strictly adhere to the above directions, you'll be DIY-ing like a pro in no time.