How to Remove a Kitchen Faucet

The kitchen is an essential part of the house. It is evident that many of us spend more time in the kitchen doing some kind of domestic activities like cooking.

Our kitchens become attractive and impressive when we install a new kitchen faucet. The faucet wears out quickly since we use it more often than other parts of the kitchen.

According to faucet manufacture KWC, an average family turns on the faucet more than 40 times a day.

Whether to fill a pasta pot, rinse of salad greens or merely to get a glass of water the faucet is put to action.

A kitchen faucet is simple to install such that you can do it by yourself. However, it is recommended to call a pro in case you don’t have experience of performing this kind of task.

You may alternatively seek help from your friend, neighbor or any other person whom you are sure that can show it accurately. Kitchen faucet when installed should at least work for a decade or longer.

There are different kinds of kitchen faucet depending on the material and technology used for manufacture. This makes a difference even in the price of the kitchen faucet.

Despite having different kinds of kitchen faucet; they all contain similar essential elements such as:

  • Aerator which reduces water flow rate curbs splashing.
  • Spout that delivers water from the body to the sink.
  • Handle which open and close the valve.
  • Valve controls
  • The collection which blends hot and cold water headed for the spout.
  • Supply lines to connect to the house and frozen water pipes.

When installed in your kitchen, these kitchen faucets may reach a time where they need repair or replacement. 

The need to repair or replace kitchen faucet may arise from different reasons such as: replacing your kitchen faucet due to leakage.

It also may have another kind of problem apart from leakage that may require replacement or uninstall.

A person may also require replacement to update the outlook of his/her kitchen. Before replacement, you will need first to remove the old kitchen faucet before installing the new one.

There are some easy steps that you may follow to remove your kitchen faucet shown in this document.

When you are about to remove your kitchen-faucet make sure you have the following tools before you commence. Safety goggles, adjustable wrench, pliers, screwdriver, bowl, towel, and flashlight.

Also, make sure you have enough time to perform the task that's approximately one and a half hours up to two hours.

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The process of removing kitchen faucets begins by firstly reading the instruction provided.

Since there are different kinds of the kitchen faucet, the process of installation or uninstallation may also vary from one kitchen faucet to another. 

You are therefore supposed to carefully read the instruction before attempting to remove the kitchen faucet. When you feel uncomfortable performing any of the steps you may seek help from a friend or an expert.

Basic Steps to Kitchen Faucet Removal

Step 1: determine the type of kitchen faucet currently available

An understanding of the kind of kitchen faucet you have is crucial before you begin the process of removing the kitchen faucet.

It will help you to identify the number of holes available on the kitchen sink. It will also help you determine the location of faucet components that you will need to take out when you begin the process.

Step 2: verify the kitchen sink hole count

Take a look at your kitchen sink hole and identify where the sprayer and faucet are mounted. You can then count the number of holes that are being used by the tap.

After you have defined the actual amount you have to figure out which tool will match, that is a tool that will be best to use.

Step 3: disconnect water supply lines

Rotate the hot and cold-water valve knobs to turn off the water; you may use an adjustable wrench to perform this.

Remove the faucet supply lines to which will expose the holes to the sink. After disconnecting the supply lines turn on the faucet to verify that there is no water coming out of the tap.

It is important since failure to verify may lead to damage and sometimes my harm your body. For example, it may result to body injury such as scalding

Step 4: remove mounting nuts

Use your finger to remove the mounting bolts when they are not too tight. When the pins are too close, you may apply penetrating oil and wait for 15 min until they become loose.

If this does not work, you may use a pair of pliers to unscrew and remove plastic nuts with your fingers. Turn the plastic nuts counterclockwise until they become entirely off.

Step 5: remove the retaining bracket

Inquire the retaining bonds (bracket) closely and then use your fingers to remove them. Keep on until you are certain that they are completely off.

Step 6: remove the sprayer base

Adapt the plastic bolt that is holding the sprayer base counter-clockwise until it is completely off.

Step 7: remove the sprayer

After you have removed the sprayer base, turn the sprayer base head counterclockwise to remove the sprayer. Make sure that it is completely away from the base.

Then remove the sprayer base pin by pushing the retaining pin. Use a pair of pliers until it is halfway out then use your finger to pull out the best part.

Step 8: remove the components from the hose

When the sprayer base pin is out; pull out the sprayer base and mount away from the tube. Then, take the tube out of the sink by pushing the hose out from the top of the kitchen sink and rest it in the bowl under the sink.

It will allow the trapped water in the house to channel into the container and avoid water to puddle.

Step 9: unhook the supply lines

Turn the supply line nuts counterclockwise until they are off. Sometimes the supply lines may be too short to be placed on the bowl.

Therefore, you need to wrap a towel around them to help you drain the water trapped inside. After that you will almost be done now it comes to the last step.

Step 10: take the faucet off

Pull the valve out of the sink, make sure you clean any residue left on the sink with soapy water and blade.

Check out this video for some guidance:

The Most Common Kitchen Faucet Problems

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Many people attribute their faucet's dysfunction to the brand or just to age. Before deciding to remove your kitchen faucet for replacement you have to identify the root of the problem and see if the problem can be fixed. The most common issues with kitchen faucet are:


Some problems may arise due to is installation. Many of us like to install kitchen faucet by ourselves. The problem is that many people start installation without carefully reading the instructions.

Hence it becomes straightforward to miss something during installation that is likely to cause trouble in your kitchen faucet.


This may come in different forms one may identify that his/her kitchen faucet is wet around the base spout.

Sometimes there can be some kind of annoying drip of water that leaks in a place where it shouldn’t when switched on.

Before you decide to look for a plumber you need to identify the problem. Depending on the type of leakage you need to check whether the problem can be fixed just by replacing part of it.

Loss of water pressure 

When the water pressure suddenly drops when using your faucet, the common reason may be the build-up of mineral deposit inside.

Therefore, you can fix it by cleaning areas where the limescale sticks. This is especially if you are living in a hard water area, you may choose to do this regularly to prevent the problem from happening.

However, sometimes the problem may be with your supply system. Especially when the problem appears in other parts of your house so you may decide to call a plumber.

Rusting and general wear 

you have to take caution when your faucet starts to show some signs of rust from the outside.

It probably indicates that it has already formed on the inside and this can affect the quality of your tap water.

Other forms of wear and tear may include overall finish starting to look a bit poor. Therefore, this.may requires replacement, but before you decide to replace it, you may consult a plumber to take a look first.

Something that you have to remember once you want to install or uninstall kitchen faucet by yourself is to read the instruction provided carefully.

Wrap up

In the end, it is important to diagnose the problem with your kitchen faucet before coming up with solutions. Coming up with the wrong conclusion can end up costing you more than it should.

If you have no other option but to remove your faucet, this article has provided you to easy steps you can take to ensure your remove it without having any issues. If looking for a new piece of equipment to replace your damaged one, check out our top choices for kitchen faucets and get the right one for you.