Tools you’ll need
Before you start fixing your kitchen faucet, you should make sure you have the right tools. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Adjustable wrench
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Flathead screwdriver
- Allen wrench
Now that you have the tools you need, let’s get started on fixing your kitchen faucet.
Step 1: Turn off the water supply
Before you start working on your faucet, you should turn off the water supply to your sink. There should be two valves under your sink that control the water supply. Turn both of them off to stop the water flow.
Step 2: Remove the handle
The handle of your faucet is usually held in place by a screw. Use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screw and take off the handle.
Step 3: Remove the cap
After you remove the handle, you’ll see a cap that covers the faucet cartridge. Use a flathead screwdriver to remove the cap.
Step 4: Remove the cartridge
Use a pair of pliers to remove the cartridge from the faucet. You may need to use an Allen wrench to loosen the cartridge before you can remove it.
Step 5: Replace the cartridge
Take the old cartridge to the hardware store and buy a new one that’s the same size and shape. Insert the new cartridge into the faucet and tighten it with the pliers.
Step 6: Reassemble the faucet
Put the cap back on the faucet and tighten it with the flathead screwdriver. Replace the handle and screw it back in place.
Step 7: Turn on the water supply
Turn on the water supply to your sink and test the faucet to make sure it’s working properly.
Q: How do I know if I need to replace the cartridge?
If your faucet is leaking or making strange noises, it’s likely that the cartridge needs to be replaced.
Q: Can I fix my kitchen faucet myself?
Yes, you can fix your kitchen faucet yourself as long as you have the right tools and follow the steps carefully.
Q: How long does it take to fix a kitchen faucet?
It usually takes about an hour to fix a kitchen faucet, depending on the problem.
Fixing your kitchen faucet doesn’t have to be difficult. By following these steps and using the right tools, you can get your faucet working properly in no time. Remember to turn off the water supply before you start working and test the faucet after you’re done to make sure it’s working properly.