Changing a Kitchen Faucet in 8 Easy Steps

An image of a kitchen tap

Many plumbing jobs require the assistance of a professional, but there are some tasks that you can always do yourself. Replacing your kitchen faucet falls under this category. With that in mind, while installing a new unit is simple, you must do your homework beforehand, which is exactly what we will assist you with.  

You'll find detailed instructions on how to change a kitchen tap, as well as the tools you'll need and extra tips, below.  

The Tools Required to Replace a Kitchen Tap

If you intend to change the tap yourself, you will require specific tools. If you don't have the necessary tools, you should go to the nearest hardware store, which will not be cheap. That being said, here's what you might need:

  1. Spanners with no end
  2. Wrench for the basin
  3. Box spanner for back nuts
  4. Pliers that can be adjusted
  5. Cloth for cleaning
  6. PTFE tape
  7. A washbowl
  8. Towel
  9. Wrench with adjustability
  10. Screwdriver with a slotted blade
  11. The pipe cutter
  12. spanner or ratchet vBox
  13. Check valves versus compression fittings
  14. Using a hacksaw or an olive splitter
  15. Remover of limescale
  16. Tape for masking
  17. Pen
  18. Compound for joining

And if you want to become a master DIY plumber, here's a comprehensive list of all the tools you'll need.  

How to Disconnect a Kitchen Tap

Many people like to store items under their sinks. If you do the same, we recommend removing all items before beginning work so that you can access the pipe connectors.  

Step #1 Switch off the water supply.

To turn off the water supply, locate the pipe supply system's isolating valve. It is installed on the hose outputs. Turn the valve a quarter turn to turn off the water. Run the water to see if you've properly turned it off. Turn off the water supply from the main stopcock if your system lacks independent isolation valves. You can proceed to the next step once you are certain that there is no circulating water.

Step #2 Set up the area

Place a towel under the sink and gather all of the tools you intend to use. Keep your old kitchen tap instruction manual handy if you still have it. While attempting to remove the old tap, you may need to take a look or two.

Step #3 Disconnect the tap from the mains water supply.

Water pipe connections are classified into two types: standard and flexible. If you have a standard hose system, use an open-handed spanner to loosen the screw that connects the joints to the pipe. After you've turned off the water, some water may come out. Unfasten the nuts that connect the mains pipe connections or fitted isolator valves for a flexible pipe connection. While doing so, keep the connection or valve in place with a pair of adjustable pliers. It is important to note that you may have difficulty loosening the nuts because they can become tighter over time.

Step #4 Remove the existing faucets.

It is now time to turn off the water. Begin by loosening the nut that holds the tap to the surface. Take hold of the faucet and secure it in place. As you try to unscrew the nut, make sure it doesn't rotate. The idea is to unscrew it from the stud so that you can detach the tap and flexible hoses. Take extra care when removing said hoses, especially if they are stainless steel. You don't want to be cut by a sharp, pointy edge. After you've removed everything, clean any nasty residue or buildup from the open mains pipe connections beneath the sink.

That's all. You've just finished removing your kitchen faucet. Still, if you find the entire process difficult or simply don't feel like doing it yourself, My Plumber's tap repair and replacement services are available. It's quick, simple, and clean.  

How to Install a Kitchen Tap

Now that you've gone through the ordeal of removing a kitchen tap, it's time to get your new one installed. There are numerous types of taps, so select the best one for your interior. Here's how to do it:

Step #1 Ensure that the mounting surface is clean.

Clean the area where your old kitchen faucet once stood. Some buildup may be more difficult to remove, so take your time. To avoid damaging the area, avoid using any harsh chemicals or brushes.

Step #2 Install the new kitchen faucet.

As previously stated, installing a kitchen faucet is far easier than removing one. So, if you purchased a standard individual pilar or a bridge combination pilar, you should apply about 5 layers of PTFE tape to the lower threads of the mains connection beforehand. To secure it properly, wrap the tape in a clockwise direction. After that, you can install your new faucet. Most models come with pre-fitted hoses; if yours does not, consult the manufacturer's manual and connect them yourself. Then, feed the hoses for the mains connections through the hole you made for the previous tap. By holding the tap in place, you can entice someone to assist you. It should not rotate as you work with the hoses beneath the sink. Finally, tighten the retaining nut by hand with the same pair of adjustable pliers you used to remove the old unit. Install a tap brace if you suspect your new unit is too heavy for your sink. It's a small additional investment that will save you a lot of time and trouble.

Step #3 Reconnect the power supply.

We're getting close to the finish line. To avoid cross-threading, start the threads by hand when reconnecting the power supply. The thread length on most tap units is standard, and the existing connection alignment is guaranteed. So, once you've started the thread, tighten it but not too much. Connector nuts should be screwed into the mains pipe connections or fitted isolator valves. Tighten again with an adjustable open-ended spanner. Hold on to the connector or valve to relieve excess pressure. That's all there is to it now...

Step #4 Switch on the water supply.

After you've finished installing everything, turn on the water supply. Simply return the isolating valve to its original position or turn on the water from the stopcock. Turn on the faucet and inspect the hoses for leaks and drips. Congratulations if everything is in order. You have successfully replaced your kitchen faucet. Give yourself a high five.

What Is the Average Time to Replace a Kitchen Tap?  

It all depends on your handyman abilities. If you have some experience, you can replace the kitchen tap in under an hour. And, if you don't know what an adjustable wrench looks like, you could spend the entire day attempting to install your new tap. Needless to say, the instructions in this article will make it much easier and faster.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is provided for general guidance only and is provided without warranty. Such data is provided in good faith. While every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions that may exist. This information may be updated or changed at any time without notice.


  • Replacing a kitchen tap is a relatively simple task that requires patience, a manual, and the proper tools.  
  • Take extra care when tightening, well, anything - over-tightening a single nut can cause damage.  
  • If you are unsure whether you can replace your kitchen taps yourself, you can always book an appointment with one of our local and experienced plumbers in London to do it for you.  
  • In London, hard water is frequently to blame for unsightly or malfunctioning taps. When installing an under-sink water softener, you can avoid frequently replacing gunky, scaled, or faulty taps by hiring a water treatment specialist in London.
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