How to Remove Kitchen Faucet

To install a new faucet, the very first step would be to remove the old one first. Although this isn’t complicated it can be frustrating if you don’t know the things to do. We have highlighted the steps and explained in details how to remove kitchen Faucet. By following steps you should have your old faucet removed and replaced with a new one before you know it.

Why not call a plumber?

Generally, it is recommended that you leave your plumbing installation and repairs to a trained professional. However, if you are handy and you don’t mind stressing yourself a wee bit, removing an old faucet is something you should find easy to handle. Why spend some extra cash on hiring a plumber for something you can totally handle on your own?

What tools do you need to remove kitchen faucet?

Even though you are not a plumber, you still need some basic plumbing tools. To remove faucet, you need:

✔️ Basin wrench

✔️ adjustable wrenches or Channel-type plier

✔️ Penetrating oil spray e.g. WD-40

✔️ Bucket

It is best you make use of these recommended tools rather than try to improvise since it might make the work harder or even mess thing up.

How to remove kitchen faucet- step by step instructions

Shut off the water supply

The very first thing to do is to shut off water supply to your sink. It doesn't take a genius to figure out why this is necessary. Look under your sink and you should find two shut-off valves (for cold and hot water). The valves are usually located at the junction of the water pipes and the supply tubes that runs to the tail piece of your faucet. Shut them off and confirm if what you did worked by trying to turn on the faucet. If for any reason the shut-off valves doesn’t stop the water as expected, use the main shut off valve. This should stop water completely once and for all.

Disconnect from the supply tubes

There is a chance that there’s some residual water in the tubes after you have shut them off. Place your bucket under the valves as you move the tubes to avoid making a mess. You can then disconnect the supply tubes form both ends. ( at the faucet’s tailpieces and at the junction with the shut-off valves). To do this you have to unscrew the nuts on the supply tubes. Hold the shut-off valve in place using a wrench or pliers. This prevents it from turning as you unscrew the tube nut.

Remove the mounting nuts

Find the mounting nuts that secures the faucet to the sink. The nuts can be two or just one in some models. These are usually located beneath the sink behind the basin. Due to their position, these nuts are usually hard to reach and this is most times the hardest part of the whole process.

Using a basin wrench is recommended for this part of this job since it makes it a bit easier to reach the nuts. Once you reach them, turn the nuts in an anti-clockwise direction.

Sometimes you may find that the nuts are stuck. In this case, lubricate with penetrating oil and leave it in for a while before trying to turn them again. This time it should be easier.

Remove the faucet

Finally, you can  take out the faucet from its position above the kitchen sink by wiggling it out. If the seal on the sink has hardened (which happens sometimes) then you might have to apply a bit of force.

Before installing a new Faucet, ensure that you clean up the old faucet’s position on the sink. Usually, there will some putty on this surface which can easily be cleaned off with a gentle scouring pad. Be careful not to scratch your sink in the process though.


You don’t need a plumber to fix something as simple as removing an old faucet. Of course, it requires some efforts. But your should find your way around and get it done in no time it if you follow these detailed instructions on how to remove kitchen faucet.

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