At some point in your life as a home owner, you’re going to have to replace a bathroom faucet. Whether it comes about due to damage, age, or simply a desire to refresh your style and decor, you’re going o either have to roll up your sleeves and get out that wrench, or call a handyman. Luckily for you, it’s not actually that hard to do.
Steps to Replace a Bathroom Faucet
- Verify that you have the right type of faucet hardware for your sink.
- Remove the old faucet:
- Turn off the water supply.
- Disconnect the water supply hoses.
- Disconnect the lift rod from your sink’s stopped, if applicable.
- Remove the nuts from beneath the faucet hardware.
- Remove the faucet hardware.
- Install the new faucet:
- install the gasket into the bottom of the faucet assembly.
- position the faucet into the sink holes and tighten the mounting nuts.
- Install the handles, if applicable.
- Final Steps
- Reattach the water supply hoses.
- Turn the shut-off valves back on.
- flush out any debris from the new faucet.
- enjoy your stylish new bathroom faucet.
1. Buy the right bathroom faucet
If you’re just looking to update the faucet hardware and not the sink, then you need to make sure that the faucet type that you’re eyeing at Lowe’s is compatible with what you’ve already got.
There are 2 main types of bathroom faucet. These depend on how many holes your fixture has: 1-hole or 3-holes. The holes are where the water supply hoses connect to the faucet. 4 hole faucets include a wand, and are designed for kitchen sinks.
Faucets that would fit into a 1-hole sink have only one handle going to the spout. 3-hole sinks have a hole for each handle/knob, and a hole for the spout.
We can’t tell you how many times a client has purchased a new faucet for us to install, only to find out that they have a 1-hole sink and have purchased a 3-hole faucet because it looked nicer.
All other considerations are entirely up to personal taste — the number of holes is the only question that will be a big pain in the neck if you fail to plan correctly.
2. Remove the Old Faucet
turn of the water supply
It’s very important to cut off the flow of water to the faucet beforehand. The water shut off valves should be located beneath the sink.
Disconnect the water supply hoses.
- If the sink has a pop-up drain (instead of an open drain that requires an external stopper), you’ll need to disconnect the lift rod, a device that is attached to the mechanism that lifts or depresses the stopper.
- remove the nuts from beneath the faucet hardware and remove.
3. Install the new faucet
- install the gasket onto the Bottom of your faucet assembly. Read the instructions for your faucet carefully, as some may require additional sealant or plumber’s putty to attach securely.
- Position the faucet into the sink holes and tighten the mounting nuts
4. Install the handles
- most new faucets will have the handles pre-assembled, but you may need to attach the handles to the faucet for some models. Refer to your faucet’s manual for guidance.
5. Final Steps
- reattach the water supply hoses.
- Turn the shut-off valves back on to allow water to flow back into the faucet.
- Flush out the spout: remove the aerator from the faucet and turn the hot and cold water on for about a minute or two.
And you’re done! Enjoy your stylish new faucet.