If you’ve never installed a Moen kitchen faucet before, you may feel nervous about doing it. However, removing and installing a Moen faucet doesn’t involve any rocket science – it’s an easy chore like A, B, C. What you need is the right tools, equipment, a diligent mind, and you’re set to go. The only vital point about Moen kitchen faucet installation is adhering to the manufacturer’s instructions thoroughly and completes the task in a step by step manner.
What You’ll Need
‘Aaron Stickly’ (Author of Article – How to Install a Moen Kitchen Faucet which has published on thespruce) writes, some faucet do not include pre attached tubes supply & will require that you need to buy separately.
- Compression adapters of 3/8 – to 1/2- inch.
- A New Moen faucet
- A basin wrench
- Two Channel-lock pliers
How to Remove a Moen Kitchen Faucet
Before you remove your Moen Kitchen faucet, ensure that you know where and how to turn off the water at your house and supply lines in case of any emergency. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to remove a Moen faucet.
Step 1: Close the fixture shutoff valves under the sink to stop the cold and hot water supply.. Turn clockwise the shutoff valve handles till the water supply stops. If they’re corroded, hard to turn, or old, please proceed with caution.
Step 2: Relieve any pressure in the pipes by turning on the faucet after you’ve turned off the water.
Step 3: Using channel-lock pliers, disconnect the faucet’s supply tubes from the shutoff valves. Hold the valve in place and loosen the compression nut with another pair of pliers. If you can’t see clearly under the sink, use a flashlight. To catch the water left in the lines, use a bucket.
Step 4: On the underside of the sink, loosen the mounting nut that secures the faucet by using a basin wrench or channel-lock pliers. After loosening the nut, use hands to unthread it. Then pull it up and keep away from the faucet at the sinks top.
Step5: If lines are joining the sprayer to the faucet, disconnect the nut and pull out the sprayer hose and the faucet. Clean any stains, if left, on the top deck of the sink to prepare for the new faucet installation.
Hurray! You’ve successfully removed your faucet. Now get ready to install the new one. Ready? Okay, let’s go. If you have a Leaky Trap in your kitchen the article on How to Fix a Leaky Sink Trap in Kitchen? | Basic Guide For You! Will help you to repair it.
How to Install a Moen Kitchen Faucet?
New faucets come with an instructional manual to make your work super easy, especially if all the lines are connected. However, you should ensure that you follow moen kitchen faucet installation instructions keenly. Below is the step-by-step guide on how to install your Moen kitchen faucet like a pro;
01. Installing Moen Kitchen Faucet Body
Here’s proving information on how to install moen kitchen faucet and moen sink faucet installation:
- Initially, position the deck gasket on the new faucet – ensure that it sits properly between the faucet deck and the counter.
- Over the flexible supply lines, fit it and then slide it up into the body of the faucet.
- Feed the flex lines through the sink deck hole, and then center the faucet’s body over the hole.
- Now position your faucet where you need it to be and ensure that it fits well before securing it below the sink.
To cover the new sinkhole, use the escutcheon kit by positioning the escutcheon and plastic spacer onto the sink before installing the faucet body. Here’s Moen faucet install made easy.
02. Secure the Faucet
In this step, you will know about how to tighten a moen kitchen faucet and for that you need a helper to hold the faucet in place as you have to secure it underneath. Also, ensure that you have a flashlight and mounting hardware before entering the place under the sink.
- On the underside of the sink, place into position the mounting plate and fit it over the faucet body’s threaded tailpiece and the supply tubes.
- Under the mounting plate, place the round plate and thread the brass nut onto the tailpiece of the faucet.
- Tighten the brass mounting nut by using the installation tool provided almost all the way.
- Check if the faucet above the kitchen sink is fitted where you want it to be, and then tighten the nut until it can move no more
03. Install the Sprayer Hose
- Onto the end of the faucet tailpiece, screw the hose housing nut, and then screw the spray hose onto the spray wand to attach it.
- Feed the other end of the hose spray into the faucet spout till it comes out underneath the sink and take out the cap from the spray hose end.
- Now push the hose into position to connect the spray hose to the faucet’s body- Use the white clip to hold it in place.
- Onto the spray hose, attach the weight, and position it on the hose near the white tape. Make sure the weight moves freely up and down with the spray hose. Test it over the sink by moving the spray wand in and out of the faucet spout. Ensure that the hose moves easily without hitting anything underneath the sink.
04. Connect the Hot and Cold-Water Supply Lines
- Use the compression fittings to connect the faucet’s cold and hot supply lines to the shutoff valves on the cold and hot water supply pipes.
- Onto the shutoff valve, thread the compression nut for every line.
- Use two pairs of pliers to tighten it- One to tighten the nut and the other to hold the valve’s body. Ensure that the flexible tubes are not kinked and won’t interfere with the spray hose.
- Check for leaks by opening the shutoff valves to turn on the water back. To ensure that there is no drop coming from anywhere, use the spray hose.
- For proper operation, check the faucet to confirm that neither there is any leak in the spray hose nor in the flexible tubes. It’s is highly recommended that you should use new flex lines each time you disconnect them since they do wear out and may cause leaks over time. If you have a pedestal Sink, here is a DIY guide for,
Congrats! You’ve successfully done it.
Installing a Moen faucet, it’s a relatively straightforward process; however, you should note that most pitfalls come with the flex lines and angle stops. Therefore, you should be vigilant of their condition before you start working on the installation process. Also you should know well the location of your main water shutoff in case of any emergency plunges in.
If you get any challenges in this task, feel free to leave a comment. It is wise to seek assistance from a professional in case you face difficulty in installing a Moen Faucet by yourself. Here is bathroom sink guide How to Add a Second Bathroom Sink? | A Step-By-Step Procedure!
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