5 Things to Do When You are Facing Trouble Removing Kitchen Faucet

Maybe the mounting nuts of your sink are frozen or they are placed high up the sink. Regardless of the cause behind your trouble removing the kitchen faucet, it’s necessary to do so. 

So exactly what can you do when you’re facing trouble removing kitchen faucet? 

For the top mount faucet, you need to first turn off the water and disconnect the water supply tube. Then unscrew the mounting nuts. Now for the bottom mount faucet, you have to remove the handles and spouts first and then the mounting nuts.

All of this may sound complicated to you if you’re a beginner. So to make it easy for you check out our in-depth article down below. 

How to Remove Two Different Types of Kitchen Faucet?

The kitchen faucet is a crucial household item. Only after removing the previous faucet, can you install a new one. So in case of replacing the old faucet, it’s important to get rid of the prior one.

Removing a kitchen faucet can be a difficult task. That’s why you need to follow each of the steps carefully. 

There are two types of kitchen sinks. Depending on the type the procedure of removing kitchen faucets vary. 

Top Mount Faucet

The top mount faucet is the most common type of faucet in the present day. The major part of the brass faucet body in this type of faucet remains above the sink. 

Tools Needed 

The tools you will be needing to remove a top mount faucet are given below: 

Now that you have all the necessary tools let’s get into the process of removing the top mount faucet. 

Step 1 of 4: Shutting Off the Water

The first step that you need to follow to remove the top mount faucet is turning off the water supply. 

Now there are two shutoff valves present underneath the sink. You need to turn these off. To be extra sure that the water supply is stopped you may turn off the main supply unit. 

Turn off your water heater as well. If you face any problem doing so then don’t forget to troubleshoot the water heater.

Now to drain all of the water from the pipe, open the faucet. Doing so will also release built-up pressure in the line. 

Step 2 of 4: Disconnecting Water Supply Tubes

You need to disconnect the water supply line from the shutoff valves. For this, you need one pair of pliers to hold the shutoff valve steadily and another pair to turn the compression nut. 

The supply tubes are generally flexible or rigid chromed copper tubes. So these water supply tubes can be easily disconnected. 

Step 3 of 4: Mounting Nuts

This is the hardest step of faucet removal. However, rest assured that this is not as hard as choosing between 3 8 vs 1 2 drywall.

In this step, you need to reach up behind the sink from the vanity cabinet. Now you need to grasp the mounting nut that holds the faucet tailpiece. You can use a basin wrench to do this process. 

After that, the nut should be turned counterclockwise. This will loosen the mounting nut and unscrew it. Now you need to reenact the whole process with the second mounting nut. 

In case the space gets too constricted you may need to clear out the space by taking out some of the water supply tubes. 

Step 4 of 4: Removing the Faucet

Now that you’ve removed the mounting nuts you can easily remove the faucet from the kitchen sink. 

Sometimes caulk is applied to the kitchen faucet so that it doesn’t move easily. If that’s the case then cut through the caulk first before removing the kitchen faucet.

Bottom Mount Faucet 

The majority of the volume of a bottom mount faucet is present below the sink. As a result, it’s quite different from the top mount faucet. 

These types of faucets can only be seen in older versions. Nowadays it’s not that common. These are categorized as basin or lavatory faucets. So before beginning the removal process, check whether there are any sink installation problems

Tools Needed

For removing a bottom mount faucet you would be needing the following items: 

With all these tools we can start the removal process of the bottom mount faucets. 

Step 1 of 4: Shutting the Water Supply

Irrespective of the type of faucet, shutting down water is necessary to start the removal process. 

Start by locating the water supply valve. It is present underneath the sink. Now turn off this water supply valve. After that, investigate if there’s still liquid coming out of the faucet. 

Step 2 of 4: Removing the Handles 

In the cad of the bottom mount faucet, you need to work from above the sink. Now remove the spout and the valve handles from the faucet. 

After that identify the screw that holds the handles of the faucet. Sometimes this screw can be found underneath an escutcheon ring

Step 3 of 4: Removing Mounting Nuts

After removing the handles and escutcheon you can now see the screw holding the handles. These screws are present on both the handles and the spout. 

Using a plier remove the mounting nuts. Make sure to remove the mounting nuts from the spout as well. 

Step 4 of 4: Removing the Faucet

After removing all the mounting nuts from the handles, the faucet will drop down on its own. Sometimes you may need to tug the faucet lightly to get it to loosen up. 

The faucet can be quite heavy. So, make sure to keep a towel or a piece of cloth underneath the sink so that when the faucet falls to the ground it doesn’t break the flooring. 

In this way, your kitchen faucet is now removed.


What to do if the mounting nut doesn’t come off?

If the mounting nut doesn’t come off easily then apply penetrating oil on it. After that let it sit for a few minutes and then try again.

How to loosen a corroded faucet?

The corrosion bond present in the corroded part of the faucet can be broken by heating it with a hairdryer. This will loosen a corroded faucet. 

How to decalcify a sink faucet?

Make a solution with equal parts water and vinegar and submerge the faucet overnight. After that, your sink faucet will be calcium-free. 


With that, we’ve come to the end of our segment. Now you can easily remove the kitchen faucet by following the given process. 

We hope all of your queries regarding trouble removing kitchen faucet have been answered. If you face any more difficulties then call a professional to do the job for you. 

Catch you next time!