Manufacturers may build different features into their faucet designs. While variations are limited, understanding each designer’s quirks is handy when you make repairs. Today we’ll focus on the intricacies of how you can remove a Delta kitchen faucet.
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How do I remove a single handle kitchen faucet?
The Delta single handle design is one of the company’s simplest offerings. It’s a popular choice for a kitchen faucet because it’s easy to install and replace. Since it is so common, you can find a Delta replacement online and at Home Depot anywhere.
Designers like Chris Deziel agree that Delta faucet replacement is easy for beginners. All you need is this guide, a basin wrench, and the model number.
The latter is only necessary if you want to look up the instructions online. If you plan on repairing a Delta faucet, we recommend checking for advice online. If you’re replacing it, you’ll be able to work it out without faucet instructions.
Shut the Water Supply to the Kitchen Faucet Off
Start by shutting off the water supply to your Delta Kitchen Faucet. In modern kitchens, there are two valves leading to the sink. Each is responsible for hot or cold water.
If you’re not sure where these are, switch off the mains. Now run the kitchen faucet until it runs dry. This step clears hot water from the lines. It also reduces any potential mess when you disconnect the pipe from the sink.
Make sure to prep for cleanup by putting a towel under the kitchen sink. The fabric catches small parts that might fall while you’re working. It’ll also soak up water that spills.
Disconnect the Supply Hoses
You’ll see two hoses under the kitchen sink that lead to the base of your Delta Kitchen Faucet. These are the supply lines for hot and cold water.
You want to unscrew the nuts that secure them. You’ll see two nuts with a small amount of thread between them. Loosen the top one first using a wrench. Hold the bottom nut securely with a second wrench while unscrewing the first.
Remove the Retaining Plate or Securing Nuts
Retaining nuts or a plate holds your Delta faucet in place. Chris Deziel says a plate may be easier to remove because you only need a flat head screwdriver.
Retaining nuts are more common with the standard Delta single handle design. Many manufacturers prefer them because they’re more secure than plates. It becomes tricky to remove them because of the lack of space.
A box or basin wrench has a long, slim handle that is easy to turn in cramped conditions. Some retaining nuts become problematic because they can rust, making it hard to loosen the nuts.
If this happens to you, spray the area with WD40 or something similar. Allow the lubricant to work its magic, and then try again. Repeat if necessary.
If you cannot remove the nuts, you may need to call a plumber. They might have to cut through the metal to loosen the parts.
Lift Out the Delta Faucet
With the nuts removed, the faucet will come right out. Lift the base and pipes clear of the hole in the sink. The edges are usually sharp, so don’t touch them.
If a pipe gets stuck, use pliers to maneuver it around this sharp edge.
How do you remove a Delta Touch kitchen faucet?
The process is similar. These models have a screw-in plate to secure them under the skin. You’ll find that the faucet won’t lift out as quickly, however. This is because of the adhesive securing the upper portion of the faucet.
You may remove the adhesive using a solvent, or you can try to pry it off. Wiggling the top fixture may help to loosen the adhesive’s grip.
Please be careful and try not to damage the unit. Delta faucet repair is best left to a pro, and that can come at a high price tag.
How do I disassemble a Delta kitchen faucet?
You might need to do this when replacing or repairing Delta faucet parts. You’ll need a hex key, screwdriver, or pliers in addition to wrenches.
Look for a release or set screw somewhere in the body. Sometimes it’s concealed under screw-on head taps. Consult the owner’s manual for your sink or faucet to find these.
When should I call a plumber instead?
Mr. Kitchen Faucets always tries to give the best advice, and we know everyone isn’t a plumbing expert.
Sometimes, all you need is a willing attitude, a wrench, and maybe some pliers. At other times, it makes sense to balance your DIY aspirations with good common sense.
It doesn’t make sense to scratch up your beautiful sink with pliers because the faucet won’t come loose. With badly corroded bolts, it’s usually better to call in a professional.