Updated: June 8, 2015
Replacing a Kitchen Faucet:When it comes to replacing a kitchen faucet, homeowners have lots of choices. The variety of kitchen faucets is amazing, just walk into any Home Depot or Lowes and check out their inventory. You can even find online websites dedicated to faucets - choose your style online and actually look at all the options before buying anything. Not everyone needs a new kitchen faucet for the same reasons. I recently ran into a small leak on my Moen faucet and it was a recurring problem that irritated me enough that I wanted to buy something new. Others may be remodeling their kitchens and desire a whole new change to kitchen sinks, faucets, countertops, cabinets, etc. It doesn't have to cost $500 or more to change your sink, a new faucet can make all the difference. The top brands include Kohler, Grohe, Delta, Danze, and Price Pfister. Expect to spend at least $100, but some of the nicer ones are closer to $300.
Repair or Replace the Faucet? - Kitchen faucet repair is not cheap and unless you are dead set on keeping the faucet, consider buying a new one. Plumbers cost roughly $70 to $100 an hour for their labor which means you are already out quite a bit just to fix the current faucet. I found that with my leaky Moen faucet that I was done with that brand needed to move on to something different and more modern. Look into the latest kitchen faucets and perhaps you too will realize that replacing an older faucet is better than just repairing it. Styles do change and kitchens need upgrades all the time to keep things modern. Color and finish to a faucet in your kitchen can really add to the overall feel and decor of your kitchen. Stainless steel and nickel colored faucets are very popular these days. Options include single handle pull down kitchen faucets, single control pullout spray, side sprayers, etc. You can browse the best selling kitchen faucets online here. Delta kitchen faucets get the best owner feedback along with Kohler. High end Price Pfister and Danze faucets receive quality ratings from experts and consumers too.
Kitchen Faucet Installation:I hired a plumber to come out and install my new kitchen faucet - the entire process takes about 2 hours. You can certainly help reduce your cost by taking out the older faucet (turn the water off first). There are only a few connections that need to be made, but having the right tools does keep things moving along. In the past I took on jobs like this, but with leaky faucets and working in cramped spaces, I now leave things like a kitchen faucet installation to the professionals. If you are a DIY homeowner, then definitely watch the video below and get some pointers on the basics of removing and installing a new faucet. Mike Craft, a Lowe's home improvement expert, shows step by step how to take out the old faucet, replace supply lines, and get the new faucet into place.
Replacing and installing your kitchen faucet is considered to be a relatively easy task for do it yourselfers. The tools are fairly basic - plumbers putty, basin wrench, adjustable wrenches, small bucket, supply lines, gloves, and a good work light. It's hard to see under kitchen sinks - usually lighting is minimal in these areas.