By Gene and Katie Hamilton
In many plumbing projects, installing a new fixture is relatively easy. The challenge is removing the existing one. For example, when replacing a kitchen faucet, lying down on the job takes on new meaning when you’re working inside the cabinet on your back inside with your head and shoulders underneath the kitchen sink.
Fortunately, most faucet manufacturers do a good job of providing installation instructions that make the job doable for a handy homeowner. However, disconnecting an old faucet connected to a maze of pipes, often corroded and tied into a dishwasher and garbage disposer, can be the tough part since you're working in the confines of a base cabinet.
Here's a look at the numbers. A plumber will charge $271 to remove an old faucet and replace it with a good quality and stylish new one. That includes the labor and new faucet. You can do it for $165, the cost of the new unit, and save 39 percent.
You need basic plumbing tools, along with a basin wrench, a specialty tool that twists and turns so it can loosen and adjust tough-to-reach fasteners on a faucet assembly. It’s a good idea to replace the old supply tubes with new flexible stainless steel supply tubes for the hot and cold water lines. Don't forget to turn off the water supply at shutoff valves under the sink or at the main water supply valve. And while you’re taking the faucet apart be careful not to drop the screws down the drain. To protect the finish, wrap tape around the jaws of your wrench or pliers so you don’t cause damage while tightening it.
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Now you know the average cost to replace a kitchen faucet, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020