How To Remove Kohler Kitchen Faucet

You don’t need a professional to remove the Kohler kitchen faucets. It is an easy DIY project that you can do within a few minutes as long as you follow diligently the steps I will be giving you below.

In removing your Kohler kitchen faucet, you have to be mindful of the frozen or rusty bolts, for it is one thing that can frustrate your efforts when during the process.

To remove a Kohler kitchen faucet, you only need a few simple tools. And they are:

  • An adjustable wrench
  • Screw driver (Philip’s head screw driver is one of the best)

The adjustable wrench is used to unscrew the screws under, behind the sink, and on the countertop that holds the faucet to a large washer. After that, use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screws. For more arduous screws, apply  WD-40 to them before you remove them.

What are the Different Ways To Remove Kitchen Kohler faucet

There are three verified ways of removing kitchen Kohler faucet, and they are:

  • Replace the cartridge (by removing the handle)
  • Removing the aerator and
  • Removing the faucet altogether

What Is The Step to Step Methods To Remove Kohler Kitchen Faucet

Turning Off the Water

The first thing you have to do is turn the water off when you want to replace the cartridge or remove the faucet altogether. If you check under your sink, you will see the hot and cold water shutoff valves, so turn them both to the right and confirm that it is off by turning on the faucet to see whether water will come out. You need to know that the water shutoff valves “freeze” from lack of use over a prolonged period. In this case, you will need to shut off the water from the main water valve.

Replacing the Cartridge

Depending on the nature of the problem, you may not need to remove your Kohler kitchen faucet; you may have to replace the cartridge.

If your Kohler faucet is leaking from the spout or out of the handle, you can remove the handle to replace the cartridge. This also applies if the handles are too loose or too tight.  Replacing this cartridge will fix mobility issues and leaks.

Firstly, in replacing the cartridge, look or feel behind the handle for a small oval. When you have located that, fix it in a flat-head screwdriver under the oval tab to pop it off.  This then reveals the hex nut. After that, use an Allen wrench to remove the hex nut and the handle.

Next, twist the nut anticlockwise to remove it from the handle. Next, use an adjustable wrench to dismantle the kitchen faucet nut holding the cartridge together. After which, the cartridge becomes visible. You can decide to use needle-nose pliers to pull it up and out or use your bare hands to pull it out firmly. Either way works!

Removing the Aerator

In removing the aerator, turning off the water may not be necessary. So you don’t need to worry about that, in the case where you have a spout end. Do take a crew to screw it off by twisting it clockwise.

 If it is struck, pick up a strong towel, and wrap it around the end before using an adjustable wrench to turn it off. Next, push out the aerator with your thumb.

If your faucet is a pull-down one, the aerator is usually around the spray face. All you have to do is place an adjustable wrench with the straight lines on the aerator and carefully pull it out.

Removing Kohler Kitchen Faucet

To remove a Kohler kitchen faucet altogether, you first need to disconnect the water supply. When you have done that, use an adjustable wrench to unscrew the nuts, both under and behind the sink basins, including the ones holding the faucet to the counter via a large washer. Next, use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove these screws carefully. In cases where the screws seem to be very tight, do apply WD-40 on them.

Once you have removed all the screws and the water supply lines are still disconnected, the next is to pull out the faucet and pull out all its components through the holes to remove the faucet altogether.

How to tighten the Kohler Kitchen Faucet Handle

The steps include:

  • Turn off the water supply completely
  • Turn the handle to the “ON” position.
  • Use a 3/32″ or 2.5 mm hex wrench, to tighten the handle setscrew by twisting it in a clockwise direction.
  • Next, is turn back the handle to the “OFF” position.
  • Next, turn on the water supply.
  • Turn back the handle to the “ON” position again to confirm if the operation is successful.

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can you tighten the nut under the kitchen sink faucet?

In tightening up the nut, you need a basin wrench to take you through the rest of the process. A basin wrench has jaws that can clamp onto the nut; you also need a long handle to reach the designated spot easily.

So fix the wrench’s jaws on the nut and carefully twist the nut clockwise. In doing so, the jaws automatically tighten up the nut.

How do you remove a screwless faucet handle?

In removing a screwless faucet, use a wrench to hold back the handle. Then, put the other wrench on the nut, with the handle to the right, and place down, twisting the nut in a clockwise direction. When you notice that the nut is loosened, unscrew it completely, pull out the handle, then the nut.

How do you remove a faucet without a basin wrench?

In removing a faucet without a basin wrench, first, you have to use the water pump pliers to detach the kitchen faucet from the water supply. However, you can use other improvised tools, but water pump pliers are recommended as they help avoid damage. Next, gently place the water pump pliers to the water line and pull off each line carefully.

How do you replace a Kohler valve stem?

The steps in replacing a Kohler valve stem include:

  • Turn off the water supply completely
  • Open the valve up to release pressure and to drain the faucet
  • Dismantle the faucet handle
  • Loosen and dismantle the bonnet from the faucet body
  • Pull out the stem sub-assembly from the faucet body
  • Pull out the sleeve sub-assembly and discard.

Is there a special wrench for faucets?

A basin wrench is a special wrench that all professional plumbers and homeowners who do DIY plumbing work use. However, the tool is designed to perform only one function: installing or removing a faucet. It does this job better than any other tool.

What can you use if you don’t have a basin wrench?

  • Duck tape
  • Zip-tie.
  • Another nut and bolt
  • Two coins.

How do you remove the U bracket from a kitchen faucet?

To remove the U bracket from a kitchen faucet, you must first dismantle the quick connect. The kitchen faucet usually has two sides. Detach the quick link on the hose from both sides (where the white buttons are located). Pull out the fast connect down off the hose, and then the nut and bolt on the U bracket get exposed.

How do I remove a kitchen sink flange?

To remove a kitchen sink flange, turn the locknut anticlockwise to remove it and release the flange from the sink. Next, use the side of the pliers to tap the bottom of the sink drain flange from beneath if the flange is stuck to the edge of the sink opening. This helps to loosen the grip on the flange and allows you to remove it from the sink easily.


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