Being one of the most prominent and most successful manufacturers of a variety of faucets for the common household in the United States, Moen is known for having very durable and very effective faucets. However, just like others of its kind, faucets can still suffer from the wear and tear which affects just about everything. Sometimes, this is due to a certain amount of deterioration which can affect a long-lived faucet. Other times, leaks can form because of the distortion of the faucet’s O-ring. Either way, even faucets manufactured by Moen can still end up deteriorating and will need to be replaced at one point. But then, Moen is also the ideal faucet in these situations because it is designed to be easy to remove, and easy to replace (and comes with its own repair kit if you had purchased it along with the faucet).
This article will provide the steps which you can follow in order to properly replace a Moen faucet, because even if it is easy enough, it is still not recommended for anyone who has little experience in dealing with these projects. Many complications can arise from careless handling of the faucet and the pipes, which is why it is better to be safe than sorry. So if you need to replace a Moen faucet, then carefully and thoroughly follow the steps provided below:
- What you will need in order to replace a Moen faucet. As was stated above, replacing a Moen faucet is not too difficult. All you will need are the necessary parts of your replacement Moen faucet, a Phillips head screwdriver, a flathead screwdriver, and a pair of adjustable pliers. Once you have everything you need, you can proceed to the next step.
- Turn off the water supply connected to your faucet. The water supply will be connected to a valve, which is hidden from plain sight. Locate it and turn the valve to shut off the water so that you can safely remove the Moen faucet.
- Carefully remove the Moen faucet. This is done by first using your flathead screwdriver to unhinge the index plate, which is the center of the faucet’s handle. This should expose the screw which you can remove using your Phillips head screwdriver. Once you have done so, you can now remove the handle without a fuss. With the handle removed, you can now take care of the nut located at the top of the faucet, which you can get rid of with the adjustable pliers. Finally, still using your pliers, you can take out the whole faucet by pulling it upwards.
- What to do in order to replace the faucet. This step is practically the same as the step above only this time; you do it in reverse order. Start by connecting the new faucet, and then tightening the nut. Attach the handle with your screwdriver, connect the index plate and there you have it!
Congratulations, you have successfully removed and replaced your Moen
faucet. That wasn’t so hard now was it? If you keep these steps in mind,
then the next time something similar happens, you can do it yourself
without any help.