Installing a new faucet can be of value to your kitchen not only aesthetically, but can increase your day-to-day satisfaction by helping with daily chores.
Replacing a kitchen faucet involves removing the existing faucet and installing the new one. While installing the new fixture is easy, the challenge is removing the existing one.
This is because the new faucet manufacturers provide detailed installation instructions that make the job relatively simple.
However, disconnecting an old faucet, connected to a maze of pipes, often corroded and tied to a dishwasher and garbage disposer can be a tough task, especially working within the base cabinet.
The average cost to replace a kitchen faucet depends on a few factors
Condition of the current faucet – If the current faucet is rusted or has broken parts, it will be harder to remove and could damage the plumbing lines. This could be a concern if the tubes are rusted. It would have to be then, sawed out to disconnect.
Location – The price of the installation will vary based on where the faucet will need to be installed.
Counter and sink – If the faucet purchased does not fit within the design of the counter top or sink, then a part of the counter might have to be cut out, or the sink might have to be replaced. Hence it is advisable that you purchase a model that goes with the sink to save up on installation costs.
Type of faucet to install – Material of the faucet, finish, handle types and mounting types are factors that can increase or decrease the price of the faucet itself. Choose a faucet that meets your budget.
Upgrades – If there are any upgrades involved like lighting or filtration system, the cost of installation would go up.
Connectors or Mountings – If the existing connectors or mounting hardware are damaged, their repair or replacements will have to be paid for. The hardware for this is included in the installation estimate.
Plumbing condition – If the plumbing in the house needs to be fixed, then that must be done first before fixing the faucet adding to the costs. Fixing the plumbing requires time and effort and can significantly add to the costs.
Water control – If you choose a faucet that cannot handle the existing water control setup, then you might have to either replace the faucet or adjust the water control. In order to increase efficiency, you can invest in a faucet that is eco-friendly.
Labor costs – The plumber’s or handyman’s labor is an important component of the cost. This can be a small or a significant number depending on the complexity of the work mentioned above.
There are several ways to determine the estimate of the cost to replace a kitchen faucet. It usually varies depending on the location and will fall within a high and low mark.
An example of such an estimate is given below. This is a sample only and can change from service provider to service provider:
1. Kitchen faucet Cost
Non discounted retail price for a single handle, pull down faucet with a stainless steel finish and a 10 year warrantee
Estimate – $150 to $330
2. Kitchen faucet labor – Basic
Basic labor estimate to replace faucet includes:
- Disconnect and remove existing faucet
- Fit and secure new faucet
- Connect to water supply
- Drain and leak test
Estimate – $250 to $350
3. Kitchen faucet materials and supplies
Cost of related materials and supplies like connectors, fittings and mounting material
Estimate – $25
4. Kitchen faucet debris disposal
Cost to dispose old materials and installation waste
Estimate – $20 to $25
The cost estimate will most likely include:
1. Cost for material and equipment transportation from service provider to the job site.
2. Cost to prepare the worksite for faucet replacement like protecting existing structures, finishes, materials and components.
3. Cost for job cleanup and removal of debris after completion of project.
4. Labor set up, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges are included.
The cost estimate will not include:
1. Cost for removing, modifying or relocating existing framing, surfacing or plumbing systems.
2. Cost for testing and remediation of substances like lead, asbestos etc.
In order to minimize cost, it is advisable to combine related projects, minimize options and extras and to be flexible about project scheduling.