Understanding the mechanism behind your kitchen faucet is a fundamental do-it-yourself trick an average person should learn in the house.
This knowledge can come in handy when there’s a leak around the faucet spout or there’s a need to get a kitchen faucet replacement.
Removing a Moen kitchen faucet spout is not tricky. With simple know-how and application, anyone can pull the spout and fix it back without rushing to call a plumber.
Of course, this will save you money, but it will also save your time, and you will have a ready water supply for you and your household.
To remove the spout of a Moen kitchen faucet, you need to know the model of your faucet. Depending on the model, you may not need a tool for this task. Otherwise, You will need a wrench and a screwdriver. Either way, turn off the hot and cold water supply first.
How To Remove The Spout On A Moen Kitchen Faucet?
When there’s a need for a kitchen faucet repair, you need to take off some parts of the faucet to find out the fault.
Before removing the spout on the Moen kitchen faucet, you need to know the type of faucet you have. Single-handle kitchen faucets will require you to remove the faucet handle first.
Some faucet models are designed with the M-PACT system to allow easy disassembling without going under the sink cabinet.
You can find them in your box or on your instructions sheet to know your Moen faucet model number.
You can also find the serial number on the colored ring beneath the spout, which you can compare with the faucet image.
The model or series number is usually a four or five-digit number, followed by letters.
To remove your Moen kitchen faucet spout, you should follow these steps:
Single-Handle Sink Faucet
Most Moen kitchen faucets are designed with a single-handle kitchen construction. The following steps should be followed dutifully.
#1. Turn Off The Water Supply
Find the water supply valve under the sink and shut it off. If you have a separate supply for cold and hot water, turn both off. You can turn off the main water supply in your home if you wish.
It would help if you also dried the pipes completely. Then, lift the faucet handle up to remove any water left in the line.
#2. Remove The Faucet’s Handle
The next step is to remove your faucet’s handle. First, locate the screw holding the handle.
The majority of the models come with this screw at the back of a red or blue plug button or beneath the faucet cap. Remove the plug button or the handle’s cap.
#3. Remove The Dome And Plastic Part
After removing the faucet handle, you will see a dome that will come off easily. Once that is off, take off the plastic sleeve. Turn this anticlockwise with a wrench, and it will come off.
#4. Remove The Handle Mechanism
Next is the handle mechanism. The handle mechanism controls the flow of water out of the faucet. They are held in place by a screw.
Unscrew with a screwdriver, and the entire mechanism will come apart. Be careful when handling this part.
#5. Remove The Ring And Washer
After removing the handle mechanism, you will find the Moen spout ring. You can remove this with your hands. Also, you can use a slip joint plier to remove it.
You can easily purchase the slip joint plier. Be careful not to lose the ring, and you will need it when fixing your spout back.
After you’ve removed the ring, you will find a washer. Remove this with a wrench.
#6. Remove The Spout
Lastly, you will see the spout, which can easily come off if carefully following each step. Grab the spout with your hand and pull it off from the faucet diverter housing.
Please take note of the order you followed in removing these items to enable you to assemble them back quickly.
Double Handle Faucet
For a double handle faucet, find the faucet cap after you have turned off the water supply. Then, remove the lid with a flat head screwdriver.
After removing the cap, remove the Moen spout ring with a slip joint plier, and then pull off the spout with your hands.
For a Moen kitchen faucet with the M-PACT design, a small Allen screw at the back keeps them in place.
If there’s a decorative cap, slide a small flat head screwdriver along the side of the cap to remove it. Then use a suitable Allen key and turn it anticlockwise until the spout comes off.
How To Remove The Top Of A Moen Kitchen Faucet?
The Aerator is the top of the kitchen faucet, and it’s that part where water comes out from the spout without splashing.
To remove the Aerator, use the Moen aerator key. If you no longer have the key, you can get the Moen aerator kit which contains the key.
Again, make sure you check for your model before purchase. The key is plastic and has a round edge with teeth.
The teeth correspond with the teeth on the Aerator, allowing you to hold onto it and unscrew it.
Place the round end of the aerator key into the end of the faucet. Gently rotate it until you feel the key’s teeth slip in and lock against the Aerator’s teeth.
Then, rotate the key anticlockwise to loosen the Aerator.
If you do not have the aerator key, you can also use your hands for the job. Follow these steps:
- Use your fingers to unscrew it from the faucet spout. You can use a rubber glove or a piece of cloth to give you a better grip.
- You can also use your fingernails to catch onto the teeth, which extend out around the Aerator. Twist in an anticlockwise direction to remove the Aerator.\
How To Remove Moen Kitchen Faucet Handle Without Screws?
Your Moen faucets may not have a screw, and you may not know how to remove the handle for a kitchen faucet repair.
Most models come with a hidden screw; you only need to locate the faucet cap and find the screw. The screwless handles are designed so that they can’t wiggle even when they are loose.
If you can’t find a cap on your faucet, the handle does not have a screw. To remove the handle without screws is very easy.
First, gently pull off the handle to remove it. If it resists, hold the faucet down and turn the base of the handle anticlockwise.
If using your hands still proves difficult, a plier or a faucet handle puller can do the job. Wrap a piece of cloth on the handle and use a plier to pull off the handle.
The use of the fabric is to prevent the plier from leaving a scratch on the handle.
When you need a kitchen faucet replacement or repair, removing the spout or the entire faucet recovery is necessary.
Handling this job yourself is pretty easy without needing a plumber. Ensure you know your faucet model first, and also take note of the order of removal for easy assembling.