How to change a Mixer Tap in 3 simple steps
What is a Mixer Tap?
Mixer taps are an unmissable luxury that can’t be beaten. Effortless, easy to use and durable. But much like everything else, they do not last forever. What exactly is a mixer tap? It is a tap that simply combines hot and cold water together through one spout, and the temperature is altered by one easy to use control.
Is your mixer tap looking outdated? Or is it past its long use by date and needs replacing? Whatever the reason, we have a handy guide for how to change a mixer tap to make your life that little bit easier.
How to change your Mixer Tap
To change a mixer tap it’s necessary to understand the plumbing situation.
The key to a successful change over is to know how the mixer taps are fitted and plumbed. The questions to ask yourself are;
- What is the plumbing arrangement and how are the individual hoses fitted?
- What is the difference between the hot water hose and the cold water hose?
- Where are the stops under the bench that isolate the water supply?
- How is the main nut and U shaped fitting secured to the tap hole in the sink?
Grab yourself an adjustable spanner, a ratchet hex set, a towel and a spare rag and you’ll be ready to go!
Remove the existing mixer.
Now to remove the old tap. To make minimal mess, place the towel on the sink top around the tap and the old rag under the bench next to the stops. The towel will stop the tap from falling sideways once disconnected and prevent any scratches on your sink. The rag will help soak up any excess water that comes out of the stops once the hose has been disconnected.
- Completely turn off the water supply at the stops.
- Undo the hoses from the stops with your spanner. These should unscrew easily by hand once you have loosened the grip with the spanner.
- Loosen the nut under the bench that’s holding the old mixer in place using your ratchet hex set.
Now your old mixer tap is all ready for removal! Lift it out slowly and bring the hoses with it.
Fitting the new tap.
Next, unpack your shiny new Bathroom Warehouse tap.
- Feed the new tap hoses through the existing hole (one by one) until you can position the tap where it needs to be.
- Refit the main nut (U shape fitting) and tighten to secure the tap in place neatly.
- Check the tap is sitting flush and then tighten the main nut to ensure it's completely secure.
- Reconnect the hoses to their correct stops (cold to cold, hot to hot) and tighten to secure.
- Turn the stops back on and Bingo! Done!
- Make sure the hoses are fairly tight, but not too tight. Rule of thumb is to never overtighten.
- We always recommend enlisting a professional Plumber or Tradesman to assist you with the change.
- Bathroom Warehouse has a HUGE range of mixers, with plenty of Quick Ship options available - check them out here.