how to remove a moen bathroom faucet

To remove a Moen bathroom faucet, you’ll need some basic tools and follow these steps:

Tools you will need:

  1. Adjustable wrench
  2. Screwdriver
  3. Plumber’s tape (optional)


  1. Turn Off Water Supply: Locate the water shut-off valves under the sink and turn them clockwise to shut off the water supply. If there are no shut-off valves under the sink, you may need to turn off the main water supply to your home.
  2. Prepare the Area: Place a towel or a bucket under the sink to catch any water that may drip when you disconnect the faucet.
  3. Remove the Drain Stopper (if applicable): If your faucet has a pop-up drain stopper, you’ll need to remove it first. Typically, there’s a rod connected to the lift rod behind the faucet. Unscrew the nut on the lift rod and disconnect it from the strap. Then, remove the drain stopper.
  4. Disconnect Water Lines: Use an adjustable wrench to disconnect the hot and cold water supply lines from the faucet. Turn them counterclockwise to loosen and remove them. Be prepared for some water to come out when you do this.
  5. Remove the Faucet Handle: Look for a set screw on the faucet handle. This is usually located under a decorative cap or cover. Use a screwdriver to remove the set screw. Once the set screw is removed, you can pull the faucet handle off.
  6. Unscrew the Faucet Base: Underneath the faucet handle, there may be a decorative base or collar. Unscrew this base counterclockwise to reveal the mounting nut.
  7. Remove the Mounting Nut: Use an adjustable wrench to loosen and remove the mounting nut that holds the faucet in place. Turn it counterclockwise. Once the nut is removed, you should be able to lift the faucet off the sink.
  8. Clean the Sink Surface: After removing the faucet, clean the sink surface to prepare it for the installation of a new faucet. Remove any old caulk or debris.
  9. Optional – Apply Plumber’s Tape (Teflon Tape): If you are installing a new faucet, you can apply plumber’s tape (Teflon tape) to the threads of the water supply lines to ensure a tight seal when you install the new faucet.
  10. Install the New Faucet (if applicable): Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install your new Moen bathroom faucet. This may involve using a new mounting nut and connecting the water supply lines.
  11. Turn On Water Supply: Once the new faucet is installed, turn the water supply valves back on by turning them counterclockwise. Check for any leaks and tighten any connections if necessary.

By following these steps, you should be able to remove a Moen bathroom faucet. If you encounter any difficulties or if your faucet has unique features, it’s a good idea to consult Moen’s specific installation instructions or seek the assistance of a professional plumber.

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