Connect mixer tap

If an old mixer does not work properly or you just do not like it anymore, you can easily replace it with a new one. How to do this tells you step by step our instructions.

Various places of exchange

In this article we want to show you how you can easily install the mixer tap on a sink or when connecting the sink in the kitchen.

To replace the mixer tap in the bathtub or shower please refer to the respective special instructions.

But the basic steps to install are the same.

High pressure and low pressure fittings

High pressure fittings are simpler and less expensive, but can not be used if the water is routed directly to a boiler or under counter unit. In this case, you must reduce the excessively high water pressure of the line before returning it to the boiler or the under counter unit. Low-pressure fittings are identified by the fact that they have three connections. When buying, always make sure which fitting you need and install each.

Connecting the mixer tap - step by step

  • new mixer tap
  • seals
  • hemp
  • pipe wrench
  • Fork wrench
  • bucket

1. Shut off water

First, turn off the angle valves under the sink. Turned clockwise, the water is shut off. For safety's sake, you can also turn off the main valve. Afterwards, always check whether there is actually no more water flowing (no water pressure is left). Only then can you begin.

2. Remove the old mixer tap

Place buckets in order to catch any residual water and to avoid soiling. Use the open-end wrench to loosen the connection hoses (or connecting pipes, depending on what is installed) from the water connections and also loosen the fastening of the fitting below the sink. Then you can simply remove the old mixer from the sink.

3. Unscrew connections and remove fitting

Unscrew the connections of the old mixer tap and unscrew them completely. Unscrewing can be a bit more difficult, especially with old mixer taps.

4. Fit new valve

Insert the new fitting from above, insert the washer from below and fasten it below the washbasin, but do not fully tighten it yet. Tighten the water connections, adjust the fitting and fasten completely. Open the shut-off, turn on the water and check for leaks. First, remove the sieve for a few minutes so that any remains of limescale can still be rinsed out.

Tips & Tricks

You can additionally seal the water connections with hemp or Teflon tape if this is necessary.

Video Board: How to replace a kitchen tap part 1: preparing your new tap