Installing A Touchless Kitchen Faucet – Step by Step Instructions

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The kitchen faucet is one of the dirtiest areas in the house. Dirty hands activate the faucet — immediately after handling raw meat or cookie dough — and germs spread to the faucet knobs. And unless you clean your faucet after each use, grime accumulates. 

Installing a touchless kitchen faucet is an easy project that will make doing the dishes easier and more efficient. Not only is there no need to touch a dirty faucet handle, but you can also save water by turning off the faucet with just your hands.

It’s a win-win situation: you’ll save time and money while simultaneously improving your health! Additionally, a touchless faucet is relatively easy to install. 

What You Will Require 

Materials Required 

  • Touch faucet and hardware included  

There are numerous kinds and manufacturers of touchless faucets available today. They all have one thing in common: they all require some form of energy to operate. This means you must either purchase a battery-operated faucet or install a 120-volt AC outlet beneath your sink to power your faucet. 

We used the Arbor kitchen faucet from Moen 

Tools Required 

  • Batteries 

  • Drill 
  • Drill bit 3/32 
  • Screwdriver 
  • Adjustable Wrench  
  • Tape measure 

Step 1: Turn Off Water 

To begin, either turn off the hot or cold-water supply valves near the sink or turn off the house’s primary water valve. 

Step 2: Remove Supply Lines 

  • Allow any excess water to drain out by opening the faucet. 
  • Using an adjustable wrench, disconnect the hot and cold supply lines at the shut-off valves or the faucet. Keep a bucket or container nearby to collect any water accumulated on the lines. Additionally, keep a towel on hand for this. 

Step 3: Remove the Old Faucet 

Not all faucets are attached in the same way to the sink. Some faucets are locked in place with a huge locknut from the underside of the sink, while others use a threaded rod with a nut attached to the bottom of the sink’s mounting plate. 

Loosen the nut or nuts that secure the faucet in place from the underside of the sink. Now, remove the old faucet away from the sink. 

Step 4: Prep Before Installation 

Scrub away any debris and mineral deposits collected on the sink surface over the years before installing the new faucet. 

Connect the water supply lines to the faucet at this point. Some faucets come pre-connected with supply lines. 

Step 5: Install Deck Plate 

With a deck plate, convert a three-hole sink to a one-hole sink. (Some faucets do not come with a deck plate; you may need to purchase one separately.) 

Before mounting the deck plate, apply a small bead of plumber’s putty to the bottom. 

Step 6: Install the Faucet 

Supply lines and the faucet shank should be inserted through the deck plate or sinkhole. 

Assemble the following from the underside of the sink:  

1. Rubber Washer  

2. Brass washer  

3. Locknut with threaded inserts and set screws. Tighten the threaded locknut by hand. 

Tighten the set screws on the locknut with a screwdriver. Continue around the locknut, slowly tightening the screws each time until they are secure. 

Step 7: Ensure the Faucet is Secure 

Slide the support plate over the wires beneath the sink and then the mounting washer onto the faucet shank. Ascertain that the data cable and hoses are contained within the washer’s curve.  

After threading the mounting nut onto the faucet shank, check that the faucet is positioned correctly on the counter or sink. Tighten the nut using the installation tool provided. 

Editor’s Tip: Insert the screwdriver into the holes at the plate’s bottom. It simplifies the process of tightening. 

Step 8: Assemble the Hose Bracket 

Install the hose bracket approximately 2 inches from the connecting hose’s end. Slide the bracket onto the faucet’s end and secure it with a hose-guide nut. Insert the guide into the faucet’s spout. Remove the protective cap from the hose’s end and use quick-connect lines to attach it to the faucet. Press, clip, and listen for an audible click to confirm the secure connection. 

Step 9: Connect the Hose and Supply Lines   

Connect the hoses and supply lines by finding the control box’s relevant inlets. Remove the protective caps from the hoses and reinstall them. Gently pull to ensure that each hose is secure. Connect the supply lines for hot and cold water. Utilize an adjustable wrench to tighten the connection—it should be snug but not excessively. Similarly, attach the cold side. 

Editor’s Tip: Double-check that you’re connecting the appropriate water hoses to the suitable inlets. A white tag identifies the hot-water supply line to distinguish the two. 

Step 10: Install the Control Box  

Snap the control box on the hose-guide nut to secure it. If you’re mounting the control box to the cabinet base, locate it in an accessible location for the data connection and hoses. 

Step 11: Attach Spray Wand  

By removing the protective cover from the spray wand and ensuring that the rubber washer and screen are in place, attach the spray wand to the pull-down hose. Using an adjustable wrench, thread the spray wand onto the pull-down hose and tighten it until the hose nut is flushed with the wand. Caution: Do not overtighten. Install a weight directly below the white mark on the pull-down hose. 

Step 12: Install the Battery Pack  

Install the battery pack by ensuring that the cable can reach the control box’s bottom. Remove the lid, set the batteries inside, and replace the cover. The battery pack can be installed using double-sided adhesive or screwed to the wall. 

Step 13: Connect the Data Cable 

Remove the protective cap from the data cable and connect it to the control box. Ascertain that the tiny USB connection is appropriately aligned with the data port.  

Band hoses and wires together with zip ties, except the pull-down hose. Then, insert the wire from the battery pack into the control box. Verify that nothing is between three feet of the faucet’s sensors to guarantee a promising startup. At the base of the faucet, a blue light will blink. 

Step 14: Turn on the water. 

Reconnect the hot and cold-water inlets. To ensure that the pull-down hose functions correctly, remove any cleaning materials or objects that obstruct movement beneath the sink. 


Because the device is motion-activated, it will detect your hand movements and turn on automatically when you need to wash. It’s a win-win situation: you’ll save time and money while simultaneously improving your health! Additionally, a touchless faucet is relatively easy to install. 

Each touchless or automatic faucet requires power to operate, albeit the power source varies. While dry-cell batteries power some models, others are powered by a low-voltage current supplied by an ac transformer. 

Most touchless faucets include an override mode or battery backup that enables them to continue operating in the event of a power outage. However, your plumber can install plumbing fixtures that require electricity – such as a garbage disposal or touchless faucet – 99 percent of the time. 

Yes. You may manually switch it on or off using the handle. The sensor is an optional feature that operates only when the handle is in position. 

A touchless faucet has many advantages and disadvantages. While they are simple to operate, they can malfunction due to sensor or power issues. 

The valve regulates water flow using a rubber-like disc. The valve remains closed when the sensor detects no signal, preventing water from flowing through the faucet. When the sensor senses movement, it transmits a positive signal to the solenoid, opening the valve and allowing water to flow out. 

Manually adjust the temperature — pull the handle forward for cold and backward for hot. Move the handle forward or backward while it is in the off position to change the temperature for hands-free operation. 

Conclusions regarding the installation of a touchless kitchen faucet 

To summarize, installing a touchless kitchen faucet does not have to be difficult or impossible if you take your time and are knowledgeable about the process. 

As previously stated, some models have more straightforward installation procedures than others, which is why it is advisable to research each model before making a purchase. Finally, only a few instruments should be required for someone with a working knowledge of plumbing and electrical wiring, such as screwdrivers and wire cutters/strippers. 

There may be instances where components arrive partially assembled, facilitating installation operations and allowing for more compact packaging while saving shipping costs due to reduced space occupied during travel. 

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