How to Install a Pot Filler

Pots on a stove.

A pot filler faucet is a tap which extends over the kitchen's stove and is used to fill pots and saucepans with water during cooking. Most cooks agree that it is a splendid little device which saves them a great deal of time. A pot filler faucet can eliminate around 50 percent of the work involved in using water during cooking. Having one of these products installed in your kitchen couldn’t be simpler, so if you are planning a pot filler faucet, then try a few simple tips that can help you to successfully install one above your kitchen range.

Step 1 - Measure Where the Pot Filler Will Go

Boiling water on a stove.

Before you start installing the pipes for your pot filler, you need to measure how high you need the faucet to be. You don’t want to have to awkwardly slide the pot under the faucet tap, so the lowest section of the tap should be installed at least one inch above the combined height of the stove’s cooktop, and your pot. Use the highest pot you own as your rule of thumb when putting in the faucet, so all of your pots will fit under the tap. You may also have further instructions from your manufacturer about height, so follow these closely.

Step 2 - Calculate the Space Needed

Pot filler faucets are frequently designed to swing out of the way of the cook after they have been used, so you need to consider the amount of room you have around your stove. If your kitchen design is cramped with a number of cupboards on either side of the cooktop, then you may be limited on where to put the faucet. Make sure that you design the pot filler to fold in towards the wall, rather than outwards into the room if there is not sufficient space for it to rotate fully.

Step 3 - Choose the Right Design

A stove with a pot with jars in it.

The faucets have a range of designs, featuring either one or two valves. The one valve device is practical and functional, and therefore has become very popular, but the two valve filler is able to fully close the faucet, preventing drips. Installing the two valves design will help to ensure that there is less chance of damage to the stove caused by a dripping faucet. This can be necessary as there are no drains below the spout to ensure that water runs away. The design does not need to be limited to the installation. You may wish to use a pot filler which is color coordinated to the rest of your kitchen.

Step 4 - Plumb Your Pot Filler

The plumbing of the pot filler faucet can be done quickly and easily. When installing this product, remember to calculate the exact distance between the faucet and the pipe which is supplying the water. Don't make the distance too large, as a lot of piping can affect the water pressure in the faucet spout, making it dribble when it should have a good supply of water. You should also check that the connections between pipes and the faucet are well caulked. The faucet is designed to be movable, and this may result in some accidental tugging of the connections between the faucet and pipes.