How to Disable Touch Feature on Kitchen Faucet

After paying all that money, why would anyone want to disable the touch feature?

Touch-tech users know that there are plenty of situations where old school is the best way to go.

How to Disable Touch Feature on Kitchen Faucet

Some of the reasons to go for the handle are-

  • When you have dirty hands and don’t want to mess up the touchpad
  • When you have too many things on your hand
  • When kids start playing with the touch feature etc.

But what is the process of shutting the feature down?

Although almost all of the brands have simple procedures to disable the touchpad, they don’t communicate this well. Moreover, their manuals are not palatable to American readers. On top of that, your local plumber is not nice to answer you for the jobs you aren’t going to pay him for.

Here, you will find ways to shut down the touch on the kitchen faucet. And you don’t need to read this article between the lines. Skip what you already know and learn the things that you are here for. Because there is a lot of things in this article that an individual might not need, but for some others, it is valuable data.

Ways of Disabling the Touch Feature on Touch-Tech Faucets

The methods of shutting down the touch features can vary from brand to brand. But some standard features can be used in almost every faucet.

Nevertheless, if you are confused by all of the processes above, you can visit the website of your manufacturers to know about your faucets. In that case, you will have a more accurate solution.

Old School Methods

The most common of the methods is simply cutting off the power supply. And generally, you have the battery or direct wall outlet as a power source.

Remove battery

You might be expecting a cool shutoff switch, but this is the most basic way you can earn your desired result. However, it is only possible with faucets that run on battery cells.

Go under the sink and find the battery area. Then open the lid and remove the battery. Yes, it is as old school as that.

Cutoff power supply

If your touch faucet is harvesting power directly from the wall outlet, you might not have a battery to remove. In that case, you have to unplug the faucet.

Don’t be afraid to pull out the plug. Touch-tech faucets use a minimal amount of electricity, so any hard disruptions won’t be a problem.

Cool Methods

Other than the basic ways above, you might also have a cool kill switch and different mechanical or electronic means. Here is more about those techniques-

Switch on control box/ valve box

Some brands give you a whole control box under the sink. This box contains the solenoid valve and other mechanical or electrical components of the faucet. Some of the brands will have a control switch on this box. This switch controls the sensors.

When you need to disable the touch feature, you just have to flick this switch. It will cut the power to the sensor or prevent the solenoid from receiving the power. Moreover, it will not drain your battery.

Brands like Moen, Kohler has this kind of feature. In some faucets, switches can be a simple screw that you have to tighten to disable the feature. In other boxes, you have a slit switch that can be altered with a coin.

However, these switches generally contribute to the mass of the control box, which can look bulky under the confined place beneath the sink. Making the control box look good is a challenge for itself, although these boxes make the unit organized and manageable.

Remove solenoid

A more mechanical way to disable the feature is removing the solenoid itself. Not every touch-tech faucet has this feature. However, some brands like Delta have this process where you can remove the whole solenoid to turn your touch-tech faucet into a regular one.

Despite its effectiveness, it is quite a complicated process for someone who is not into plumbing that much.

To bypass the solenoid, you have to remove the sprayer and remove the solenoid from the faucet hose. Some faucets with this capability come with solenoids with easy to open clips. For others, you might need to use a screwdriver.

Lastly, I would like to warn you not to purchase faucets that have only this kind of disabling system if you need to disable the touch mechanism every now and then.

Short Note: Touch-tech Vs. Touchless

We often add this section as many high-tech kitchen owners seldom confuse the two technologies of faucets. If you are a regular reader of our blog or have previously distinguished the two types of faucets, then you can skip this part. For the rest of our viewers, reading this would be a fair use of time.

Touchless faucets are those that don’t require you to have any physical contact with the faucet. It has sensors picking up heat, motion, sound, or a combination of them. These are more expensive and superior to their touch-tech cousins.

Touch-tech is the faucet that requires you have physical contact with the body. Sometimes the touch sensors work like the touch screen on your mobile, and sometimes they have a more superior design. They are less expensive than the touchless faucets but still more expensive than regular faucets.

Anyway, we are talking about the touch-tech faucets here. You will be shown the various ways you can shut down the touch feature of your touch-tech faucet.


That surely was a good length for an article on such a simple topic. That’s why we have designed the headings in a way that you can navigate the article easily. Nevertheless, if you have made it so far, you already know it.

Lastly, I want to thank you for your resourcefulness. Americans should be like you who solve their problems on their own.

I hope we were able to help too.


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