Gradually, due to regular usage, a kitchen sink sprayer hose will start wearing out over time, and this requires a replacement. Anyway, remember this is almost common to almost things manufactured for use to get worn out with time.
When the appropriate time for replacement comes, it should be prompt. However, it is essential to realize that for an adequate replacement, you need to follow some simple procedures.
This kitchen sink sprayer hose replacement procedures is quite easy to follow. Before you embark on your replacement activities, ensure to understand how a successful replacement is done by going through this piece of information.
Which gears and materials are needed in this task?
- A wrench.
- A pair of pliers.
- A new piece of the sprayer (used for replacement)
- The Plumber’s putty among others.
How to replace a kitchen sink sprayer hose?
Ensure to work on dry taps.
It is common sense that you should turn off any running water system first to ensure you are comfortable in your works. It is recommended to have your water system closed at the main valve since it would be sufficient to replace your sprayer while some water is oozing at the same time.
Understand the structure of your sink.
Note that they could be some significant variations between the existing sprayer and the new sprayer you want to replace. Check to analyze that all the equipment required during your replacement is available. Some of these materials include the diverter valve nipple sprayer and the mounting hole. It is equally important to note that a faucet that doesn’t include a diverter is impossible to install a sprayer in it.
Get rid of the sprayer flex line.
In most cases, it is usually situated under the sink. Loosen the screw joining the two-component to comfortably pull them apart. Your pair of pliers should aid your do this comfortably. Alternatively, you can discontinue the copper tubing that connects to the sink and break it down. Remember to be keen while breaking it to avoid it, causing injury to you.
Take out the sprayer hose.
It is better achieved by pulling it out and up, and if you are not experienced in this, work with your local store to have this better done. Remember, this will be used to sample out the best replacement sprayer. However, if you have experience in doing this, then there is no need to hire extra services. Is should be exceptional only when replacing a unique type of sprayer.
Remove the old sprayer housing.
It is only necessary if the old sprayer isn’t in good shape; otherwise, it may not be imperative to remove it unless you even don’t need it anymore. From below the sink, unscrew all the mounting nuts using your pair of pliers or a wrench.
Ensure the housing does not rotate as you unscrew the nut by holding it tightly. It is common, particularly when both the nuts and the housing have been together tightly for some time, and this may force you to hold the house using your hands. Be keen not to cause harm on your fingers as you rotate vigorously.
Install your new housing.
Remember, this is the part of the system than hold the sprayer close together. During the installation, you will be required to insert the housing through the hole found in the sink deck. Ensure it fits perfectly with no space left in between. However, you can still use the plumbers putty to ensure a perfect seal up is achieved.
Remember, leaving areas will result in water leakage, which is not ideal in your kitchen. After you are with the sealing up, the next thing should be tightening the mounting nut, which is done under the sink. You can use your bench or a pair of pliers.
During your tightening process, you realize that there is a lot of rotation in the housing, you will then be required to hold it more tightly. For instance, you may press it using one of your hands while the other tightens but ensure not to over-tightening the whole system since this might end up causing a breakage.
Add a fitting thread.
By this time, you need to have threaded your new sprayer plier connection. Below the sink, attach the new sprayer exactly to the faucet diverter nipple and ensure to tighten them since sprayers encounter much pressure when allowing water pass through.
Test the newly installed system.
At this time, everything is already in place, and your new sprayer already fastened. Now it is the time for testing your system. Remember, there are two critical elements you are going to test, namely:
- Whether the newly installed sprayer is functioning in the right manner
- Is there any leaking or not.
If the test proves your system is error-free, then congratulations on your well-done job. However, remember a simple error can result in the sprayer malfunctioning, and this shouldn’t discourage you. Redo the entire process, but this time round ensure to pay more attention to every process. Moreover, ensure to run hot water through your newly installed sprayer to soften the tubes and, at the same time, allow it to slip up and down with smoothly.
After how long should you replace an old sprayer?
In most cases, it depends on how often you use your sprayer but also how you take care of it plays a role. For instance, if you seldom use your sprayer and you take care of it when using it, it can serve you for more than a year, and the reverse is also true. It, therefore, means that the more you use it, the more it gets exposed to wear and tear, and this requires regular replacement but only when the need arises.
Replacing a damaged kitchen sink sprayer can be a complicated process, especially when the right replacement procedure is not followed. Moreover, for an adequate replacement, you require to have the right gears and materials, not forgetting the relevant knowledge.
It is essential to seek specialized services from a professional plumber with experience to do your sprayer replacement if you feel you can’t manage everything on your own. The above procedure should, however, guide you on how to successfully replace a kitchen sink sprayer hose at any given time.