Kitchen Sink Sprayer Replacement
Traditionally, a kitchen sink sprayer was either attached separately onto the side of a kitchen sink via a mounting hole or was installed onto the faucet body. Skilled labour was required to install or replace the kitchen sink sprayer since its mechanics required proper installation. Replacing the old parts for new ones was also a time-consuming process.
However, with advancements in the field of science and technology, newer and modernized kitchen sink sprayers have been developed which are both simple to install as well as come with easy and accessible attachments. For instance, the modern kitchen faucet sprayer has a sprayer head with an extendable sprayer hose attached to it. This allows you to have a single faucet which can work both as an ordinary tap as well as a sink sprayer.
Thus, with the latest types of faucets now available in the market, it has become very convenient to replace a kitchen sink sprayer as a whole or to just replace a small part of it such as its hose or even to install a complete new sprayer hose.
Go over this article to know everything there is that would help you replace a sink sprayer. Read till the end!
Understand Your Requirements
Before you start with your diy plumbing project, it is important that you understand what your kitchen sink requires.
If your kitchen sink does not have a faucet with a sprayer and you require one with a sprayer, you would have to install it. Check whether your existing faucet body allows a sprayer hose or sprayer head to be installed on it using a hose connector nut. If this hose assembly is not possible, you would have to get a faucet that is compatible with a kitchen faucet sprayer.
On the other hand, if you would like to just replace your kitchen sprayer, you can do so easily without changing the entire faucet by just getting a replacement sprayer. If a particular part is damaged such as a sprayer hose, a sprayer head, etc., you can get a new attachment from the home improvement store or the hardware store and easily replace the part.
Things You Will Require
You would require a few things for your diy plumbing project. These can be purchased from any home improvement or hardware store. The materials, parts, and tools you will need are as follows:
- New sprayer
- New sprayer hose
- Replacement sprayer
- Hose connector nut
- Mounting nut
- Sprayer housing tailpiece
- Basin wrench
- Adjustable wrench
- Two pairs of channel-type tongs
- Plumber’s putty
Steps to Replace a Kitchen Sink Sprayer
Replacing a kitchen sprayer is not a very difficult task. However, it may seem intimidating to individuals who have no prior knowledge regarding plumbing.
Go over these few simple and easy steps that would make you a pro in replacing a kitchen sink sprayer.
Check Faucet Compatibility
Before you start the plumbing work, check what kind of a faucet you own. If an additional sprayer is not already attached to the faucet, then you might have to attach the sprayer to the sink. Examine your sink’s configuration and see if a mounting hole is present to install the sprayer.
Furthermore, ensure that your faucet body has a good quality diverter valve to attach the new sprayer. This diverter valve is essential as it controls the flow of water when the handle of the sprayer is pressed. It shuts the water supply and directs it to the hose when the diverter valve senses the release of pressure.
Hence, a sprayer cannot be installed if there’s no diverter in the faucet and in this scenario, purchasing a new faucet which has a diverter would be necessary.
Turn-off the Water Supply Lines
As you start the plumbing work, remember to close water supply lines to stop the flow of water to the faucet to prevent any leaks. You can do so by turning-off the water valve or by shutting-off the supply of the water for temporary time.
Take-off the Flex Line of the Sprayer
When you take-off the flex line that is attached to the faucet body you would see a copper tubing with a nipple of brass connection on it onto which the attachment of the hose of the sprayer is made.
Now using a tong pair, grab the brass connection securely and unscrew the nut of your hose connector by using the other tong pair. Be careful to hold the brass connection steadily in place with the pliers or else you might twist the tubing (made up of copper) during the plumbing work and can also damage it. This would ultimately lead to a leak in the faucet.
After you have removed the hose from the faucet, take it with you to the store and get a new sprayer head or a new hose, depending on your needs. Make sure that the new hose or sprayer head you purchase for your sink is compatible with your existing faucet body and sprayer base.
Detach Housing of Old Sprayer Tailpiece
If necessary, loosen and remove the housing. Unscrew the nut from underneath the kitchen sink using a basin wrench or a pair of pliers.
Ensure that the housing is held securely while you unscrew the nut so that it does not also turn with the screw.
Mount the New and High Quality Sprayer Housing
After you have removed the old housing, now is the time to install the new one. Usually, a gasket would be present around the lower part of the housing. In case it does not have a gasket, you can seal the housing by applying some plumber’s putty around its lower area to ensure that no leak occurs.
Mounting Nut Should Be Tighten Properly
Use a basin or an adjustable wrench, or pliers to properly tighten up the nut onto the tailpiece of the housing from under the sink. If you feel that making the nut tight is twisting the housing, then apply extra pressure against it to prevent twisting.
Place the New Hose in Position
Now, place the new hose in the correct position, ensuring that it goes down through the housing. Make sure that the sprayer base is straight before attaching the new hose.
Checking whether the position of the hose connection is right and secured would enable you to enlarger the tubing of the sprayer hose without any tangles or friction amidst the course.
Attach the Sprayer Head and Body of the Faucet
After you have positioned the hose and head appropriately, connect the sprayer head to the body of the faucet. The male threads present at the hose end need to be attached to the valve nipple present on faucet’s body side.
You can make this connection from under the sink. Use one pair of pliers to grip the fitting securely and the other tong pair to tighten the nut. Ensure that the fitting is secured and properly tightened to fix the hose with the faucet.
Let Water Flow
Finally, once all connections have been made and you are sure that everything including the fitting and screw are properly fixed, turn the water supply of the house back on. Let the water flow from the sprayer hose down the drain and check for any plumbing defects such as any leaks.
Slide the sprayer in different directions and even pull it to check if the pipe can move flexibly. If you feel any fitting is loose, tighten the fitting using pliers. Additionally, also check that the other faucet attachments mounted on the sink function properly as well. Repair any damage or hole that you may come across.
Make sure to run hot water through the sprayer and let it drain down the sink for just a few minutes. This would help make the tubing soft and flexible, allowing you to comfortably slide or pull it in different directions of the sink as per your wants.
Types of Faucet Sprayer Attachments
There are numerous types of kitchen sprayer attachments available in the market. Some of them are as follows:
Pull-out Attachment- A pull-out attachment is one of the most popular kitchen sink attachments. It is very convenient to operate and is best for cleaning purposes such as washing the dishes, taking the hose out to rinse the island around the sink, or to just clean the drain properly. Replacing this attachment is quite easy as well and its related parts can be found in any repair shops and even online.
Universal Sprayer Attachment- This attachment can be fixed on almost any kind of tap. It is versatile to use and offers simple installation. You would have to loosen the faucet fitting and connect the universal hose with it. Its hose provides a pressurized water stream and also has a mechanism to help conserve water.
360 degree Sprayer- This kind of an attachment has a hose that can rotate 360 degrees. It helps you wash around in all the different directions around the sink. Despite its pressurized water flow, this attachment offers an anti-splash technology. Thus, you can even direct the pressurized water stream towards the drainage hole without having any splash backs towards you.
Kitchen Sink Sprayer with Pet Shower Attachment- This kind of an attachment is ideal for those who own a cat or dog as pets. Besides having a regular sprayer feature, it helps you give a bath to your pets in the sink. Its head is mostly made up of silicon to prevent any discomfort or damage to your pet in case it hits against the sprayer while bathing.