Every house stuff that has contact with water is prone to rust, leak, and moss due to the damp surrounding. The effect of the continuous water contact is that the stuff will not last long and need a replacement. One of the stuff that gets close contact with water is a kitchen sink sprayer hose. Well, it’s basically the thing that provides you with the water.
Whether you have an old sprayer or planning to remodel the entire kitchen, replacing it will be more effective instead of keeping it with some problems running. A few signs when you need to replace your sprayer hose are:
- The old rubber band around the sprayer hose trick fails to expel enough water to hit the target
- Producing a soggy-squeal condition
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How to Replace Kitchen Sink Sprayer Hose
Before calling your nearest plumber, you may want to consider becoming a plumber yourself because replacing a sprayer hose is not that difficult.
Of course, you will need to buy the replacement but it won’t cost you much depending on the material (chrome, stainless steel, and plastic) the price range is between $10 to $30. The time you will spend itself is around 30 – 40 minutes.
You will need:
- Adjustable wrench or basin
- New sprayer hose
- Plumber’s putty
Do Little Inspection
Before starting the process, first, make sure whether it breaks or is just blocked by a mineral build-up. What you can do:
- Check the spray nozzle and see if there is an unusual sign.
- Soak the nozzle in a bowl filled with a mixture of vinegar and warm water. Let it sits for a few minutes.
- Once you have soaked it, try to use it again. If it still doesn’t work, it’s time to completely replace it with a new one.
Shut Off the Water
For your safety, turn off the water source first.
- Shut off the water valve that you can find under the sink. You can either turn it off specifically for the sink faucet or the entire water supply of the house.
- If there is hot and cold water in the same source, it’s better to turn off both.
- Be prepared with water from the pipe and make sure you drain the water well.
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Disconnect the Sprayer
The next step is to disconnect the sprayer from the faucet body.
- Check underneath the sink to disconnect the sprayer hose from the faucet body.
- Take a pair of pliers and hold the brass connection from the faucet body.
- Unscrew the hose connector nut with the other pair of pliers.
- Once it’s disconnected from the faucet, pull up the sprayer hose from above the sink. You can use and bring this to the hardware store as an example if you’re unsure which one to buy.
Remove Old Housing
If your old sprayer comes with housing, remove it too by loosening the mounting nut under the sink with a wrench.
Install New Housing
- Insert the tailpiece through the hole in the sink deck.
- Make sure you have a gasket around the base of the housing. If you don’t have it, you can use a small bead of plumber’s putty under the base to seal it.
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Tighten Mounting Nut
- Tighten the mounting nut onto the sprayer housing tailpiece from under the sink with a basin wrench.
- Apply pressure against the housing if tightening the nut causes the whole housing to twist.
Install New Sprayer Hose
- Install the new sprayer hose through the housing underneath.
- Before connecting the hose to the faucet, make sure it’s in a position that will allow you to extend it easily without tangling.
Reconnect Sprayer Hose and Faucet Body
- From under the sink, attach the fitting on the end of the sprayer hose onto the diverter nipple extending from the side of the faucet body.
- Use two pliers to secure the hose to the faucet with one to hold the fitting, and the other to tighten the hose mounting nut.
- Once everything is set, now test the water by turning on the water supply to see if there is any leak.
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Those are quick guides on how to replace a kitchen sink sprayer hose that you can do by yourself. You can save more budget from labor expenses with this trick!
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