How To Replace The Sprayer Head On Your Kitchen Sink Sprayer

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A kitchen sink sprayer features an extendable water hose line that allows you to power-clean tough-to-scrub places. But sometimes wear and tear can damage your sprayer head or leave it non-functional. Luckily, replacing the head doesn't usually require a plumbing contractor. You can perform this quick fix on your own.

Things You Need:

  • Small pliers
  • Universal faucet sprayer head
  • Washer and c-clip (optional)

Step 1: Remove The Old Sprayer Head

Find the locknut at the bottom of the sprayer head assembly. Trace the sprayer head down until you find a dividing line in the assembly. The bottom part that's between the hose and the main sprayer head is the locknut. Twist this locknut with your fingers until the sprayer head feels loose. Pull the head off the locknut and dispose of the head.

You should now have a hose line with a locknut on the end. Remove the locknut assembly so you don't have to worry about any compatibility issues with the new sprayer head.

To remove the locknut assembly, take the washer off the top and set it aside. Use a small set of pliers to remove the "c"-shaped ring down in the locknut and around the hose. You can then pull the locknut free. Set the c-clip aside and dispose of the nut.

Step 2: Install The New Head

Head to the hardware store and purchase a universal faucet sprayer head that's designed to work with any type of sink hose. The kit should at least include the head and a c-clip.  But if your original washer and c-clip were in good shape, it's not a big deal if the kit only contains the sprayer head.

Install the new head in the reverse order of how you took off the old one. Screw the locknut onto the end of the hose. Use the pliers to put the c-clip around the hose end inside the nut. Place the washer on top of the locknut. Screw the sprayer head onto the locknut.

Step 3: Test The New Head

Turn on your faucet and spray the hose a few times to make sure the handle works. If water either fails to come out or comes out in a trickle, you can perform a couple of checks.

First, take the head off the locknut again and remove the washer. Point the open hose end down in the sink and turn the faucet on. If water comes out with no problems, you have a problem with your sprayer head.

Try putting the head back together again making sure all the pieces are in the correct place and twisted tight. If the water still doesn't work, you might have a bum sprayer head. Take everything back off, put it back in the packaging and return it to the hardware store for a new head. For more information, contact a specialist like Quality Plumbing Inc.

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