If your sprayer has been malfunctioning or has become ineffective, you may be wondering how to replace the sprayer on a sink faucet. There are a few things you can do to ensure your faucet’s sprayer is fully functional again. One of the easiest ways is to disconnect the sprayer hose from the faucet body. Unscrew it with a wrench and remove the sprayer housing.
Replace the sprayer
To replace the sprayer, remove the old one. The sprayer hose is attached to the faucet with a quick-connect device. These devices make plumbing connections easy. The nipple-like free end of the device threads onto the hose connector on the faucet. To connect the hose to the faucet, screw on the collared portion of the quick-connect device. Push the collared part onto the nipple under the faucet.
Apply penetration oil
If the sprayer is stuck or has rusted, you can try to remove it by scraping the corrosion with a wire brush. Another option is to apply penetration oil to dissolve the corrosion. This will take a few hours or overnight. If the nut is stubborn, you may need to cut it off. If you are not comfortable performing this task, you can call a plumber to help you.
If the aerator is clogged, you can try to clean it by boiling it in vinegar for 30 minutes. You can also try manually clearing the sprayer nozzle with a pin. In some cases, the sprayer head may not fit snugly into the cradle. Fortunately, newer models of faucets have cradles designed to minimize movement of the sprayer head.
Use proper tools
Before you begin, make sure you are using proper tools. If you have never done this before, ask a friend or professional to help you. The instructions should be clear and precise, and include safety tips and information. Safety goggles and an 8-in-1 screwdriver are essential. Afterwards, it is a good idea to turn the valves of the faucet clockwise to ensure that water does not leak out.
Use plumber’s putty
Before you begin replacing a stainless steel kitchen faucet sprayer, check that the replacement sprayer is compatible with the current mounting hole. Ensure that you have all the tools you need to install the new sprayer. You should have two pairs of tongue-and-groove pliers, a basin wrench, and a container of plumber’s putty. Once you’ve gathered all the necessary tools, turn off the water supply and install the new sprayer.
Unscrew the mounting nut
To replace the sprayer, unscrew the mounting nut. If the sprayer is threaded, the fitting should be a threaded one. Use pliers to tighten the mounting nut using a basin wrench or slip joint pliers. After the mounting nut has been tightened, thread the sprayer hose onto the nipple. Once the hose is secure, screw the housing back on the faucet to ensure it stays in place.