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How to Replace Kitchen Faucet Head?
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. It’s where you cook, clean, and spend time with family and friends. So if something breaks or faucet doesn’t work properly in your kitchen, it can be a real inconvenience. One common problem with older kitchens is an old, leaky faucet head that makes water drip from the faucet.
Fixing a dripping faucet head is an easy weekend project that will get your kitchen back up and running in no time. In this article, we’ll show you how to replace a leaking faucet head so you can have a steady stream of water whenever you need it. You’ll only need a few basic tools to complete this project.
Seven Common Reasons Why Your Faucet Head Needed Replacing
1. The faucet head is clogged with debris.
2. The head came loose from the base or sprayer hose and now leaks when turned on.
3. A replacement part was installed incorrectly causing a leak.
4. Your home’s water pressure is too high causing the faucet to drip constantly.
5. The washer is worn out and needs to be replaced.
6. Mineral build-up caused the faucet head to stop sending water through your pipes.
7. Your faucet head is old, corroded, and broken beyond repair.
How To Replace Kitchen Faucet Head
Need professional advice?
If you notice that the faucet head is clogged with debris or that a replacement part was installed incorrectly causing a leak, then we recommend hiring a plumber. While you can replace parts on your own, there are some jobs that require expert installation and attention to detail.
What You Will Need?
The following tools will be needed for this project:
• Tape measure
• Pencil or marker
• One new kitchen faucet head (dual-threaded for both ¾ and ½ inch tubing) with a sprayer hose attached
• Wrench set, pliers, slip-joint pliers, adjustable wrench, screwdriver, or electric drill with a driving bit.
• Soapy water
What You Will Do?
Here’s how to replace a sink faucet head in three easy steps.
Step 1: Shut off the Water Supply
Before you begin, turn off the water supply that feeds into your kitchen faucet. Look underneath the sink and find your shut-off valve located near the washing machine hookup. Or, you can turn off the water supply to your entire house by turning on the main shut-off valve located near the street.
Step 2: Unscrew Old Kitchen Faucet Head
Use a wrench set or pliers to remove the faucet handle and replace it with a rag or towel so that you don’t scratch the finish. Unscrew the screw under the handle and check for a rubber washer and metal or plastic washer (if you have an old plastic faucet, your washers will likely be made of metal).
Step 3: Install New Kitchen Faucet Head
Now insert a new washer to accept installation of the new faucet head onto the stem. Then screw on the new kitchen faucet head until it’s firmly in place. Reattach the faucet handle and turn on your water supply to test for leaks.
If you have a metal faucet head, place your new faucet into place and secure it with your pliers and wrench. If you’re installing a plastic faucet head, wrap some Teflon tape around the threads where the faucet meets the pipe to ensure a tight fit. Screw your new faucet head into place and you’re all set!
Tips For Keeping Your Water Clean and Safe in the Kitchen
- Turn off water by turning valve located under sink counterclockwise.
- Remove handle from faucet head by unscrewing it with tools provided.
- If any rubber washers are present, put these in a bag for later. You can get them from your local hardware store.
- Look inside the faucet head to see what kind of replacement you need. If it’s metal, you can usually use a metal replacement with no problems. If the faucet is made of plastic, you will want to replace it with plastic.
- Place the new faucet head in place and secure it with your tools.
- Wrap Teflon tape around threads where the faucet meets the pipe.
- Screw the new faucet head into place and you’re all set!
As you can see replacing your kitchen faucet head is a cinch. You don’t need to call in a professional, just follow these simple steps and get back up and running in no time. By investing in your own tools, you’ll have them on hand if something else goes wrong with your kitchen sink or faucet. And if you ever need to replace your faucet head again, you’ll know right where everything is!