Our kitchens are full of convenient appliances to help get us through our daily cooking and cleaning tasks. Microwave ovens, electric can openers, and food processors are just a few of the tools used every day, and we tend to take them for granted. For the mechanically inclined homeowner, replacing a kitchen sink sprayer is an easy task that shouldn’t take more than half an hour to complete.
How Do I Know if My Sink Sprayer Needs Replacement?
The most common symptoms of sink sprayer problems are reduced water pressure from the sprayer head, and leaks under your sink. Water pressure decreases from the sprayer because of air getting into the unit from a hole or can occur from mineral build-up in hard water areas like Houston. Check beneath your kitchen sink for puddles, damp wood, mold, or mildew, which could indicate a leaky sink sprayer.
Any kitchen sink sprayer that is showing any signs of breakdown should be replaced as soon as possible. Doing so will help minimize water damage and the inconvenience of being without your sprayer. If you’re not a do-it-yourself homeowner, give Nick’s Plumbing and Air Conditioning a call for a cost evaluation on a sprayer installation.
Feeling Brave. Ready to Install a Sink Sprayer by Myself!
Okay, let’s do this.
You’re going to need to grab a few tools for the job; an adjustable wrench, a pair of slip-joint pliers, a utility knife, and a flat- and Philips-head screwdriver plumber’s tape.
1. Make sure to turn off the water supply to your kitchen sink, as failing to do so will end with a horrible surprise. Most will have a valve each for hot and cold water, allowing you to turn the water off locally. If your home uses a PEX manifold, you can cut the water supply to the kitchen at the panel or turn the main water supply to the house off.
2. Once the water is cut off, run the faucet to get any residual water out of it, then start by loosening the mounting nut underneath the countertop. You’ll need your slip-joint pliers for most installations, while some may be installed with hand-tightening plastic fittings. Disconnect the sprayer hose from where it connects to the faucet assembly, with pliers or a wrench, and remove the entire sprayer assembly.
3. Feed the new sprayer hose into the opening of the counter or sink top and attach the mounting nut, tightening the nut with pliers. Be sure to refer to any written instructions included with your new sprayer and use all the washers and gaskets packaged with it to prevent leaks.
4. Once the sprayer is in place, run the hose to the faucet connection the old one was connected to. Wrap a couple of layers of plumber’s tape around the threaded end and connect the hose to the faucet assembly. Use a wrench or slip-joint pliers to tighten the nut further, a half-turn past hand-tight should be sufficient.
5. Turn the water supply to the sink back on and test your new kitchen sink sprayer. There may be some air trapped in the pipes, which will “burp” itself out for a few seconds. Make sure the new sprayer is operating correctly, has adequate water pressure, and checks beneath the sink and at the hose connection for leaks. You can always tighten the sink connection a little more, be careful not to over-tighten and strip the threads.
Should I Also Replace My Kitchen Faucet?
If your kitchen sink sprayer was installed at the same time as your faucet, it might be a good idea to consider replacing the entire faucet assembly. Wear and tear from hard water, and day-to-day usage occurs in all plumbing appliances from the moment they’re installed. Since many commercially available manufacturers of plumbing parts tend to package faucets together with sink sprayers, it’s advisable to replace both fixtures at the same time.
Whether you decide to call in an expert or do it yourself, Nick’s Plumbing and Air Conditioning is available to answer any questions. We’ve been taking care of everything, including the kitchen sink for Houston’s plumbing since 1979. Check out our five-star ratings on Google, and see what Houston has to say about Nick’s.