Let’s be honest; washing dishes is a task that none of us enjoys. But one thing that makes it easy to get through this arduous task is a Kitchen Sprayer. An effective kitchen sprayer has a powerful consistent stream of water that cleans any utensils in seconds, but with this time stream becomes weak due to a variety of reasons. And that’s when you need to replace your kitchen sprayer hose.
Over time with use, sprayers wear out. This is mainly due to mineral build-up in the sprayer hose pipe or sprayer head. There is nothing more annoying than having a weak kitchen sprayer as it completely beats the purpose of having one. But, kitchen sprayers might be one of your kitchen tools that need constant repair. There are various reasons that your kitchen sprayer can become weak, maybe your washer has worn out, or your sprayer hose is clogged due to mineral build-up.
If you wish to return to the glory days when your sprayers would rinse of all waste of your plates in a matter of seconds, you’ll need to replace your kitchen sink sprayer hose. However, if along with the hose your sprayer is also worn out, it is advisable to replace the whole set.
Average Cost To Replace A Kitchen Sprayer Hose
A kitchen sprayer is a tool that you will use daily. Hence it would be best if you bought from a reputed and reliable brand. This one-time investment will save you money and time in the long run.
If along with your hose pipe, you also choose to replace your sprayer head, this project should cost you $40-$150.
You can replace your kitchen sprayer hose in less than an hour. Review the list of tools required below and ensure that you turn off the main water supply before beginning the replacement process.
Tools & Material
Replacing Your Kitchen Sprayer Hose
- Remove the kitchen sprayer head. Pull the old sprayer out and subsequently turn the head counterclockwise to remove it as well as to remove the gasket.
- Unscrew the mounting nut. The nut is located directly underneath the faucet opening.
This is also a good time to check the condition of your faucet. Just like sprayers, kitchen sink faucets also need to be replaced periodically.
- You’ll see a copper tube coming down from the faucet body that having a brass nipple where the sprayer hose is attached. Using a set of pliers hold the brass connection and unscrew the hose connector.
- It is vital to hold the brass nipple in place while unscrewing the mounting nut. This will prevent any twist in the copper tubing, which could lead to a future leak or complete breakage.
- With the hose disconnected from the faucet, pull the sprayer hose up and out from above the sink. If you are unsure about what kind of replacement to buy, take the sprayer head and hose with you to the hardware store.
- Once you have removed the sprayer and the gasket, clean the sink with soap and water before installing your new kitchen sprayer and hose.
Assembling New Kitchen Sprayer Head
- The first is to install the tailpiece of your sprayer. The tailpiece might or might not come along with your sprayer.
- Insert the tailpiece through the hole in the sink deck. The tailpiece should have a gasket at its base. Follow the manufacturer’s guide for installing the tailpiece.
- In the absence of instructions, follow the below steps to attach your tailpiece –
- Apply a 1/4-inch bead of plumber‘s putty to the bottom edge of the sprayer base and place the tailpiece of the sprayer base into the sink opening.
- Gently press to ensure that the tailpiece sticks to the sink deck.
- Furthermore, wipe any excess putty with a cloth.
- From underneath the sink, put a friction washer over the tailpiece. The bottom of the tailpiece is usually threaded. Hence the washer will quickly turn into place.
- Next, you will need to attach your new mounting nut. Just like the friction washer, the nut will spin onto the threaded tailpiece.
- Use a basin wrench to tighten the nut, however, do not over-tighten the nut as it might lead to breakage.
Now, with your tailpiece firmly in place, assemble your new kitchen sprayer’s head. Unscrew the nut from the base of the head, and push one end of the hose through the nut. To complete the assembly follow these steps –
- Slip the clip onto the hose. The clip helps to attach the hose to the end of the nut for a secure connection.
- Install the nylon washer onto the hose, followed by placing a rubber washer onto in.
- These washers will prevent water leakage and also aid in its durability.
- Screw the sprayer head onto the nut by hand and tighten to fit.
Attaching The Kitchen Sprayer Hose
- With the head assembled, thread your new kitchen sprayer hose through the tailpiece.
- Ensure to thread the new sprayer hose down through the housing until it is in and ready for connection. Before connecting the hose to the faucet, make sure the hose has ample space to move and is not tangling with any other objects underneath the sink.
- The sprayer hose will connect directly with the diverter nipple located beneath your faucet. Wrap the threaded end of the diverted nipple with Teflon tape to ensure additional security against leaks.
- Use a plier to hold the diverter nipple in place and screw the sprayer hose onto the nipple by hand. Once the mounting nut is in place, use a wrench to tighten the connections. However, do not over-tighten the connection.
- Depending on the length and type of your sprayer hose pipe, you can attach a weight onto it. The weight is cylindrical, screw it onto the pipe using a screwdriver.
- The weight is sold with the pipe and helps to keep the pipe stable and hold it in place underneath the sink.
- Once all the connections are secure, turn the water valves back on.
- Let the water run from your faucet and the sprayer to check from leaks. Let the water flow for a few minutes.
- Also, check if the tailpiece has been correctly installed. Ideally, it is firmly stuck onto the sink deck with no leakages.
Once the installation is complete, you’ll have a new, properly functioning kitchen sprayer at your disposal. There should be a noticeable difference in the water force once you have replaced the kitchen sprayer hose.
Frequently Asked Questions: How To Replace A Kitchen Sprayer Hose
Do I need to buy a sprayer head with the hose pipe?
No, you do not. However, if your sprayer head is old, it is advisable to replace the set as it will be cost-effective.
Can the sprayer be replaced without closing the main water valves?
The sprayer is directly connected to the water valves via the faucet connection. Failure to close the water valves will lead to water flowing out of the faucet connection once it is detached.