I stood in front of the kitchen sink, wondering why the hand sprayer was fully pulled out of it’s hole and resting across the counter. Sensing my confusion, my wife notified me the sprayer leaked when it was in an upright position and needed to be replaced.
Replacing the hand sprayer on our kitchen sink seemed like an easy DIY project.
It turned out to be a little more difficult than I had anticipated, so I thought I would share my experience with all the Clever People so you can learn from my mistakes.
Determine What Needs Replacing
If your hand sprayer is leaking from the connector to the faucet, or from the hose itself you likely need to replace the hose. If it’s leaking from the sprayer head (as mine was), a replacement head should be purchased. Individual pieces can be purchased for less money than a full replacement kit. Determine what needs to be replace, and buy only that part.
Universal Is a Lie
I purchased a universal hand sprayer kit, and just replaced the sprayer head since it was leaking from the push button. When I turned it on, water shot out in every direction from the base. Upon further inspection I saw that the gasket on the end of the hose was not the same as on the replacement hose. Therefore, it didn’t form a good seal with the new spray head.
Since I had the replacement hose, I figured I would just replace the hose as well. Unfortunately, the replacement hose was not universal either. Some faucets have a threaded connector, and some have a quick connect nipple. My faucet had the nipple, but my replacement hose had the threaded connector.
Research Before Disconnecting Anything
Before I discovered the difference in the faucet connector, I had removed the old hose. Once I determined the first replacement hose wouldn’t work, I tried to reattach the old hose. Unfortunately, I had broken the quick connector mechanism and I couldn’t get it to stay on the nipple. After unsuccessfully trying to keep the hose connected to the faucet by using duct tape and a hose clamp, I had to turn the water off to my kitchen faucet and leave it unusable until I could get new replacement parts.
To summarize, when replacing a kitchen faucet hand sprayer:
- Research exactly what you have before disconnecting anything
- Determine exactly what needs to be replaced
- Purchase what is needed, labeled explicitly for the brand or type of faucet you have
- Follow the directions included with the replacement parts
What should have been a $8, 10 second job to unscrew the old spray head and screw on the new one turned into literally hours of frustration and a total cost of $40 ($10 for the first replacement kit, $30 for the second). By following these steps when replacing your kitchen hand sprayer, you can save yourself time, frustration, and money.
Have you ever replaced your kitchen faucet hand sprayer? How did it go for you?
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