If you are experiencing problems with your kitchen sink sprayer, then you will probably be frustrated and bothered about the fact that you have to get a plumber to install a new kitchen sink sprayer. Here is some good news for you: You can do it yourself. Removing and replacing a faulty kitchen sink sprayer, is not a major plumbing exercise and by following a few simple and easy to follow steps you can have the job done in no time and at a fraction of the cost.
The first thing you need to do is to make sure that it is not just a sediment build up clogging the kitchen sink sprayer. If that is the case, you can remove it easily by buying sediment build up remover (just ask any sales person in your local hardware store), dissolve it in water according to the instructions and use it as needed and described. If this does not work, you will probably have to remove and replace the sprayer.
Step 1 – Turn off Water Supply
You need to make sure that the water supply to the kitchen sink sprayer is off. The tap will be underneath the kitchen sink, but if you cannot find it, you can also turn off the main water supply to your home. Do not forget to do this as your whole kitchen or washroom will be under water when you start removing the kitchen sink sprayer. Once the water supply is off, run the sprayer to make sure as much water as possible escapes from the pipes.
Step 2 - Unhook Supply Lines
The next step is to unhook the water supply lines. You will see connecting nuts where the sink sprayer tubes and the water supply lines meet. Undo these nuts, but make sure you have a bucket or towel underneath it as the excess water may leak out. There will probably be nuts on both sides so you will need two sets of adjustable pliers or the right size tools to remove them. Once all the nuts are off, remove the lines.
Step 3 – Remove the Sprayer
First, loosen the pipe or hose underneath the sprayer handle. Then undo the nuts located on both sides of the pipe or hose. You will be able to pull the hose away from the sprayer.
Step 4 – Remove Mounting Nuts
The next part of your operation is to find the mounting nuts that are somewhere near the back of the sink. They nuts are usually plastic and so are easy to get off.
Step 5 – Remove Faucet
Lastly, you can remove the faucet from the sink. It may be very easy but if it feels like it is stuck, apply some pressure until it is completely loose.
That is it. Your old kitchen sink sprayer is off.