How to Replace a Shower Faucet

A detachable shower head.
What You'll Need
New Shower Head
Step Stool (optional)
Crescent Wrench or Pliers
Plumber's Tape

If you've lived in your home for any long duration of time, then problems with amenities are inevitable, so one should learn how to replace shower faucets. Water can naturally corrode metal and a myriad of other things could go wrong with your faucets, particularly your shower faucet. The easiest solution to this problem is to call a professional, but that can also be the most expensive solution.

This guide can help show you how to replace a shower faucet, and give you the satisfaction of doing your own home repair.

Step 1 - Turn Off the Water

Before doing any sort of home repair on your pipes, it's a good idea to turn off the water at its source. If you need to use the step stool, place it securely inside of the tub and make sure that all of your tools are within reach. When you turn off the water, you want to tighten the bolt that controls the flow. This is how you'll keep water from flowing while doing your installation.

Step 2 - Remove the Old Head

Use either your crescent wrench, or your pliers to remove the old shower head. It should come by unscrewing it with the tool that you've chosen.

Step 3 - Screw in the New Head

If you bought your shower head brand new, then it will probably come with its own set of specific instructions inside of the package. Take your plumber's tape and wrap it around the end of the new faucet head that you're going to screw back into the shower.

Before you start, make sure that all of your washers are tightly in place. More often than not, everything that you need for this project will come with the new shower head, this means your washers and anything else you may need. Screw on your shower head and make absolutely sure that it's tight.

Step 4 - Turn the Water Back On

After you've installed the new faucet head, you're probably going to want to test it before moving on. To test it turn the main water source back on. You're probably going to need either your crescent wrench or your pliers to do this. Turning the water back on is as simple as moving the bolt in the opposite direction of when you turned the water off.

Step 5 - Test Your Shower

After you've turned your main water source back on then it's time to test whether or not your new installation worked. To see if your new shower faucet still leaks simply turn on the water in the shower. If there's no more leak when you turn it on and off then you're done.

If you followed the steps in this guide on how to replace a shower faucet and it still didn't fix your problem, then you're going to have to call a professional. Unfortunately this can be expensive, but if the guide didn't work then it's the only way to be absolutely sure that your shower faucet is going to be replaced and repaired.