How to Replace the Diverter for a Kitchen Sink Sprayer
The kitchen sink sprayer is a useful device in the kitchen. However, at times it operates at reduced capacity due to a defective diverter. A diverter may fail to function as expected due to the natural process of wear and tear. Signs that show your diverter is defective are varied. The sprayer may let out very little water or none at all. The diverter could be defective if you find that the sprayer pulsates continuously. Where water flows continuously out of the faucet when the sprayer is still in use, is a sign that the diverter is defective. Diverters wear out eventually and require replacement when defective.
Step 1 - Disconnect the Water Supply
The first thing to do is to disconnect the supply of water to the faucet. Locate the two valves beneath the sink. Turn these valves in a clockwise direction to achieve disconnection. Alternatively, go out into the street and disconnect the supply from the main lines. After turning off supply, release all the pressure on the lines by turning the taps, as if turning on supply.
Step 2 - Remove the Spout
Before you start your work, assemble all your tools so that they are within easy reach. Then, use a pair of pliers to loosen the spout. Turn the ring in a counterclockwise direction. Your pliers will also come in handy where there is need to remove the thread ring. After loosening the spout, take it off from the base of the sink.
Step 3 - Locate the Diverter
After the spout is off the base, you will be looking at the diverter. Some diverters attach to the base of the sink through a screw. Use your screw driver to loosen it out of its hold. Then use a pair of pliers to pull it out completely. Use your pliers to remove the rubber gasket. Then with the old diverter in your hand go down to the local hardware store and purchase an exact match to replace it. Also, buy a good brand to be sure of the quality you are buying.
Step 4 - Wrap the Diverter
Take Teflon tape and wrap around the new diverter. Make sure you wrap around the threads. Then slowly and carefully thread the new diverter into its place. Make sure that the diverter is firmly in place. Then use a screw driver to tighten the diverter.
Step 5 - Return the Spout
Return the spout to its original position. Secure the spout with a metal ring. Use a pair of pliers and turn it clockwise to tighten it. Tighten the cap over the spout.
Step 6 - Turn on Water Supply
After you have securely fastened the faucet spout and cap, clean up your working area. Then reconnect the water supply and turn on the sprayer to see how it works. Collect your tools and return them to the toolbox.