I have lots of experience with DIY plumbing and am here to share my tips and step-by-step pictorial guides with you.
When to Replace Kitchen Faucet Sprayer
When the old rubber band around the sprayer hose trick fails to expel enough water to hit your target, bringing with it the familiar soggy-squeal, it is time to replace that old sprayer hose! Yep, when stopgap measures fail time and time again, you will need to replace the entire sprayer assembly.
Your first thought may be to give a local low-cost plumber a call, but wait a minute and think this through. What if you decided to be your own cheap plumber? You would incur the cost of parts, sure, but no labor cost—and that's the way to go! Replacing a sprayer hose is easy and takes just a few minutes and very little know-how. Stick with me and see just how much you can save.
Before Going to the Trouble of Replacing the Sprayer Hose
A mineral build-up on the spray nozzle may be the cause of the faulty sprayer results. Before you replace the sprayer hose, try soaking the head of the sprayer (nozzle) in a bowl of warm vinegar to dissolve any calcified minerals that may be causing the blockage. This should enable the nozzle to work properly; if it does not, proceed with replacing the entire assembly.
Note: There will come a time when you have to determine if the hose assembly is simply too old to continue clearing the mineral deposits. Sometime it's just better for those who use the device frequently to replace the fixture for the sake of daily convenience.
Stuff You Need for the Job
- Adjustable wrench
- Sprayer replacement kit
Approximate time needed: 40 minutes
The Best Way to Replace a Kitchen Sink Spray Attachment
For the best results, purchase a replacement assembly that is made by the same manufacturer of your faucet, but universal kits will also work. It only takes three really simple steps to replace the old sprayer hose: Remove the old assembly, Install the new deck fitting, and Get the new hose in place.
How to Replace a Sink Spray Attachement
If you are unfamiliar with the terms used here, refer to the diagrams inset below for part labeling (names).
- Removing the old assembly: Start by turning off the water and draining the hose as much as you can. Then, reach under the sink and literally cut the old sprayer hose in two—be prepared to catch the little bit of water that will drain out. Pull the old hose through the deck fitting, and throw it away. Next, from under the sink, unscrew the remaining length of hose from the faucet nipple. Remove the old jam nut from the deck fitting under the sink and then simply remove the fitting.
- Install the new deck fitting: Now that you have removed the old sink sprayer assembly, install the new deck fitting, and then feed the hose through it from above.
- Get the new hose in place: Be sure to apply a little bit of pipe joint compound to the male threads of the faucet nipple, and thread the new hose in place using an adjustable wrench (I recommend using a smooth-jaw pliers to avoid any potential rips or tearing of the new hose assembly).
Note: Avoid over-tightening the fitting at all costs!
After removing the old spray attachment, slide the rubber gasket onto the new one's fitting shank, and feed the shank through the sink deck hole.
Slide the hose through the deck fitting from above, and install the jamp nut below. Tighten the nut until it is snug.
Finish the repair by connecting the spray attachment's hose to the faucet's diverter nipple. Use a light coating of pipe joint compound on the niple.
Now That the Sprayer Hose Has Been Replaced
With the new sprayer hose installed and working great, the next step is to find the perfect rubber band to twist around the nozzle. Be sure to wrap the band snugly so it holds the sprayer button down fully. Next, stand by for someone to turn the sink water on, and enjoy the show. This might be a good opportunity to create your own "Rubber Band Sprayer Prank" video!
Handy Online Plumbing Resources
- American Water Works Association (AWWA): www.awwa.org
- International Code Council (ICC): www.iccsafe.org
- American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE): www.aspe.org
- Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI): www.pmihome.org
- National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA): www.nkba.org
- World Plumbing Council (WPC): www.worldplumbing.org
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2011 India Arnold
Green Dog VT from chester,vt on July 01, 2012:
Great hub easy to understand and the pictures are the best part of understanding and how to fix the hose step by step. Thanks for great easy to fallow directions
India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on August 28, 2011:
AEvans~ I hope that bookmarking this will help when you decide to replace that sink sprayer hose of yours. I really appreciate your stoping by today! Thanks for the comments.
Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on August 28, 2011:
Looks simple enough and I am bookmarking this to. I believe ours is almost ready to be replaced. Thanks for the info! :)
India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on August 25, 2011:
Cardisa~ LOL! How funny. Ya gotta' love those helpful friends...Thank you for your comments on the old kitchen plumbing. I hope nothing too awful happened during your plumbing repairs!
Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on August 25, 2011:
I wish I had hired you to do my plumbing instead of my boyfriend's friend, it would have saved a lot of trouble...
India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on August 25, 2011:
livelonger~So happy to see you made it by today! How cool that you feel your old sprayer hose has lost its grip on your kitchen! I hope the project goes smoothly and makes for many rubber band sprayer pranks in your future. I appreciate your remarks!
Simone~ Using a bowl of warm vinegar is a great way to get that final mileage out of a mineral crusted sink sprayer without ANY hassle. Thank you for your comments and Happy Plumbing!
HubHugs of course!
Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on August 25, 2011:
Another great guide! I love the tip about soaking the hose in warm vinegar first- I'll have to give that a try!
Jason Menayan from San Francisco on August 25, 2011:
Wow. This is yet another shockingly good, and eminently useful, Hub. We have a kitchen sink with an old, yellowed sprayer hose that is still functional but a bit of an eyesore. We had hesitating on replacing it, because it still works and we thought replacing it would be a PITA. Now we know it will take us about 40 minutes and a bit of elbow grease, but these instructions will set our minds at ease. :) Thank you!