How to Repair Kitchen Faucet Spray

By Civita Dyer

How to Repair Kitchen Faucet Spray

Instead of calling a plumber right away, consider repairing your kitchen faucet spray yourself. The job is not as complicated as it might seem, and the savings from working on your faucet spray yourself will be substantial.

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By Civita Dyer

OverviewThe kitchen faucet spray is the sprayer head that sits to the side of the faucet or is found inside the faucet head and can be removed for spraying distances further away than the faucet itself will reach. The kitchen faucet spray is attached to a hose and is equipped with a spray button for control of the water. Occasionally, it will need to be repaired or replaced.Step 1Crawl underneath the sink with flashlight in hand and turn off both the hot and cold-water valves by turning them both clockwise. Because some water will be trapped in the lines, turn the faucet on and let it run out. The faucet will knock about and make a few odd noises as air is pushed through the line. Turn the faucet back off.Step 2Cover the cap that sits directly behind where the water spout connects to the faucet with a rag to protect the fixture, as you unscrew it with the adjustable wrench or channel locks. Set the cap to the side and place the rag down in the drain to prevent small parts from falling into the drain if they are dropped. You have now exposed the diverter.Step 3Remove the diverter by unscrewing it using a flat head screw driver or a coin. Place the screwdriver or coin into the notches on the top of the diverter. Pull the diverter out after loosening it. A rubber gasket should come out attached to the diverter; if it is not attached, you will have to use the flashlight and pliers to pull the gasket out of the hole the diverter just came out of.Step 4Place the diverter in a bowl of bleach and hot water. You should use three parts hot water to one part bleach. Allow the diverter to soak until you can stand to put your hands in the water, and then scrub down the tiny cracks of the diverter with the toothbrush.Step 5Wrap plumber’s tape around the screw threads on the converter, and then screw it back into place, again using the coin or flat head screwdriver. Replace the cap to its location behind the waterspout. Remove the rag from the drain and wipe away any water that may have escaped while you were repairing the diverter.Step 6Turn the water valves back on and test the kitchen sprayer. If the sprayer still does not work, you may need to replace the sprayer.skill3ingredientPlumber’s tape or Teflon tape
Pliers
Rag
Adjustable wrench or channel locks
Flat head screw driver or coin
Flashlight
Bleach
Hot water
New toothbrushingredientsPlumber’s tape or Teflon tapeingredientsPliersingredientsRagingredientsAdjustable wrench or channel locksingredientsFlat head screw driver or coiningredientsFlashlightingredientsBleachingredientsHot wateringredientsNew toothbrushtipIf the hose is damaged or if there is a leak at any connections, try wrapping it with plumber’s tape to see if this will fix the problem before you spend money on replacement parts.tipsIf the hose is damaged or if there is a leak at any connections, try wrapping it with plumber’s tape to see if this will fix the problem before you spend money on replacement parts.keywordkitchen faucet, kitchen sprayerskeywordskitchenkeywordsfaucetkeywordskitchenkeywordssprayersResourcesreferenceRepairing and Replacing Kitchen Faucet SprayersresourceKitchen Faucet and Sprayer Buying Guide

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