How to Install a New Showerhead

Installing a New ShowerheadHas your showerhead started leaking lately? If it has, it might be time to consider a new one. How to install a showerhead you ask? Installing a new showerhead is a simple task provided you follow these easy step-by-step instructions and take a few precautions.

Step 1: Choosing Your Model

There are several models to choose from when installing a new showerhead. You can opt for the straight connection head that has a flexible hose and a handheld sprayer, or a showerhead unit that comes equipped with a dial selector that you turn to achieve numerous spray patterns. A fixed head and handheld sprayer has both features, so you can use either. The standard head, the least expensive, has a basic non-adjustable head with spray perforations.

Step Two: Removing Your Old Showerhead

This step requires a few sub-steps:

  1. Make sure the water is turned off at the tub or shower valves. You can also shut the main water supply off under the sink for extra protection.
  2. Use a pipe wrench with a rag underneath it or some tape around the shower pipe arm to protect it from scratching.
  3. Place the pipe wrench so that it locks into position around the pipe arm and has resistance in a clockwise direction.
  4. Use an adjustable crescent wrench or end wrench (of the proper size) and fit it over the nut on the underside neck of the showerhead and turn it in a counterclockwise direction.
  5. While you are turning the nut counterclockwise, hold the pipe wrench in a clockwise direction, applying slight pressure.
  6. The showerhead should come right off via numerous turns. If stuck, spray some penetrating oil on the joint and let it soak for several minutes.
  7. Turn the head off slowly, twisting back and forth a few times if you need to weaken the seal.

Step Three: Clean & Prep the Pipe Joint

Once you have removed the old shower head, use an old toothbrush and some penetrating oil to clean the threads. Scrub it until the threads are free of debris and any scale buildup, then wipe it down with a clean rag.

Wrap some Teflon plumbing tape around the threads of the pipe arm. Don’t wrap the first one or two threads at either end—that way the tape will not jam and slip out or show past the connector joint.

Step Four: Installing Your New Showerhead

  1. Screw on the new showerhead clockwise with one hand while supporting the pipe arm with the other. Screw it on tight, using only hand pressure.
  2. Turn the water on and check for leaks. Generally speaking, hand-tight is usually more than enough for a proper seal, but you see leaking, use the crescent or end wrench to tighten the flange nut (the same nut you unscrewed it with).
  3. If you have the fixed showerhead and handheld sprayer combination, you might have to assemble the hose connection to the fixed showerhead by screwing it on and tightening it with a wrench.
  4. Turn your water faucets or water supply valve on and test the device.

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