Although replacing a shower faucet can seem daunting, it is possible with some knowledge and basic tools. This is a step-by–step guide to replacing a shower head.
Step 1: Turn off Water Supply Before you start any plumbing work, it is important to turn off water supply. Turn off the water supply to the shower by finding the shut-off valve. If there isn’t a valve designated for the shower, shut off the main water supply.
Step 2: Disconnect the Old Faucet. To get rid of the old faucet you’ll need to first remove the handle. You may need a screwdriver, or an Allen wrench depending on which faucet you have. After the handle has been removed, you’ll need to remove the escutcheon and mounting screws that keep the faucet in place.
Step 3: Install the New Faucet. Once the old faucet has been removed, it is possible to install the new faucet. Installation should not be difficult if you are replacing the faucet with a similar model. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer for your model. You may have to adjust the plumbing connections or drill new holes into the shower wall if you are installing a different faucet type.
Step 4: Connect the Plumbing To ensure a tight seal, connect the faucet to the water supply pipes using plumber’s tape. Next, remove the handle and escutcheon plates.
Step 5: Test the Faucet. Turn on the water supply again and check that the faucet is working correctly. You can check for leaks, adjust the water flow and temperature as necessary.
Tips to Replace a Shower Faucet
- Make sure that you have all of the tools and parts necessary to replace the item before you begin the process.
- Before removing the faucet, take photos. This will help you to remember the connections and simplify installation.
- While you’re at the shower, consider replacing your showerhead. This is a simple way to improve your shower experience.
- Consider hiring a professional plumber if you aren’t confident with your plumbing skills.
Although replacing a shower head isn’t difficult, it requires some plumbing knowledge and the proper tools. You can easily replace your shower faucet by following these steps and taking all the precautions necessary.