Over the course of time, kitchen sink sprayers often break or become clogged with various mineral deposits causing faucet system problem. These can harden and crack or wear through from rubbing against something, creating a problem. When stopgap measures fail time and time again the best solution in such cases is to replace the delta kitchen sprayer hose. And if the water quality at the area you live is not very impressive then you'd want to consider changing the type of kitchen faucet you have so you don't have to deal with replacing the faucet over and over again.
Your number one thought would be to call a plumber but before doing that think it through as you can also become your version of a plumber and do it yourself following these content-based solutions from the ones available.
In this article, you are going to see exactly how to disconnect sprayer hose from delta faucet by yourself.
Tools and materials required for this procedure
You need to have all the necessary things for this Do-It-Yourself process, before you start as it will save you time and frustration of last-minute shopping trips and having all tools and everything ready ahead of time. These are available at most home improvement centers and kitchen plumbing supply stores that have almost everything.
- One sink wrench
- One crescent wrench
- Basin wrench
- One new sprayer
- two pairs of channel – type pliers
- One sprayer replacement kit
- One small bucket
- One plumber's putty
Approximate time required: 40 minutes
Before going through the trouble of replacement
A mineral deposit on the spray nozzle may be the cause of the faulty sprayer problem. But before you replace the hose try soaking the head of the sprayer in a bowl of warm vinegar to dissolve any minerals that may be causing the problem. This should enable the nozzle to work properly and if it does not then proceed with replacing the entire assembly.
But you have to determine if the hose assembly is too old to continue clearing the deposits or replacement of fixture is required for sake of daily convenience.
Identify the type of delta kitchen faucets with sprayer hose
You will find that disconnecting the sprayer is easy but for that, you need to identify what type of faucet you have. Based on models, there are three main types of delta kitchen faucets with sprayer hose.
Type 1: Center set kitchen faucet with two handles including the faucet, the hot and cold water shut-off valves, and the veggie sprayer are set in a line on the sink.
Type 2: Widespread kitchen faucet with one handle. It has a separate veggie sprayer with a single handle.
Type 3: Single handle pullout kitchen faucet: its faucet stem doubles as the veggie sprayer.
Once this is done you should follow the instructions.
Steps to replace the delta kitchen faucet sprayer hose
Step 1: The basics
Firstly, to replace the sprayer hose from delta faucet is to shut off the water supply by closing the shut-off valves to the faucet under the sin, diverter or the main shut-off valve for the entire house and drain the remaining water by running the sprayer.
The diverter redirects water from the faucet to the sprayer and it activates when the sprayer is on.
Step 2: Disconnect the sprayer hose from delta faucet
The second step in replacing the delta faucet sprayer hose includes to disconnect the sprayer hose from the delta faucet or the outlet tub.
For this, you need one wrench to hold the brass connection and another pair of pliers to unscrew the slide nut. If you do not grip the brass fitting and hold it steady, you might twist the copper tubing leading to the faucet and break it.
To disconnect sprayer hose is easy because of the snap-on connection. For this, you need to follow these instructions.
- Reach down to the counter and locate the outlet tube and then identify the sprayer hose that is connected to it.
- Check if there is a c clip lock securing the connection between the sprayer hose and outlet tube. If yes, then unclip it and place it away securely as you need it later to fasten the sprayer hose back on.
- Unscrew the mounting nut with the pliers. The body of the housing may turn so you have to hold it steady while loosening it.
- Then cut the sprayer housing into two and pull the old one through deck fitting.
- Place a small bucket underneath it so when you disconnect sprayer hose, any extra water that is there will flow to the bucket from both the outlet tube and sprayer hose.
- Unscrew the remaining length of the hose from the faucet nipple. Remove the old jam nut from the deck fitting and remove the old fitting.
- You may need to press down or pull up on the connection to disconnect it, depending upon the type of connection.
- In the case of a pull-out faucet type, there will be a weight placed through the sprayer hose. Remove it.
With the hose disconnected from the faucet pull the sprayer housing up. Take the sprayer head and hose with you to the home improvement center or hardware store to purchase a replacement sprayer of any company from among the brands available.
Step 3: The process of removing the Sprayer Head
Now remove the sprayer head. Follow these steps for type 1 and type 2 of delta kitchen faucets.
- Loosen the sprayer head from the hose by turning the slide-nut in anticlockwise direction.
- Remove the spray head and keep it aside.
If you have been using it for quite some time now, there will be mineral deposits that will make it difficult for you to open and turn it.
For a solution to this, mix white vinegar and water in equal quantities and soak the sprayer head in this mixture. After about half an hour, you will be able to take the sprayer head off the housing.
For the delta faucet type 3, the sprayer head also functions as a faucet stem or spout. For detaching the sprayer head for this type, follow these steps:
- Pull the sprayer out.
- Create a loop with your sprayer's hose so it would not go back down the faucet.
- Check if the sprayer is connected to the head in a snap-on/quick release connection or a threaded in a connection.
- If it is a quick-release connection, press the button to disconnect the spray head.
- If you have a threaded connection, use a basin wrench to loosen the nut and then disconnect the spray head.
Step 4: Pull out the sprayer hose
Pull the sprayer housing up and out of the mounting hole.
Step 5: Check for any leakages
Re-open water supply lines, run the faucet and check the sprayer hose assembly for any leaks and the spray head for any corrosion.
If there are leaks, though it is unlikely with delta assemblies unless their snap-on mechanism is loose, use silicon glue on that area and another way is to replace the sprayer hose.
Step 6: Install new sprayer hose fitting
Now that you have removed the old sink sprayer, you need to install the new sprayer housing by inserting the tailpiece through the mount hole or hole in the sink deck and then feed the hose through it from above.
The housing should have a gasket of some type around the base. If it does not, you can put a small bead of plumber's putty under the base to help seal it when housing is mounted on the sink.
For this, follow these steps:
- Connect the hoses back to the spray head.
- Put the hose through the sprayer's hole for type 1 and type 2 faucets.
- Put the hose through the faucet's neck for the pull-out type.
- Make sure that the sprayer heads are back in place.
- Through navigation, locate the copper or the outlet tube.
- For pull-out type, put the sprayer hose through the weight.
- Then connect the sprayer hose to the outlet or copper tube.
- If it had a crimp seal, secure it with it.
- Tug a little on the sprayer hose to make sure it is secure using threads.
- Apply pressure against the housing if tightening the nut causes the housing to twist.
- Slide the hose through the deck fitting from above and tighten the faucet‘s nut until it is snug.
By now you have completed the procedure, disconnected the sprayer hose, and put it back together. Plus you did not need anyone else's help either, that's the best part.