How To Replace A Delta Kitchen Faucet Sprayer Hose
Delta kitchen faucets are some of the most popular faucets around. This brand of kitchen faucet is one of the top-selling in the whole country, but when their sprayer hoses leak, it can be pretty difficult to handle the mess. Replacing the sprayer hose is often the best course of action, but trying to replace it can be an intimidating task for newbies. So, what can you do?
In order to replace a Delta kitchen faucet’s sprayer hose, you will have to do the following:
- Turn off the sprayer and release any water left in.
- Pull apart the washer, remove the C-clip, and remove the hose.
- Put the new one in its place, add a new washer, and replace the C-clip.
- Test the new sprayer hose.
When you’re trying to fix a leak or just update your plumbing, it’s important to know what you need to do. This guide will help clue you in.
Before You Begin: Are You Ready?
The first thing you should do is inspect the hose and check for leaks. If it’s leaking out of the side of the hose rather than the bases, you absolutely need to replace the sprayer hose. When finding a replacement, make sure that it’s the proper length and is the same make and model as the one you’re replacing.
Part 1: Removing The Old Sprayer Hose
Once you’ve got the right hose for the job and ascertained that replacement is a must, it’s time to start removing the old hose. This includes prep and actual removal. To get this done, follow these steps below:
- Turn off the water’s shutoff valve, and pull the trigger on the sprayer to release any pent-up water that might still be in the hose. Place a bucket underneath in order to catch any water as it falls.
- Remove any C-clips, nuts, and washers keeping the hose in place.
- Check the connection type. If you have a press release, press the button to release the hose. If it’s a pull release, then pull down the hose and remove the weight strung through the hose.
- Focus your attention on the sprayer head. Delta has several different types, but in all types of faucets, you will need to remove the sprayer head in order to remove the hose. It’s best to refer to your manual in order to do this. Put the head aside for the time being.
- If you have any parts that need to be unscrewed, use a wrench to fully release the hose.
- Take the hose out of the old sink.
Important Notes About Fittings
It’s often best to set aside the slide nuts, washers, and C-clips. If your washer breaks when it’s being pulled apart due to rust or corrosion, throw them away and buy some new ones. In terms of the old sprayer hose, you can throw that away or bring it to your local recycling center.
Important Notes About Removing The Sprayer Head
If you’ve had the sprayer head for a long time, removing it may be a bit of a pain. This is because there is a chance of high calcium buildup due to hard water. This can be fixed by filling a plastic bag with white vinegar and soaking the sprayer in it for about an hour. It’ll loosen up the calcium fast.
Part 2: Adding The New Sprayer Hose
Now that you have the old sprayer hose removed, you can start replacing it with a new sprayer hose. Here’s how you can do this without losing your mind:
- Feed the sprayer hose through the hole it’s meant to go through. This can be the sprayer hole or the faucet’s neck, depending on the model.
- Connect your brand new sprayer hose to the sprayer head using instructions found in your manual.
- Locate the outlet tube. If your sprayer hose came with a weight, reinstall the weighted portion. Before continuing
- Using the washers and nuts that came with the old fixture, reconnect your new sprayer hose to the outlet tube. If your setup had a C-clip, then add it back into place.
- Give the sprayer hose a good, gentle tug to ensure that it’s totally secure.
- Turn on the water once again. Test to make sure that your hose is leak-free before you remove the bucket.
Need A New Delta Sprayer Hose?
There are two types of sprayer hose replacement stories: ones that need to happen after years of faithful service, and ones that happen as a result of a defective sprayer hose. If you recently replaced your sprayer hose, made sure it was added on properly, and still see leaks, don’t hit the hardware store immediately.
Delta is known for standing behind their work, and that includes minor parts like sprayer hose. Before you assume that you have to buy a new part, call Delta to find out if you can get a replacement. You might need to show proof of purchase, but their customer service reps are fairly reasonable when it comes to their replacement policy.
Will Homeowner’s Insurance Cover A Sprayer Hose Replacement?
While one would hope that the premiums would be able to cover the cost of a sprayer hose that breaks. However, this is not usually the case. Replacing a sprayer hose is considered to be a part of regular home maintenance. This means that it’s a part of wear and tear, which is not covered by most insurance plans.
On a similar note, not having this repair covered doesn’t mean that you should delay replacing a hose. Homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover mold either, so if you were hoping to get a write-off from that, you are going to be sorely disappointed.
Should You Get A Professional To Install A Sprayer Hose For You?
Professional installation for a sprayer hose isn’t exactly common, since it is remarkably easy to DIY. However, it’s not unheard of and it is often a smart decision if the idea of working on plumbing squicks you out. (It’s a thing. Believe me.) If you want to get it done professionally, hit up a plumber or a local handyman.
Sprayer hose installation is not a pricey endeavor. Most installations will be the minimum cost for a plumber’s visit, which translates into $40 to $60. So while it’s not necessary, people who want to have a little extra convenience should consider it.
Though many people assume that Delta offers a lifetime warranty, this is not entirely the case. Delta offers one of the best limited warranties in the kitchen faucet industry. The Delta company offers a limited lifetime warranty on all faucets made after 1995. Prior to that, Delta had a two-year warranty.
The lifetime warranty includes all parts that function and/or look good. It does not, however, cover any labor that needs to be done, nor will it cover replacements if you need to get it replaced as a result of wear and tear. So while it’s not a full coverage lifetime warranty, it’s pretty darn impressive by any standards.What are the best kitchen faucet brands according to plumbers?
Plumbers all have their own personal favorites, but there are some common names that keep cropping up. Some of the most frequently-recommended brands include Kohler, Moen, and Delta. However, any major upscale kitchen faucet brand is going to be a good match. When in doubt, it’s best to ask your plumber what they recommend.
The one thing you typically don’t want to do is go for a third-party brand that isn’t well-established or has a poor reputation. This inevitably leads to having to replace them.Are Delta faucets different if you buy them at Lowe’s or Home Depot?
Yes and no. It depends on what you mean. Lowe’s and Home Depot both have special contracts with Delta that involve store-specific models. So what you find at the store may be different than what you get elsewhere.
However, this does not mean that the models in question are lower in quality. The quality that one expects from Delta remains consistent regardless of where you buy their products. That’s just the Delta way.
Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.
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