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How to Replace a Shower Head

Mineral deposits on old shower heads impede water flow. Mildew growth is unsightly and can penetrate the crevices and holes in your shower head. A new shower head solves these problems. You may also wish to know how to replace a shower head if you want a different type of shower head. You could install a fixed mount head instead of a handheld shower head or vice versa. You could also select a combination unit with both shower head options.

Tools and Materials How to Replace a Shower Head

  • New shower head
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Electrical tape
  • Adjustable pipe wrench
  • Small wire brush
  • Thread seal tape

How to Replace a Shower Head Directions

  1. Turn off the water at the faucet.
  2. Test your old shower head by turning it counterclockwise because it might unscrew without the assistance of tools.
  3. If the old shower head will not turn, wrap some electrical tape around the jaws of the slip joint pliers.
  4. Grip the shower arm (the supply pipe to the shower head) with the wrapped pliers.
  5. With your other hand, slip an adjustable wrench over the old shower head connection.
  6. Twist the wrench counterclockwise to loosen the old shower head.
  7. Unscrew the old shower head and set aside.
  8. The threads of the shower arm will have old thread seal tape and perhaps corrosion on them. Clean up the threads with a wire brush.
  9. Wrap new thread seal tape clockwise around the shower arm threads.
    1. Stretch the tape slightly as you wind it three to five times around the threads.
  10. Proceed with the shower head replacement directions below for the specific head style that you purchased.

To replace a fixed mount shower head:

  1. Unpack your new fixed mount shower head and screw it onto the shower arm.
  2. Turn the shower head until it is firmly hand tight.
  3. Turn the water on for the shower and watch for leaks.
  4. If leaks occur, remove shower head.
  5. Apply more thread seal tape to the shower arm and reconnect the shower head.
  6. Tighten with adjustable wrench.

To replace a handheld shower head:

  1. Turn the shower mount part clockwise onto the shower arm.
  2. Make this connection hand tight.
  3. Take the flexible hose and connect it to the mounting part.
  4. Screw the shower piece onto the hose.
  5. Connections should be hand tight.
  6. Run the water and check for leaks.
  7. If you see a leak, take apart the leaking connection and apply thread seal tape to the threads in a clockwise manner.
  8. Reconnect the parts and tighten firmly with adjustable wrench.
  9. Hang the handheld shower head on the mount.

To replace a combination shower head:

  1. Start with the diverter part that connects the shower head and hose to the shower arm.
  2. Screw the diverter onto the shower arm and hand tighten.
  3. Screw the fixed mount shower head onto the diverter until hand tight.
  4. Consult the product’s directions and attach the handheld shower mount.
  5. Hand tighten the hose to the diverter and handheld shower head.
  6. Hang the handheld shower on its mount.
  7. Run the water and watch for leaks.
  8. Resolve leaks by taking apart the connections, applying thread seal tape, and reconnecting with an adjustable wrench.

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