How to Install a Shower Head in 6 Steps

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When you’re not necessarily a “handy” person, you might not know how to install a shower head. Whether you’re completely upgrading your bathroom or just need to replace your shower heads, it never hurts to learn the basics!

In this article, IFAN will walk you through every step of the process and cover everything you need to know, including what tools are needed, frequently asked questions, and step-by-step tips for installing and replacing shower heads. We’ll also look at when it’s best to tackle this task yourself and when it’s best to ask for help. Let’s take a closer look!

Tools needed to replace shower heads

Replacing a shower head requires a few key tools. Here is a short list:

  1. New shower heads
  2. New shower arm
  3. A suitable escutcheon (a small metal part that fits on the shower arm and rests against the wall)
  4. Teflon thread sealing tape
  5. Crescent wrench or channel pliers
  6. Rag or towel

Optional tools include:

  1. Liquid remover (for silicone)
  2. Practical shaver
  3. Small brush (such as an old toothbrush)

If you have all these tools and materials, learning how to install a shower head will be easy!

How to Replace a Shower Heads: 6 Steps

Now that you’re ready to learn how to replace a shower head, the good news is that it’s not that difficult! Below, we’ll go through all the steps you need to take to replace your shower heads and enjoy a new type of water flow in your bathroom.

1.Evaluate what type of shower heads you want

There are several different types of shower heads, including:

-Fixed shower heads. They screw directly into the shower arm pipe that runs through the wall.
-Handheld. They have a mount that accepts a removable handheld nozzle. You can always replace your showers heads with a handheld shower heads.

-Combination of fixed + handheld. They have a fixed head and a handheld nozzle, giving you maximum flexibility. However, when you want to replace your shower heads with a handheld part, you may also need to perform a few steps to connect all the parts.

-Rain shower heads. They usually fall from a horizontal spout directly above you, simulating the feeling of rain. If installing a shower head like this requires more in-depth plumbing work, consider hiring help.

2.Make sure the faucet is turned off

Before replacing your shower heads, make sure the water supply is turned off. You can usually do this by turning off the water valve near the shower or in the main water supply area of your home.

3.Remove the existing shower heads

If you’re wondering how to remove an old shower head, don’t worry, it’s actually pretty simple. As a first step, secure the crescent wrench or channel lock pliers to a rag or towel, then wrap the rag or towel around the shower head fitting. (This can help you avoid scratching the metal.)

Hold the tool around the rag and turn it counterclockwise to loosen the screws that secure the shower head to the shower arm tube. Unscrew the shower head to remove it.

4.Clean shower arms

Before you begin installing a new shower head assembly, it’s often helpful to clean the plumbing fittings on the shower arm with an old toothbrush. This will remove any buildup or old debris from the duct tape that may be preventing the new shower head from being securely tightened.

5.Wrap Teflon thread sealing tape around the threads

After wiping the dirt off the shower arm fitting, wrap the threads with three turns of Teflon thread sealing tape. If done correctly, this will provide a tight and leak-proof connection when you screw on your new shower head.

6.Place replacement shower head

If you’re wondering, “Is it easy to replace a shower head?” this will be your moment of truth. When it comes to fixing your shower head, it’s usually pretty simple! Simply screw it onto the Teflon thread sealing tape and make sure the connection is tight. That’s it!

For a handheld shower head, screw the handheld shower bracket onto the shower arm on a new layer of tape. Then connect the hose to the mount and handheld nozzle. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and adjust these steps as needed for your combination shower heads!

7.Check for leaks

Finally, turn on the hot and cold water and adjust the angle of the shower head as the water comes out. If there are no leaks, everything is fine!

However, if you notice a leak, it means the connection is not completely sealed. If your shower heads has a rubber gasket, make sure it’s in place. Otherwise, check to make sure the thread sealing tape is properly wrapped around the shower arm connector.

Tips to Install a Shower Head

Shower head assembly isn’t usually that difficult, but there are some other things you may want to consider before attempting it.

1.Always read the manufacturer’s guidelines before installing a shower head.
2.Shower heads are usually standard in size, but double check any measurements before purchasing one for your particular space.
3.Some shower arms come with rubber washers, which can remove the need for teflon tape.
4.Keep the height and angle of your shower heads in mind, and make sure the one you buy will actually work well in your space.
5.Don’t ever be forceful with pipes when you untwist pieces or shift them, as this can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of pipe damage. If you need to adjust the placement of your pipe, try inserting a wrench end or screwdriver into it to provide more stability before trying to move it.

If you have read this article and have any questions, please feel free to contact IFAN. Below is our contact information:

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