How to Change a Showerhead in 3 Easy Steps
Replacing your showerhead is as simple as one, two, three.
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A few minutes
IntroductionIf you’re looking to replace your showerhead, don’t call a plumber. It’s easy to DIY.
- Slip joint pliers
- New shower head
- Teflon plumber's tape
Project step-by-step (3)
Remove the Old Showerhead
- Using a pair of plumbing pliers, remove your old showerhead by turning counterclockwise (to the left) on the coupling that connects the showerhead to the shower arm. (See photo.)
- Pro tip: Prevent scratching your new showerhead by covering the jaws of your pliers with tape.
Apply Plumber’s Tape
- Wrap the threads of the shower arm with a few rotations of plumber’s tape. (See photo.)
- Note: Some showerheads don’t require plumber’s tape. Check with the manufacturer specifications.
Install the New Showerhead
- Fit the female coupling of the new showerhead onto the threads of the shower arm, then hand-tighten, turning it clockwise (to the right).
- Tighten the showerhead coupling another quarter-turn using a pair of plumbing pliers. (See photo.)
- Turn on the shower and check for leaks.