How to Change a Showerhead

1-2 hours

Learn how to install a new showerhead for a refreshing bathroom update

New showerheads can help lessen the amount of water you use and save money on your water bill. This guide shows you how to install three different kinds of showerheads: fixed-mount, hand-held, and fixed-mount, hand-held models combination models, also known as a dual showerhead.

What You Need

Steps

1
BEFORE THE INSTALLATION
Remove old showerhead - Installing New Showerhead

• Before installing a new showerhead, you'll first need to remove the old one.
• Try turning the shower head by hand counter-clockwise to remove it. If you can remove it by hand, proceed to Step 2. If not, keep reading for instructions on how to remove a shower head.
• Wrap the jaws of slip-joint pliers with electrical tape or place a towel around the shower arm to protect the finish, and then grip the shower arm with the pliers.
• Use an adjustable wrench to loosen and unscrew the old showerhead.
• Clean off any rust or mineral deposits, old tape or leftover sealant on the shower arm threads.
• Wrap Teflon tape in a clockwise direction two or three times around the threads of the shower arm.
• Press the tape into the threads.

2
HOW TO INSTALL a fixed showerhead
Fixed-mount showerhead - Installing New Showerhead

• Screw the showerhead replacement onto the shower arm in a clockwise direction and tighten.
• Turn on the water and check for leaks.
• If leaks occur, wrap with Teflon tape and carefully tighten with an adjustable wrench until there are no leaks.                 

Tip: for help choosing the right showerhead for your bathroom, see our buying guide. Popular options include rain showerheads and multi-spray pattern varieties.

3
HOW TO INSTALL a hand-held showerhead
Hand-held showerhead - Installing New Showerhead

• Screw the hand-held shower mount onto the shower arm and hand-tighten.
• Connect the flexible shower hose to the mount and to the hand-held shower. Hand tighten the connections.
• Place the hand-held showerhead in the mount.
• Turn on the water and check for leaks.
• If leaks occur, apply Teflon tape and carefully tighten with an adjustable wrench until there are no leaks.

4
HOW TO INSTALL a COMBO fixed-mount AND hand-held showerhead
Fixed-mount hand-held showerhead - Installing New Showerhead

• Attach the diverter that routes water to the shower head to the shower arm and hand-tighten.
• Screw the fixed-mount showerhead onto the end of the diverter in a clockwise direction and hand-tighten.
• Attach the hand-held unit mount to the shower per the manufacturer’s directions.
• Connect the flexible shower hose to the diverter and to the hand-held shower. Hand-tighten the connections.
• Place the hand-held shower in the mount.
• Turn on the water and divert water from the fixed to the hand-held unit and check for leaks.
• If leaks occur, apply Teflon tape and carefully tighten with an adjustable wrench until there are no leaks.