There are several reasons why you might need to change a shower faucet. Sometimes the faucet gets clogged or corroded by the metals in the water. Other times you want a more modern look in your bathroom and changing the fixtures are part of the upgrade. Regardless of why you are changing the faucet, you might need some guidance for actually making the switch. Usually changing the faucet is one of the easiest aspects of updating or changing your bathroom. Even so, it helps to have an idea of what the process entails.
Gather Your Tools
First start by gathering the few tools you will need. Choose a replacement faucet in an appropriate size. You will also need an adjustable wrench and plumber’s tape. Clear a few hours from your schedule (although the project might take far less time) and make sure nobody in your home needs to use the shower for a few hours.
Most showers have an access panel on the opposite side of the wall. Occasionally, there is no panel and you will need to cut into the drywall to access the plumbing. This is rare, though, so hopefully you have easy access to your panel. You will be working in the bathroom and in the room with the panel.
Turn Off the Water
Turn off the water supply using the supply valves. You can also turn off your water from the main switch in the house. Keep in mind though, turning off the household water supply means sinks and toilets will not work during the project. When turning the water off via the localized control panel, make sure you get both the hot and cold water.
Return to the bathroom. Locate the area where the faucet and pipes connect. There are usually two pipes within the shower wall. Using your wrench, unscrew the connection between the pipes and the faucet. As the faucet gets looser, use one hand to support it so it does not crash to the floor and damage your bathtub. In some cases you will need to pull the faucet from the wall and remove the nuts from the opposite side. Once this is done, there should be no resistance when you pull the faucet away from the wall.
Install the New Faucet
Now it is time to install the new faucet. Use the existing pipes and holes to guide the installation. There are instances when you need to modify your existing situation, but that is a much more complicated process. If you have limited plumbing experience, you might want to contact a professional for more extensive modifications such as this. Once the faucet is positioned on the bathroom side of the wall, you can return to the access panel. Wrap the pipes of the new faucet with plumber’s tape. Once it is stabilized, use the wrench to tighten the nuts and secure the connection.
Testing the New Faucet
Turn the water back on from the access panel or main switch, depending on where you shut it off. After the access panel area is closed, return to the bathroom. Turn on the water and let it flush the pipes and new faucet. Check for leakage. If you find any, tighten the nuts or use plumber’s tape or putty to seal the leak.