How to Change a Shower Head

How to Change a Shower Head?

Changing A Shower Head

On top of service fee, most plumbers charge a call-out fee for house calls therefore, calling a plumber for every single bathroom problem you face may be extremely costly. Thankfully, many bathroom problems may be resolved without a plumber and changing a shower head is one of those bathroom issues which you can solve on your own.


When is Changing A Shower Head Required?

  1. Due to Functionality Issues

The main reason why people change their old shower head is because of functionality issues – the old shower head may not be working well anymore as it may be blocked by something inside which cannot be removed or the shower head may be constantly leaking. Hence, the most straightforward and simple solution would be to change a shower head instead of spending money on different chemicals to make it work again.

  1. For Safety Reasons

Another reason to replace a old shower head for a new one is due to safety reasons. If your old shower head is damaged in any way (e.g. pieces are falling off, or there are some cracks prevalent), it should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent any accidents.

  1. Due to Corrosion

A prolonged use of any item may lead to wear and tear and this proves the same for shower heads as well. Some materials on the shower head may corrode over time, making it necessary to replace the shower head promptly. In another scenario, there may the presence of too much calculus accumulated, which cannot be removed with any chemical substance. For both cases above-mentioned, it is definitely better (and probably much cheaper) to simply replace the old shower head with a new one.

  1. To Get A New Bathroom Look

If you are thinking of renovating your bathroom, changing your shower head together with a new shower arm and faucet together may be a good idea. When you have decided to do this and you are in the brainstorming process of ‘how to change my shower head’, the first thing you should do is identify which type of shower head you currently have and which one you want to have from now on.


Types of Shower Head

  1. Wall Mount Shower Heads

As the name suggests, these wall mount shower heads are mounted on the walls. Although there are many different manufacturers and functions of wall mount shower heads, the process of installation and replacement is very similar for all of them.

What are the tools that I need?

First of all, you should read the instructional manual provided with the new shower head you have just bought. There, you will be able to find the proper tools required for the installation or replacement. The tools usually needed are: (1) adjustable pliers; (2) adjustable wrench; and (3) thread seal tape. Also, if you are not tall enough to reach and change your shower head from the floor, you should get a stool or a ladder before installing. Do ensure that the floor is dry to avoid any possible accidents.

How long will it take?

After you have bought your desired shower head and gathered all the necessary tools needed for the installation process, you should take no longer than 3 minutes to complete the changing of your shower head.

How to change my shower head?

The steps to change your shower head are very straightforward and easy to follow. After you have confirmed that your shower is off, you should take the adjustable wrench or pliers to rotate the shower head counterclockwise until the head is loose and that you are able to remove it easily. Then, make sure the shower arm is clear before applying the thread seal tape (if required). This seal tape has to be wrapped clockwise around the threads of the shower arm before tightening the new shower head onto the shower arm. Be sure not to over tighten it. If the thread seal tape is not required, then tighten the shower head directly on the shower arm threads. If the new shower head is such that it cannot be fastened with only bare hands, you may use the adjustable wrench to put it safely in place.

What to do after we have learned how to change the shower head?

After you have finished fastening the new shower head, you should test it by turning your faucet on. If you spot any leaks, you should turn the faucet off promptly and fasten the shower head tightly by using a wrench. You should also check the rubber washer in your shower faucet as it may be damaged and cause the leaking.

If the shower head is still leaking after you have completed the above checks and you are sure that there are no issues with the faucet and the shower arm, then it is most probably an issue with the shower head that you have bought so you should contact your seller directly. Your seller will help you solve the issue by either offering you a replacement or telling you to contact the manufacturer’s customer support directly if necessary.

  1. Rainfall Shower Heads

If you happen to have a short wall mounted shower arm, but wish to have a long rainfall shower arm, you will need to replace both the shower head arm and the shower head. However, for this section, we will only look at changing the shower head.

What are the tools that I need?

To change the shower head, as mentioned earlier, you will need the adjustable pliers; a pipe wrench; and a thread seal tape or a pipe joint compound.

How long will it take?

It generally takes 3 to 5 minutes for the whole process but at the same time, it also depends on how skilled you are and whether you will be replacing the shower head arm with the shower head.

How to change my shower head?

Even though it is important to get rid of any incoming water, it is not necessary to completely shut off your water supply. After ensuring that your shower knobs are turned off completely, cover the floor with a towel or a small blanket to make sure that no parts will go down the drain.

After taking off the existing shower head, remove any dirt from the shower arm and place some of the pipe joint compound on the shower arm’s threads. Then, get the threads all lined in and screw the new head shower into the head shower arm.

What to do after we have learned how to change the shower head?

It is crucial to check that there is no leakage after changing your new shower head. Hence, after the installation of your shower head, ensure that it is securely fastened before turning your faucet on. If the water flow is as desired and there are no water leakage, then all is good. If some leaking exists, try to tighten the shower head more and if the leaking still persists, check the instructional manual for possible errors during the installation process or call your seller directly for consultation.

  1. Handheld Shower Heads

Changing a shower head is generally an easy process and it is the easiest to change handheld shower heads since they are rather loosely placed so you might not need any tool at all.

What are the tools that I need?

As mentioned previously, you may not need any tool but you should still have pipe wrench at hand and a thread seal tape to standby.

How long will it take?

Replacing a handheld shower head is simple should nothing unpredictable happens, the whole process should last no longer than 5 minutes.

How to change my shower head?

After turning the faucet off, you should take the shower arm and slowly turn the shower head counter clockwise. This will unscrew the head completely from the shower arm. After that, clean the threads of the shower arm – with some cloth or with a tooth brush – and then place some tape on the shower arm threads. After lining all the threads properly, screw the new shower head that you have bought into place on the shower arm.

What to do after we have learned how to change the shower head?

It is always necessary to check if the job was properly done and if the product you have bought is correct (i.e. the new shower head is working properly) therefore, when the installation process is finished, you should turn the water on and inspect if there is any leakage. It is also possible that the new shower head has some issues so it is better to check it as soon as possible so that you can return it to the seller for a replacement if necessary.



With that, you would realize that sometimes it’s much better and affordable to be your own plumber than to hire and pay for the professional plumber services. After learning how to change shower head, now you could also learn these following procedures – how to install a shower head with handheld, how to change a shower faucet, how to install a shower head in a bathtub, what to do if a shower head pipe broke off in wall, how to install a shower head extension arm – with easy-to-follow instructions that will help you save a lot of money. Do contact us should you have any other questions!




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