How to Remove an Old Shower Head

Do-It-Yourself in 1, 2, or 3 Easy Steps!

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Most shower heads simply screw onto the threaded end of the shower pipe. Removing the shower head is really as easy as unscrewing this connection!

To remove your old shower head, first try by hand (see Step 1). If that doesn't work, try the next step. You may need to perform all 3 steps if your shower head is really stuck onto the shower pipe.

Step 1: Remove the Old Shower Head By Hand

Supplies: None

  • Grip the shower head or the connecting nut, depending on the design of your old shower head.
  • Turn counterclockwise to unscrew and remove the old shower head.
  • If you need more leverage, hold the shower pipe with your other hand as you turn. (Take care not to bend or move the shower pipe.)

Remove old shower head by hand


Step 2: Use Adjustable Pliers or Wrench

If you can't remove the shower head by hand, you'll need a few basic supplies.

Supplies: Adjustable pliers or wrench, cloth rag

  • Cover the adjustable pliers or wrench with the cloth rag to protect the fitting and place over the connecting nut.
  • Tighten the pliers or wrench as needed to grip the connection.
  • Turn counterclockwise to unscrew and remove the old shower head.

Step 3: Clean a Stuck Shower Head With Vinegar

If the old shower head is still stuck, it may have mineral deposits that need to be loosened.

Supplies: White vinegar, plastic bag to fit over connection fitting, large rubber band or duct tape

  • Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and fasten over the stuck fitting.
  • Wait several hours or overnight.
  • Remove the plastic bag and return to Step 2 to remove the old shower head.

After you successfully remove the old shower head, clean any remaining plumber's tape or residue off of the shower pipe threads.

Now you are ready to install a new shower head!