One of the most common plumbing fixtures that homeowners use, but don't think about too often, are their faucets. In fact, if you’re like most people, the only time you really put any consideration towards your faucets is when they start to leak or malfunction.
If that happens, you’ll have to make a very important decision: repair the problem or replace your fixture entirely? In order to make the best choice, there are a few things to consider.
Repair Your Faucet If:
It’s Less Than Eight Years Old
On average, a faucet should last around 10 years, but after eight years is when it might start to experience problems. If your faucet is only a few years old, a repair should often do the trick.
The Fixture was Expensive
With all of the “bells and whistles,” certain types of faucets these days could cost a small fortune when you purchase them at your local home improvement store. Since we doubt you would want to spend that amount of money again soon, it’s often better to make repairs to the fixture then replace it entirely; it will be cheaper for the time being.
Replace Your Faucet If:
It’s Over 10 Years Old
As we said, the average faucet is only meant to last around 10 years. If your fixture has already passed that milestone, you’re better off replacing it to avoid future problems.
The Repair is Expensive
Sometimes, a repair can cost more than the faucet itself. If this is the case, you may want to consider replacing the entire fixture rather than repairing a small component.
It Looks Worn Out
If your faucet is scratched, chipped, or looks worn out, then there aren’t many repairs that can fix its appearance, replace the fixture instead.
You Want Better Efficiency
Modern faucets are much more efficient than older models and typically are better at conserving water. If you’re looking to lower your water bill, swap out your old fixture for a newer one.
Whether you’re repairing or replacing a bathroom or kitchen faucet, you should always have a professional plumber do the job to ensure things are done right. The expert plumbers at Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electric are here to provide you with the best service in the industry. Call us today to schedule a service!