Faucets aren’t built to last forever. By replacing your plumbing fixtures at the right time, you can increase efficiency and reduce the pain of not having a working faucet. Here are a few signs that indicate it might be time for a replacement:
Mineral Deposits: Occasionally, check your faucet for signs of mineral buildup. You’ll notice the buildup inside and around the fixture (it frequently looks like old toothpaste buildup). Constantly processing hard water makes these buildups unavoidable in your faucets and other appliances. These deposits can often lead to significant damage if left unchecked. Over time, the deposits will affect the finish, flanges, gasket, metal, and filters within the faucet.
Rust: Does your faucet handle stick or crack when you try to move it? Does it take a few seconds for water to come out when you turn it on? These are signs of internal rusting and corrosion. Rust builds up internally before it becomes visible. The most common external places to find it will be around the faucet and spigot. If rust and corrosion is left alone, your faucet becomes more leak-prone and less effective as time goes on. Once your faucet starts breaking down, there isn’t much you can do to fix it except replace it.
Leaks: Sometimes, it’s possible to fix a leaky faucet by replacing the cartridge inside the handle assembly. Other times, that won’t be enough. If your faucet keeps leaking after you’ve attempted to fix it once or twice, it may be time to replace it. It’s not worth wasting money trying to fix a faucet when it’s much easier to replace the entire fixture. Not only is a leaky faucet annoying, but constant leaking could also lead to mold growth. Often times replacing a faucet altogether
Age (it’s getting really, really old): A good rule of thumb for replacing any appliance is by its age. Most generally last for 15-20 years. If yours is nearing the end of its lifespan, it might be time to consider a replacement. Finding the manufacturer information can help you diagnose the type of faucet you have, along with its lifespan. Older faucets can waste a lot of water, running anywhere from 3-5 gallons per minute (gpm). If you’re trying to cut down utility costs, modern faucets don’t run any more than 2.5 gpm.