Your kitchen faucet works harder than most appliances in your home. It is one of the few things you likely use every day. So if it is not working correctly, it can cause serious issues. We have compiled a list of signs that may indicate it is time to replace your kitchen faucet. You can save time, money, and hassle by taking action before you require emergency plumbing services.
You Can See Visible Mineral Deposits
As time goes on, mineral deposits can buildup inside your faucet. This results in it working less than perfectly. It may look like old toothpaste that’s built up around the base of your fixture and around the spigot itself. If you have hardwater then these buildups are simply going to happen. Note that anything you see outside is also happening inside – to the gasket, filters, and flanges in your faucet. It is also likely affecting your other appliances that use water.
The best way to prevent these issues in the future is to have a water softener installed. It will get rid of the minerals that cause these stains. In the meantime, by the time your faucet has been stained from these deposits, it is likely time to get it replaced. Remember that even if you can get the surface stains off, there are likely issues inside the workings as well.
Your Kitchen Faucet is Very Old
How long your kitchen faucet is likely to last will depend on the make and model. To figure this out, you may be able to find the model number on the back or under the spout. In some cases, the name of the manufacturer will be there too. However, many manufacturers do not have anything on the faucet that determines how they are.
If you are able to find the manufacturer information, then you may be able to find the type of faucet it is. If you can figure out how old it is, and it is more than 15 years old, then it is time to replace it. If you cannot determine its age then move on to the next step.
It’s gotten rusty.
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. Once your faucet starts breaking down, there isn’t much you can do to fix it except replacing it.
Rust builds up internally before it becomes visible. The most common external places to find it will be around the base and spigot. If rust and corrosion is left alone, your faucet only more leak-prone and less effective as time goes on.
It keeps leaking no matter how many times you try to fix it.
Sometimes, it’s possible to fix a leaky faucet by replacing the cartridge inside the handle assembly. Sometimes, however, that won’t be enough. If your faucet keeps leaking after you’ve attempted to fix it once or twice, it’s time to replace it.
It’s not worth wasting money trying to fix a faucet when it’s much easier to replace the entire apparatus. Not only is a leaky faucet annoying, but constant leaking could also lead to mold growth. Often, replacing a faucet altogether will end up saving you more money than attempting a temporary repair.