How to Decide Whether to Repair or Replace Your Leaky Faucet?

How to Decide Whether to Repair or Replace Your Leaky Faucet?
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    Deciding whether to replace an old accessory or repairing it can be tricky, especially if you don't know the full extent of the problem.

    Leaky faucets are the kind of problem that needs immediate fixing.

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From increasing utility bills to interior damage, they can cause huge problems.

However, deciding between faucet replacement and repair is not an easy decision, only your plumber can decide on it. But certain factors can help you to decide on replacing or repairing the problematic faucet.

When to Repair a Faucet:

Many faucet types and models can be repaired and in most cases, a little repair is all you need. Faucets are durable objects, proper care, and regular maintenance can prevent damages.

Following are some issues that might only need repairing in a leaky faucet.

  • Type of Faucet:

    There are different types of faucets depending on their usage and the place where they are installed.

    Ball faucets are the more common types installed in homes. They have several different parts that can need repairing when a problem occurs.

  • Leaking/Dripping:

    Before deciding on replacing the faucet, check the extent of the leak. In most cases, replacing the head or the circular ring in the faucet is all it needs. Be sure to check this factor before making a decision.

  • Handle Problem:

    Most of the problems with a faucet are with its handle. A loose or squeaky handle is a common issue with faucets. Applying grease or replacing the effective part is the only solution in this regard. The best part, you can do it yourself without calling a plumber.

When to Replace it:

Faucets are surprisingly expensive especially the luxury and branded ones. That’s why most consider repairing than replacing. Durable ones have a life span between 15-20 years but eventually, they need to be replaced.

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You can make a better decision on its replacement by going through the following:

  • No. of Repairs:

    If the frequency of repairs has been steadily growing, then it’s a good indication that the faucet needs replacement. Constant repairing can cost more than a new faucet, so it’s a wise decision to replace rather than repair it again.

  • More Efficiency:

    Want to lower your utility bills? Older faucet models are notorious for wasting water. If you want to lower your bills, then replacing an older faucet with a new and efficient one is the right choice.

  • Aging:

    Faucets are durable but they do come with an expiry date. If your faucet has completed its age, then replacing it is the only option. Repairing it might seem like a cheap solution but there are no guarantees that the repairs will hold.

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  • Damage to the Sink:

    If there are damages to your sink, then the faucet might also be replaced. It doesn’t matter if it’s broken or not, if the sink needs repairing chances are the faucet will be completely replaced.

Leaky faucets can be a nuisance. If you don’t know a thing about them, deciding on repairing or replacing them can be a headache. Take help from some of the points above.

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