Posted on: 24 September 2018
Your kitchen faucet is important for many reasons. It allows you to bring in the water needed to do dishes and fill up pots, but it can also be used for a quick washing of your hands before preparing your family's meals. Unfortunately, kitchen faucets are not meant to last forever. Replacing it will be necessary at one point in time, so knowing the signs it is time to replace your fixture is smart. Here are a few surefire signs you need a new kitchen faucet.
It Is Reaching Its Estimated Lifespan
You may think your faucet is working properly, but if it is obviously old or it is reaching its estimated lifespan, it is probably time to invest in a new one.
All makes and models have different average lifespans and warranties, though, so consider consulting your faucet's manufacturer to determine if it is still covered under warranty. However, if your faucet is around 15 years of age or older, it is time for a replacement.
It Is Rusting/Corroding
Again, your faucet may look fine. It may also be working well. Unfortunately, the interior components may start to wear down and rust, eventually corroding the faucet's mechanisms and underlying plumbing lines.
This rust and corrosion may not be visible on the exterior, but you may feel it when operating your faucet. If the faucet is difficult to move or the water does not immediately turn on, you may have buildup caused by mineral deposits that can eventually rust the interior of your faucet.
Of course, visible signs of rust and corrosion are also key signs you should replace your faucet. If there is a rusty residue around certain areas of the faucet or you are noticing some of the finish is peeling/chipping away, the moisture and mineral deposits have started to corrode your fixture.
It Is Not Efficient
From washing dishes and filling pots, you would be surprised by how much water comes out of your kitchen faucet. Many of the older models of faucets are allowing more water to flow out than absolutely necessary, which is wasteful. In addition, this water waste can be costly if you have a monthly water bill.
If you have an older model, consider replacing it with a water-efficient fixture to conserve the planet's water sources while reducing your monthly water bills.
A new kitchen faucet can make your kitchen more appealing, functional, valuable, and eco-friendly. Reach out to a local plumber for help replacing your faucet.Share