Knowing when to Fix or Replace a Leaky Faucet

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Blog Highlights:

  • Many homeowners keep on wondering whether they should have their faucet repaired or replaced
  • Replacing faucets can cost as much as $300 for both labor and materials
  • Depending on the quality of the faucet, you can buy ones that are $50 or you can buy ones that cost as much as $200
  • The most common cause for leaks are broken stems for single or multi-handle faucets
  • Many quality faucets are guaranteed for life and you can ask the manufacturer for their replacement parts
  • Some faucets can cost more than a thousand dollars and fixing them would cost less than having them replaced

When it comes to leaky faucets, one should stop wondering and start knowing when to fix them, or when to replace them

Oftentimes, we notice leaks on faucets only when we try to close them as tightly as possible but the water still keeps on dripping. At that point, you know that the leaking has to be stopped, but many homeowners would wonder whether it just needs a bit of fixing, or if you would need to replace everything.

Here are what the plumbing experts have to say.

How much to replace?

Plumbing experts say that it can cost as much as $300 to replace a sink faucet. This includes the labor, as well as the materials. The faucet itself would cost around a few hundred dollars depending on the material.

According to some general managers who are in the plumbing business, they say that they usually charge around a few hundred dollars just for the labor. Homeowners can opt to buy $50 faucets at the hardware store, and they can also opt for high-end ones which will cost around $200.

This cost however, is for something that can last up to a decade.

How long does it take to replace?

Plumbers say that replacing a faucet can take anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour for as long as the plumber can work properly and for as long as the plumber has the correct parts.

According to experts, the most common problems that the plumber will encounter are a faulty stem for either single handle faucets or multi-handle faucets. Faulty stems will typically cause leaking near the handles and it will also cause both hot and cold water to combine.

Stems can cost as much as $40 each, the cartridges however, can cost anywhere from $40 to a few hundred dollars depending on the quality. There are manufacturers however, who can supply replacement parts for those who have nicer faucets.

Professional plumbers also say that quality faucets are basically guaranteed for life. If they need replacement parts, you can ask the manufacturer to send them to you for a small price or for free.

Is repairing a better alternative?

Experts say that for the average faucet, it might be best not to try to repair them. For high-end ones on the other hand, you need to make the effort to replace them so you can avoid overspending and so you can preserve the beauty of your sink and lavatories.

Some plumbers say that they have seen faucets that cost thousands of dollars, and if they get broken, it might be wiser to have them repaired rather than replaced.

So for those who don’t know when to repair or replace faucets, here is what you need to remember. Good faucets are made to last for 10 years, but sometimes, they can begin to have problems during the 8th year. Replace the faucet that is almost a decade old or older as chances are, you will be spending more to repair them, than to have them replaced.

Have you dealt with faucet repairs and replacements in the past? Tell us more about your experience in the comments section below!

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