How long should one last? I'm not sure how old ours is. We bought this
house almost 10 years ago. I have replaced the faucet since, perhaps 8
years ago. Not really sure. Began having problems with the faucet about 2
years after it was put in. The ring (appears decorative) around the sprayer
came totally loose. Then the sprayer began sticking in the on position.
Now it has gotten to the point of being severe. So much so that I am afraid
to use the sprayer.
The plumber charged me $250 for the faucet plus installation. I think he
ripped me off. I think it is some low end piece of crap. I will use Mr.
Handyman next time if I can wait that long. Won't call him until I have a
list of things to do because it does cost me $250 just to get him in the
But... How long should a faucet normally last?
How long it should last is also a function of your water quality. A
sediment filter greatly changed how long the inside guts lasted in mine
from 6 months to over 20 years.
Stick with better brands like Delta, Moen, Kohler, and avoid cheap store
The sprayer is easily replaced by any competent DIYer if you know one.
I still don't get it. Is it faucet or spray head and hose(repelacement
kit available at HW stores) I had one problem with diverter valve for
the spray head which was cheap plastic. I replaced it with bronze piece,
no more problem since.
For the time being, there is repair kit for that too. springs, o rings,
etc. It will buy you good amount of time. Shut the water off, take the
faucet apart repalce worn parts, done in half an hour. All you need is
basic hand tools.
There are a zillion "how to" videos on Youtube....you even have your
choice of a clean-cut professional plumber or a homeowner in a dirty
t-shirt who cusses a lot. Videos often get down to brand-specific help,
and it is worth the time to learn the simple stuff. If you live in a
house or apartment, you need to know how to maintain stuff.
As for the sprayer hose hooking onto the shut-off valve (I think they
all do that), I got a section of pvc pipe, taped (or glued? I don't
remember) it against the wall with the valve inside....it sticks out far
enough that the hose can't reach to loop around it. There are probably
better ways of doing it, like setting a jar of sand in front of the
valve. Good luck in your plumbing endeavors ;O)
On Saturday, April 19, 2014 2:37:57 AM UTC-7, Julie Bove wrote:
There's a brand sold only by plumbers, and apparently the
parts are available only to plumbers, to make customers
dependent on plumbers. So always ask any contractor for
the brand and model of anything they'll install.
What Ed said about the brands. Also good are Price-Pfister
and American Standard, but Price-Pfister's warranty makes
you pay about $5-7 shipping for parts. Moen faucets
tighten up as they age, and after 5-10 years they may
become too tight for people with arthritis to operate them,
but replacing the cartridge fixes this. Companies that
offer lifetime warranties on their faucets tend to provide
very good customer service, an exception being Glacier Bay.
Avoid Glacier Bay. Also you may want to check the cost and
availability of accessories, like hoses and spray nozzles,
in case those are excluded from the lifetime warranty.
If you don't want corrosion, get a faucet made of stainless
steel, but faucets made of brass or base metal plated
with chrome or nickel are also good. Avoid plated plastic
because the chrome separates from the plastic, and then
the copper under the chrome corrodes. Still, even here
in Phoenix, where the water is rock hard (so hard I once
had to toss out an old stainless steel cooking pot because
a pinhole had formed from corrosion), the plating on
plastic faucets tends to hold up for at least 4-5 years.
Delta has basically 2 grades of faucets: cheaper ones
that use Delrin plastic cup seals, and more expensive
faucets with ceramic cartridge seals (actually ceramic
coated with semi-diamond). Some people don't like the
Delrin ones, but we've had few problems with them.
However use only genuine Delta/Peerless replacement
parts because a neighbor tried Walmart store brand
Delrin seals, and they kept leaking in 6 months.
What reviews said Delta was bad? Were they valid
reviews, where the author went into detail, or were
they just "it sucks"/"it rocks" reviews?
Lots of YouTube videos show how to fix or install
faucets, and some faucets are even designed to be
installed without any tools.
On 4/20/2014 6:55 PM, email@example.com wrote:
That comment surprised me as I've not seen any real problems with Delta.
I just completed a down to the walls re-do of one bathroom and now doing
the second one. We chose Kohler faucets and valve, diverters, but the
plumbing house recommended Delta for the hand held and rain can head.
We're very happy with the performance of it all.
My hand held is the standard shower massage one. Can't remember the brand
now but it was one of the first ones. I did manage to install it myself.
Some guy told me to get the plastic one as it was easy to do. It was. I
Faucets come in a range of prices and quality.
You can pay a lot more than $250 on just the faucet.
Hoses and spray heads don't last as long as the faucet body
14 years and I recently replaced the stainless steel clad hose.
Really a very simple job if you can screw and unscrew things.
The part cost $45.
The sprayer is due for replacement soon, I get dripping out of
the spray nozzles without the button being depressed.
The sprayer head is simple to replace too.
The part cost for that is $87.
Mine have lasted less than 10 years and they were all Moens.
Kitchen faucet is probably most used one in the house.
I had replaced a couple myself in my younger years but now with bifocals
and stiff neck use a plumber and your charge seems about right.
| How long should one last?
| Began having problems with the faucet about 2
| years after it was put in.
There are differences in faucets, but there are
also differences in the people using them. If someone
in the house is rough with the faucet, yanking the
hose without paying attention, or treating the handle
as an on/off switch, that can make a difference.
(I once had a landlord whose electric
appliances were all broken. Whenever he got impatient
with the appliance's performance he'd break something
off to "punish it". Even his Apple computer was missing
much of its face. :)
Many faucets will come with a weight to attach to
the middle of the hose, so that it will hang easily under
the sink. Whether you have that or not, you need to
arrange things so that the hose does not catch on things
in the cabinet.
In general I think the quality difference is more in the
model and cost these days than in the brand. HD
and Lowes carry most popular brands. They seem
to make deals on items of all kinds, often contracting
for models that don't exist elsewhere. The brands they carry
are respectable brands, but that doesn't necessarily mean
the HD models are top quality. What I've noticed
myself is that all of their faucets have been severely
downgraded over the years. As with much other hardware,
the makers try to find ways to replace metal with plastic.
Only 10 years ago a typical faucet base would be chrome
plated metal and the connectors would be thick copper
tubing with threaded ends to fit supply hoses. Now much
of the faucet is plastic with "chrome" paint. The connectors
are either shockingly thin copper tube or plastic hoses.
The sprayer connector itself is a chintzy plastic fitting
rather than threaded brass. I don't know how that compares
to stock from a plumbing supply, but a plumber should know
| The plumber charged me $250 for the faucet plus installation. I think he
| ripped me off. I think it is some low end piece of crap. I will use Mr.
| Handyman next time if I can wait that long.
$250 for a plumber to replace a faucet is cheap
where I live. Undoubtedly the faucet was cheap.
Did you tell the plumber you wanted the best, regardless
of cost? He/she may have guessed that you valued low
If you're going to call someone else
next time, who will then buy the faucet at HD or Lowes,
you're going to get another cheap faucet. (Not
necessarily a bad one, but a cheap one.) HD and
Lowes don't specialize in high quality of anything,
in my experience. That's not to say that all of their
stuff is junk, but they're retailers first, and most of
their customers have limited expertise while they're
looking for a cheap price.
If anyone really has the experience to know the
quality difference between models it will be a plumber.
I think you'd be better off finding a plumber who you
trust. While you're at it, ask him or her why the old
faucet wore out. The plumber will likely have a much
better idea than a bunch of people in a newsgroup who
are guessing based on very little information.
Hmmm... No weight on mine and I can't really rearrange the knobs down there
which is what it is getting caught on. The old one never did tat.
It wasn't $250 to replace. It wa $250 plus installation. There is no way
that this is a $250 faucet! He also put one in the garage. Told me he had
one he would get me a deal on but charged $250 for that too and no sprayer.
It's just a cheap utility sink. That particular plumbing company also
charged me $250 plus installation to replace what was perhaps a $12 toilet
part. I got another guy to intall a whole new toilet for slightly less than
that! Which is why I don't want to use them unless it is in emergency. I
have tried three different plumbing companies. All seem to do shoddy work
in that I have to keep calling them back again and again for the same thing.
At least with Mr. Handyman, if the job wasn't done right, he comes back and
puts it right and doesn't charge me again.
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