I suspect so, but at 32 years, it is much better to simply replace it.
New faucets in the $100 range, and time to replace, assuming you don't
have to solder something, or there isn't a lot of corrosion, about 1
hour of your time. I suspect that by this time, unless you are
exceptionally lucky, that it would be badly corroded, and a PITA to
take apart. Repair by replacing parts is really not an option.
Mine are 30 years old and still work good. If the
OP's work ok but just leak at the stem, then the
problem is the cartridge seal so, he needs a new
cartridge. No reason to replace the whole thing
unless it is corroded.
Most likely...the guts tend to have remained the same. Depends, of
course, on what is actually leaking and why..
As for the advice about replacing it just because it's old, disregard
that. Have a houseful of single-handle faucets that are at least that
old and they're all just fine. A new cartridge and/or the o-rings and
replacable seats takes care of the problem.
If there is some lime buildup making them somewhat difficult for
initially dissassembling them, then some hot vinegar to help dissolve
the scale will do wonders.
Hell- I couldn't get replacement parts for my *3* year old Moen
kitchen faucet. They did offer me a new faucet-- but no longer make
one with the features that I bought this one for. [single lever,
pullout with filter]
I can't find another by someone else, but I damn sure won't throw any
more money at Moen. This faucet was crap- the little rubber cover
that covers the filter on/off wore out in 2 years. Now the soft
plastic fitting that holds the base of the faucet together is worn
Won't hurt to call them, though- www.moen.com .
At that age, it probably lacks scaldguard. I have a newer Moen with
scaldguard and temperature control, where I can just dial in my favorite
temperature and it adjusts the hot/cold mixture to stay there even when
the hot water starts to run low.
I would bite the bullet and replace that old one with a newer, safer,
more useful model.
Jimmie D wrote:
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