I think my kitchen faucet is broken. When i turn the hot water knob on,
there a weird squeaking noise and it doesn't turn smoothly. Indeed, when i
turn the hot water knob, i can feel the valve underlying the knob snap, at
which point the hot water flow is abruptly changed. Moreover, i can't cut
off the hot water completely, cause when i turn and set the hot water knob
in the closed position, the water is still running. The cold water knob is
also starting to show some weird behavior (doesn't completely cut off the
cold water flow when closed...).
As you can see, something is not right.
I'm considering changing my faucet assembly this week-end.
I was wondering if:
- i have to change everything, or just some underlying part of the faucet
- are faucet assemblies of standard dimensions?
- if i do change the whole thing, do i have to apply some sort of
waterproofing material (such as silicon) on parts of the new faucet, or do i
simply need to take the old faucet out and screw the new one in?
- are new faucet assemblies expensive? i mean, around how much does the most
basic one cost?