Leaky Faucet: Repair or Replace?
Did you know the average family uses about 140 gallons of water each day? That number is even higher when you have a leak on your hands. If you’re racking your brain trying to figure out whether to fix or ditch your leaky faucet, you may want to consider these tips.
When to Repair A Leaky Faucet:
Higher-than-usual utility bills:
It can be easy to overlook a dripping faucet – until you get that utility bill in the mail – and it becomes impossible to ignore. Even though a dripping faucet seems like a minor issue, it can waste thousands of gallons of water each year.
This is usually a sign that an internal part of your faucet is wearing down or failing. A lot of times, simple leaks and drips are repairable. If you have a leak occurring under the handle, your faucet is dripping, or you’re experience a mixture of hot and cold water, it may be time to call a plumber for a repair.
Inconsistent Water Flow:
If you’re noticing irregular water flow, that could be an indication of internal damage. The stream of water should be consistent. If you’re noticing the water flow is uneven and going in different directions, this could mean the aerator is clogged.
Low Water Pressure:
Have you noticed a decrease in your water pressure? This is a sign of a blockage somewhere in your pipes. Not only should your water flow be constant, but your water pressure should be too. If it’s not, enlist the help of your local plumber!
When to Replace A Leaky Faucet:
If your faucet is nearing the end of its useful life, which is around 10-15 years, it may be time to consider a replacement. The older your faucet gets, the more likely it is to require additional repairs in the future – with no guarantee of long-lasting performance.
You’ll want to take into consideration how much your faucet is worth and how much it will cost to repair or replace. If you have a high-end faucet that you spent a lot of money on, it may be worth looking into repairs first. However, if you have a simple, outdated faucet, a replacement may be worth the expense and save you money in the long run.
Are you frequently having to repair your faucet? If it experiences frequent issues, consider a replacement. The cost of frequent repairs will start to add up. Replacing the faucet entirely could be the more cost-effective option.
Older faucets are less efficient than the newer models and have a tendency of wasting more water. Modern faucets run more efficiently, keeping your energy costs down.
Need Help With Your Faucet? Call The Pros at Action Air!
There are several factors to consider when deciding if you should repair or replace your faucet – and we can help! Whether you need a repair or a replacement, we’ve got you covered! Just schedule an appointment online and we’ll have someone come out to your home to diagnose the issue and get it fixed.