A bathroom faucet can last for about 15 years if properly maintained and cleaned.
You can check with your manufacturer to figure out the lifespan of your bathroom faucet by looking up the model number on their website or in the user manual.
Tip: You should also check any piping or water supply issues to ensure there aren’t any other plumbing problems apart from the faucet itself.
How to Care for Your Bathroom Faucets
Bathroom faucets need care and maintenance from time to time to prolong their service life.
Cleaning your faucets doesn’t need to be complicated, but it requires diligence and effort.
You can start by rinsing your bathroom faucet with just a splash of clear water and drying it with a soft cloth.
Remember, you don’t need to scrub your faucet surface very hard.
Another tip is to avoid using soaps, polish, acids, abrasive tools, or harsh cleaning solutions.
Rough cloths can also wear down your faucet finish and lose its coating.
How Do I Know If My Faucet Needs To Be Replaced?
Replacing your bathroom faucets will depend on several factors. Here are the signs why:
#1. Leaking or dripping faucet
Water dripping and leaking out of your bathroom faucet is one of the most obvious signs that you already need a replacement.
If left unreplaced or unfixed, a small leak can worsen and that means extra costs to your bills.
What’s worse, faucet leaks cause wood rot or trigger the development of mold in your bathroom.
#2. Low water pressure
Low water pressure from your bathroom faucets is characterized by a decrease in water coming out of your faucet.
This can be a general water supply issue in your area.
However, this is also most likely a result of corrosion or hard water accumulation in the pipes or in the faucet itself.
Cleaning or repairing your faucet at this stage can be difficult due to the buildup or corrosion. So, it’s best to replace it and install a new unit.
#3. Unpleasant water smell and taste
Old faucets can cause an unpleasant smell and taste in your water.
While this can be a piping issue, be sure to assess all water access in your house.
If your bathroom is the only part of the house that has smelly water, then it has something to do with your faucet.
Act immediately as this could lead to health risks.
Better yet call your plumbing service for a faucet replacement.
Bathroom Faucet FAQs
Why would a bathroom faucet stop working?
Bathroom faucets that have stopped working can be due to water supply or piping issues.
However, it could also be a faulty product, an obstruction, or a mineral buildup if no water is coming out of your faucet.
Is it worth repairing a faucet?
It can be worth repairing your faucet if the damage is only minimal.
However, the cost of frequent repairs will become unreasonable compared to the cost of replacing your faucet.
Some faucets may become so faulty that a repair is impossible.