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Old 02-02-2011, 06:40 AM   #1
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15 Year Old Kitchen Faucet - Repair or Replace


Our 15 year old cartridge "washerless" faucet has begun leaking cold water out of the base of the spout. I believe the faucet was manufactured by Moen.

I am wondering if there is a general rule of thumb regarding faucets, where the age of the faucet dictates that the best way to go is to replace it rather than repair it.

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Usually depends on how hard is your water. The leak is just worn O-ring seals, easily replaced. But if you have a buildup of calcium deposits, there may be corrosion or it may be very difficult to disassemble. Then it is often better to buy new.

Moen o-ring kits are available at home/hardware stores. While it is apart, replace the cartridge. Don't forget to use some plumbers grease on all rubber parts.

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Moen's carry a lifetime warranty on there cartridge call moen and have them ship you a new cartridge.

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If you want a new faucet, this is a good excuse but I repair instead of replace when I can.
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Thanks for the replies - I ended up repairing the faucet. It took under $5, a couple of hardware store o-rings, and a pair of small springs and seats from the faucet manufacturer (turned out it is a Delta faucet).

I do have hard water, and I was surprised that there were no deposits to speak of. Everything else on the faucet is in really good shape. It appears to be built like a tank, and we still like the its looks. So after comparing the cost of a new faucet vs the minimal cost of repairs, fixing it seemed the smart way to go.
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