Common Problems & Caring for Faucets
To avoid or mitigate low water pressure, corrosion, and hard water buildup, you should regularly clean any limescale, sediment, and debris from the faucet and its aerator. If the problem persists, you might need a plumber to look at your main water pipe. If you have a leaky faucet, you don’t necessarily need to replace it. Certain parts may need replacement or fixing. A nut, screw, or bolt might not be tightened completely or fixed. O-rings or seals may have become worn out. You can replace these yourself if you have the tools and parts, or call a plumber.
Wear problems can be the result of extended handling and use, such as a broken sprayer or another faulty mechanism. However, even new faucets can be hard to use or have faults, so it’s important to install them properly and read reviews or consult other users/experts on faucets before purchasing them. Improper installation of your faucet could cause big problems down the road, so read the instructions carefully or hire a professional. When you replace your faucets, it might be a good time to change your water heater or have it inspected. Important parts to look at are the thermocouple and control valve. Finally, faulty hoses, such as those in pull-out faucets, are susceptible to damage and problems, and should be treated with care or according to their instructions.