Stop losing sleep over whether to fix or ditch your faulty bathroom or kitchen sink faucet.
You’ve cranked the handle on your bathroom or kitchen sink faucet as far as you can without breaking it off, but the leaking just won’t stop. You don’t know whether it’s time to repair it or time to replace the whole thing. What you do know is the leaking has to stop.
So, how much does it cost to replace a bathroom or kitchen sink faucet?
Installing a basic sink faucet on average will cost between $200 to $350 for labor and installation materials, however the faucet could cost a few hundred dollars.
Artisan Plumbing Heating & Cooling charges between $200 to $250 to install a new faucet. Homeowners can find faucets for $50 at a hardware store, but a quality product — such as faucets from Delta, Moen or Kohler — costs around $150 - $200.
That’s for something that’s going to last, on average 8 - 10 years!
How long does it take to repair a sink faucet?
Repairing a bathroom or kitchen faucet usually takes 60 to 120 minutes, once your plumber obtains the correct parts.
The most common problem is a faulty stem for single handle faucets or faulty stems for multi-handle faucets. This causes leaking around the handles and improperly mixes cold and hot water together.
Replacement stems average $60 each, but cartridges can range from $60 to $150. However, manufacturers will supply replacement parts for newer faucets. Moen, Kohler, and Delta will guarantee their faucets for life. So, you can wait for the manufacturer to send them for free!
Is repairing a faucet worth the expense?
For a run-of-the-mill lavatory faucet, the answer is probably no. But repairing a high-end Kohler or Hansgrohe sink faucet usually makes sense.
We have installed faucets that cost upwards of $1,000 just for one faucet! So, if that faucet were to break, it would be in your best interest to repair it.
Keep in mind, a faucet usually lasts 10 years, but at eight years it can begin to give you problems.
So, when you're lying in bed tonight trying to decide if you should repair or replace it, consider this, if your faucet is 8 years or older it's best to replace or you will be spending more than half the cost of a new one; for something that may not last much longer.