WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SHOPPING FOR A NEW FAUCET


Be careful when purchasing a new faucet. Just like cars, they're all different.
Can you readily get parts? How long has the company been in business? etc...

"What does 'washerless' mean?"
All faucets could be 'washer less' as they come in both the single- and two-handle type. In most washer less faucets, the control of the water flow is done by a cartridge or arrangement of seals that allow water to flow when the holes or ports are lined up. The design is such that the water flow is basically sheared off. Unlike 'washer' types, extra strength of pressure on the handle will not help stop the water flow. There are many different designs of washer less cartridges. Some foreign cartridges can be very expensive. Ceramic cartridges are becoming very popular. Ceramic cartridges have been around for over 20 years. Ceramics tend to last longer than other types of cartridges but can cost a lot more when replacing. Remember, all faucets will eventually leak. There tends to be less friction and wear and tear with a "washer less" faucet compared to the older washer-type faucet.

"What should I look for when purchasing a faucet?"
You should be asking: Is it easy to get parts? Easy to repair and replace parts? Is it a true "washer less" (doesn't mean it won't leak, it will eventually anyway but is usually easier to operate and easier to repair) or not? Where is it made? What type of warranty? How long has this model been made? Does the manufacturer stand behind their products and how long has that company been in business? Is the company that you are buying the faucet from reputable and been in business long enough so that you know you can trust them?

"Why do some faucets cost so much more than others?"
Some faucets are simply made better than others with higher quality material such as solid brass, which generally provides a superior look, performance, and durability. While you may pay more for a quality faucet, you're likely to receive more value for your money as a result of longer, more reliable, trouble-free service. Paying more doesn't always mean you'll get a better value, but generally, a more expensive faucet (just like a more expensive automobile, etc) does give better and longer service. We recommend that you DO shop around once you know the exact brand and model that you want, as you can avoid paying extra for the exact same faucets if you spend time to shop. Or save time and money by buying from us right away instead of after a few hours of searching - our prices are very low and that is because of our low overhead and the fact that we have been doing this for so long.

"Seems like a faucet is a faucet... aren't most faucets about equal.. shouldn't I just buy the lowest priced ones?"
It is true that you don't always get your money's worth by paying more. On the other hand, just like cars, there are "cheap" cars and quality cars. We like to recommend that you buy quality faucets from a reputable dealer and that you shop (compare) prices on the same brand models.

"I have a hole in kitchen sink for an air gap. I'd like to use it for a faucet. Can I just by pass that air gap?"
You could, but we do not recommend that. Air gaps have an important (health safety) function and should be kept on the deck of the sink or kitchen counter.

"Do all models of kitchen faucets fit all kitchen sinks?"
That is so if you purchase a U.S. made faucet for a U.S. made sink. Sometimes, when mixing a foreign made faucet or sink there could be a problem (although rare). Standard size sink openings and faucet dimensions are used throughout the U.S. plumbing industry. Generally, the standard distance between hot and cold inlets or the mounting hardware for both single and two-handle kitchen model faucets is 8" inches. However, because there are a few exceptions, it is always a good idea to check sizes first before placing your order.

"Are all finishes durable?"
Some manufacturers have mastered some finishes with durability but for a lifetime of durability nothing beats triple plated chrome.

"Can a hose spray model be installed in a 3-hole kitchen sink?"
Sure, many faucet manufacturers offer faucets designed for one or two holes. Most common sink configurations have either 3, 4 or 5 mounting holes on the sink top. Look under the sink to determine the number of holes in your sink because the holes may be covered by an existing faucet. Also, note that once you have purchased a faucet without a sprayer that you generally can't just add a sprayer. You need to decide before you purchase a kitchen faucet whether you want a sprayer or not.

"Can I replace a two handled kitchen faucet with a single handled model?"
Absolutely. Standard-size sink openings and faucet dimensions are used throughout the U.S. plumbing industry. Generally, the standard distance between hot and cold inlets or the mounting hardware for both single and two-handled kitchen model faucets is 8" inches.

"Any helpful hints?"
All faucets will eventually leak and need servicing eventually. A good idea is to once or twice yearly, open and close all shut off valves under all faucets (if any). This will help keep them free of sediment and will allow them to be closed when needed.

How do I find out what parts are available?"
It can be helpful to find a parts breakdown for you faucet. This website (faucetcentral.com) has a lot of these diagrams.

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