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    Default Faucet cartridge longevity

    I used to install and repair sink faucets with rubber or silicone washers that wore out after several years. Then I installed some single-handle faucets that incorporate cartridges. I wonder about the expected lifespan.

    Eight years ago, I installed a Kraus single-handle faucet at a bathroom sink. A few years ago, it started to leak, and I replaced the cartridge. It's started to leak again. There are only two of us, and this is not the only bathroom we use.

    Is this reasonable longevity?

    I'm trying to decide whether to replace the cartridge again, swap it out for a Moen single-handle faucet, or go back to the washer type. What are your thoughts/experiences?

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    Default Re: Faucet cartridge longevity

    I haven't heard of Kraus before, is it a 'builder's line brand, a mid-level, or higher quality brand?

    Of course, keeping in mind that many brands have different price lrvel/quality faucets.

    I prefer Moen and Delta, but have had excellent results with dome other brands too.

    Delta has, at least for all the Delra faucets I've had, had lifetime warranty on their parts, including sprayers (like at kitchen faucets).

    Hard to beat a lifetime warranty. And, yes, Delta has always sent replacement parts when they were needed.

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    Default Re: Faucet cartridge longevity

    Thanks, Jerry.

    Kraus is priced between Delta and Moen. I believe they claim U.S. manufacture, like Moen, but offer a five-year warranty, rather than lifetime. I'm a bit more concerned with reliability than with warranty terms; I also like the idea of buying products whose manufacture may, I recognize it's just may, be kinder to the factory workers and environment than I expect in China.


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    Default Re: Faucet cartridge longevity

    Quote Originally Posted by david shapiro View Post
    I'm a bit more concerned with reliability than with warranty terms;
    David, I agree, however, nothing lasts forever, and knowing that a product has a company who will stand behind their product is very worthwhile.

    The kitchen faucet in the house we had in Ormond Beach, FL, was put in in 2006 when we bought the house and remodeled the kitchen. Between 2006 and 2021 when we sold the house and moved to Asheville, NC, I had to replace the cartridge once and the hand-held sprayer once, both replaced under their lifetime warranty. Both were simple for me to replace.

    I think that is a very good lifespan of use.

    That said, though, the tub/shower valves in both bathrooms were the old Moen Moentrol types originally installed in 1979. I have no idea of their life between 1979 and 2006, but between 2006 and 2021 I replaced both cartridges once. I have always been a fan of those old Moentrol faucets as they were well made and long-lasting. They were also very easy to replace the cartridge in them.

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    Default Re: Faucet cartridge longevity

    Most cartridges last for many years, maybe that model uses lesser quality materials or poor factory standards. Maybe the water quality is a bit off.

    Moen offers lifetime parts (call them and they send the new part for free), and other fixture manufactures do that as well.

    I recently replaced a cartridge in a 5-year-old American Standard bath faucet, gets heavy daily use.

    I wouldn't think you'd want to buy (if you could) a faucet with rubber washers & seats in today's world.


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    Default Re: Faucet cartridge longevity

    Thanks, Jerry, Dom.


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    Default Re: Faucet cartridge longevity

    The denouement, with additional details:

    I will be replacing the ~8 y.o. Kraus faucet with a Moen. Nowadays some Moen faucets are manufactured in the U.S., some assembled here. Some have lifetime warranties for the original owner, some far more limited.

    Here's why:

    I really wanted to give cartridge replacement a shot, partly because I will need to unscrew a tilt-out drawer to undo the faucet, and partly out of perverse, cognitive-dissonance commitment: it took forever for me to figure out which allen wrench I needed, as the cartridge access faces the backsplash. However, once I got it out, I realized it just was not worth replacing. Kraus no longer supports this model, and I can get a Moen for little more than the price of an aftermarket cartridge that should fit. Kraus did generously offer to sell me a current model, at discount--with a genuine five-year warranty! I demurred politely.

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    Default Re: Faucet cartridge longevity

    Thanks for the update.

    It will likely be a good decision, even if the faucet you select has a shorter than 5 year warranty, as Moen parts are still available for 40 year old (or more) fixtures.

    (FWIW, my brother called Moen very recently for a 10 year old +/- kitchen faucet problem, they shipped the parts out free.)


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