Why Faucet Cartridges Need to be Replaced

What Happens to Cartridges Over Time?

Over time, faucet cartridges experience wear and tear, corrosion, and become coated with mineral deposits. This results in improper functioning.

New Cartridge

Used Cartridge

Common Indicators That You Should Replace a Hot or Cold Cartridge

If your faucet is more than several years old and you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you most likely need to replace one or both of the cartridges.

  • Water leaks when handle is in off position
  • Faucet handle is difficult to turn

Should You Replace One Cartridge or Both the Hot and Cold Cartridges?

If either the hot or cold cartridge needs to replaced, it is recommended that you replace both cartridges at the same time, because the other cartridge will likely fail in the near future. This will save you labor cost and give you many years of hassle-free use.

Common Indicators That You Should Replace a Thermostatic Cartridge

If you have a thermostatic shower system which is more than several years old and you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you most likely need to replace the thermostatic mixing cartridge.

  • Proper water temperature is not maintained
  • Water is not hot enough

How to Replace a Cartridge