Published at Monday, September 03rd, 2018 - 01:22:14 AM. Faucet. By Emma Beck.
When you stray from Moen and Delta you enter a wilderness of proprietary parts that can be hard to find and expensive as well as more difficult to repair. Picture your kitchen sink faucet out of commission while you wait for a part made in Germany. It happens and it happens much too often. European faucets and some manufactures such as Kohler and American Standard may have great faucet styles but finding a needed part can be tough. You probably will not find those parts hanging on the walls of most suppliers because they have limited supply and distribution. A good question to ask is, "Does this faucet have parts commonly available at most suppliers?" Be sure to take the time to confirm that your salesperson has given you correct information: get a second opinion.
Most homeowners think of form first but let‘s focus on the practical. After all, you do not want to be calling the plumber every month to repair your faucet if you can avoid it. One critical issue is parts availability. Are parts readily available for the faucet? Will those parts be available in five years? In ten? Two faucets commonly have parts that you can find at nearly every parts house: Moen and Delta. Both have a wide variety of styles available and this is usually, but not always, a plus. It is a good because you can find a faucet to fit most decor. It can be trouble, though, because styles come and go; when something goes out of style parts often become rare, then unavailable. Without parts, one broken faucet may force you to change several faucets to have a matching set, replacement becomes the only option. Ask the salesperson to show you faucets that use time-tested cartridges, not fancy new ones.
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