When do you replace tap washers?, the general answer is ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ Tap washers can last a long time, but sometimes they can only last 12 months or less. You know that your tap washers need replacing when the taps are turned off and the faucet still drips. To determine which tap is leaking, put your hand under the faucet to feel the temperature of the drip. If it’s hot, the washer in the hot tap needs replacing, but if you go to the trouble of replacing the hot one, you may as well do the cold one too.
There are so many different taps on the market that they all have different ways of dismantling when retrieving out the washer. Some taps require an alen key, and others require Stanley knife to pop out the button, and others still require multi-grips or a spanner to turn the buttons around to loosen the handle.
To save the hassle of changing washers every 12 months, install ceramic disc spindles which are known to last up to 10 years – providing dirt or grit in the water line doesn’t shatter the ceramic disc. Ceramic disc spindles are more expensive than washers, but the spindles seem to last a lot longer and can save you money by calling a plumber out every couple of years to replace the washers.
When do you replace tap washers? Do you wait for the dreaded drip? Or do you have a regular maintenance schedule?