Plumbing News Roundup: March 2024

When is it Time to Replace your Plumbing Fixtures?

It’s easy to ignore your plumbing fixtures…until they break down. Hardworking as they are, these modern conveniences will start to fail eventually. Though sometimes they can be salvaged with an affordable repair, sooner or later it’s time to say goodbye. But how do you know when to replace plumbing fixtures in your bathroom, kitchen, or anywhere around the house? Check out our guide below!

Faucets and Showerheads 

These fixtures have a pretty long lifespan – 15-20 years – and are often repaired simply by replacing certain inexpensive parts like washers. The reasons you should consider a replacement are the following:

  •   The fixtures have continuous repairs that start to add up to more than one-third of the cost of replacement.
  •   They begin to corrode or become rusty.
  •   They are leaking from the base or handle.


Another plumbing fixture that can last a long time, from 30 – 50 years, only if they are not damaged or experience any other functional problems. You can replace things like the wax seal, flush handle, fill valves, and flapper to extend the life of your toilet(s). The following are reasons you will need to replace your toilet:

  •   If it becomes cracked or broken.
  •   The caulking around the toilet is almost gone and the toilet is shaking.
  •   You have reoccurring clogs, or it won’t thoroughly flush.


The lifespan of a sink is not as typical. It depends on individual parts as well as the material the sink is made of. For instance, a stainless-steel sink tends to have the longest lifespan, as long as it does not have scratches or corrosion. The following are reasons you will need to replace your sink:

  •   You should replace a sink that has cracks.
  •   If it’s loosely secured or moves when touched.
  •   If it remains clogged for a long time


Tubs can last up to 20-25 years, but there are several reasons you may want to consider replacing one.

  •   If you have any cracks in the tub
  •   If you notice leaking, or the surface is becoming impossible to clean.

Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals last 10 years, on average. You’ll probably need to replace your garage disposal if:

  •   The unit is leaking.
  •   It won’t turn on or if it tends to stop working entirely. (This may indicate the motor is worn out.)
  •   You have to reset the unit more often than normal.
  •   The appliance jams frequently or isn’t breaking down waste appropriately.

Water Heaters

The lifespan of a water heater depends upon the type you have: a traditional gas water heater, a traditional electric water heater, or a tankless water heater. On average, a conventional water heater fueled by gas can last 6-8 years while an electric-powered water heater can last 8-12 years. A tankless water heater, on the other hand, can last for up to 20 years.

Note: Well-maintained water heaters will last the longest! But don’t wait too long to replace one that has reached its life expectancy because when a water heater fails, it causes a huge mess, which can lead to water damage and mold in your home.

Call Super Terry!

Plumbing fixtures, whether it’s a faucet or water heater, work hard but often get overlooked. Make sure you know when it’s time for a replacement!

At Terry’s Plumbing, we can help you with all of your plumbing replacements, repairs, or plumbing emergencies. We work hard to help save you money on your leaking and inefficient plumbing fixtures. If you live in the Pittsburgh area, give us a call today!