To replace a plastic faucet valve
, you need to remove both the handles and the valve. If the valve is secured in place by a screw, use a slotted screwdriver to remove it. You can then use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the center screw and then use a hex wrench to remove the bolt from the valve. Once the valve is removed, pull the faucet handle upwards to expose the plastic valve.
It is important to choose a faucet with a lifetime warranty. When shopping for a faucet, ask a salesperson if the company has any experience with warranty issues. A lot of cheaper brands promise a lifetime warranty but then go out of business after a few years. In that case, your lifetime warranty will be useless. To prevent this from happening, you can purchase replacement cartridges at the same time as you buy your faucet. This will help you get through the first repair with minimal trouble.
While a plastic faucet may be a good option for a cheap bathroom, you should consider the durability and design of a metal faucet. Metal faucets are more durable and resist corrosion better than plastic ones. These faucets can last for decades, whereas plastic ones cannot. So, when you buy a new faucet, be sure to choose the best quality model.
A faucet with a thermostatic valve is one of the safest choices. These faucets detect changes in temperature and will shut off the water if they aren't safe. They also come with features such as heat memory and scald protection. These features are important for families with young children or older adults.