How Often Should I Replace Plumbing Fixtures? | R. A. Styron | Chesapeake, VA

Has it been years since you’ve updated the plumbing in your home? Wondering how often you should replace the plumbing fixtures? If you are noticing the tale tell signs that you are behind the times to replace some of your plumbing fixtures, you are not alone. Often, homeowners do not think about replacing plumbing fixtures until they stop working or spring a leak. Lets take a look at the normal lifespan.


Traditional water heaters, gas or electric, will usually need replacing every 10-15 years. The newer style tankless water heaters do usually last longer, typically around 20 years. As with any other piece of mechanical equipment, well maintained water heaters could last even longer, but you should start shopping around if you notice:

  • Leaks or rust around the water heater.
  • Valve sticking.
  • On-going thermostat issues.
  • Circuit breaker tripping.
  • On-going burner or heating element failures.


Unless you experience a crack, a properly installed toilet should last around 50 years. The parts that make the toilet function, however, may need to be replaced more frequently. Handles, flappers, levers, fill valves, wax seals, and connections will all likely have to be replaced before the toilet tank or bowl itself needs replaced. Most of these parts will last approximately 4-5 years with wax seals only needing to be replaced every 20-30 years. Tell tale signs of part replacements include:

  • You have to jiggle the handle to stop the water from running.
  • Toilet not flushing unless you hold the handle down.
  • Water running even when the toilet hasn’t been flushed.
  • Toilet not getting a powerful flush. (This could be sign that the toilet itself needs replaced, as well.)
  • Water around the base of the toilet when still flushing properly.
  • Toilet tank will not fill up with water.
  • Wobbly or shifting toilet.


Faucets generally have a lifespan of 15-20 years. Homeowners will sometimes decide to replace them for aesthetic reasons when updating or remodeling, newer technology becomes available, or ease-of-use. Most often plumbers only deem a faucet un-repairable if replacement parts are no longer available.


When used properly a garbage disposal will only need replaced every 10-12 years. However, there are a few signs you should look for that says your disposal needs replaced before the 10 year mark:

  • You seem to experiencing frequent clogs.
  • You have to reset too often.
  • You’re experiencing lingering foul odors that will not go away.
  • It develops a leak.


Washing machine supply hoses are one of those things in your home that you don’t often think about, until you have no choice! These hoses should be replaced every 5 years or so. They are fairly cheap ranging from $10-$25 and can usually be replaced fairly easily on your own. Even between replacement, you should keep an eye out for potential damage to avoid severe water damage.

  • Bubbles in the hose, seen or felt.
  • Obvious signs of cracks, unraveling, discoloration, crimps, or kinks.
  • Any leaking or rusting.


Call R. A. Styron of Chesapeake, Virginia for all your plumbing needs. No job is too big or small to tackle! Visit on our website or call us at 757-420-5488 to schedule your next plumbing service at your convenience.

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