An old kitchen faucet isn't just an eyesore, it may also have other issues. Knowing when to replace it can solve those issues. Here are five reasons to replace your kitchen faucet.

1. Damaged Finish

The finish on a faucet can flake or it may become corroded or otherwise discolored. While this is ugly, it can also make it more complicated to clean and disinfect the faucet properly. If the finish of the faucet is finished or otherwise outdated, upgrading to a new faucet unit can solve the problem.

2. Low Water Pressure

If the water pressure is fine in the rest of your home but low at the kitchen faucet, then the faucet may be to blame. Mineral buildup inside the faucet can reduce water pressure down to a trickle in severe cases. Sometimes the issue is with the faucet itself, as internal parts age and break over time. Your plumber can inspect the faucet to determine whether it's a simple repair to regain the lost water pressure, or if replacement will be the better option.

3. Leaks and Drips

A leaking, dripping faucet is annoying and it costs you money over time as your water usage goes up. Faucets tend to leak from the base, from around the taps, or from the faucet opening. Some leaks can be repaired simply by replacing a gasket or o-ring, while others are symptomatic of more severe issues. If replacing a gasket doesn't work, it's time to start shopping for a new faucet that doesn't drip and wastewater.

4. Sticking Taps

Your taps should open easily, whether you have a lever style kitchen faucet or one with knobs. If you find it difficult to turn the knobs, the faucet needs to be inspected to determine whether the fixture is repairable or if it is time for a replacement. A common issue with level faucets is that the lever "travels," which means it doesn't stay in the position you open it to. In this case, replacement is the best option for solving the problem.

5. Discolored Water

Water discoloration can come from the water source or the home's pipes. For example, high iron content in the municipal pipes or rust in your home supply line can cause orange or brown water. If the discolored water is only coming from the kitchen tap, though, then the issue is likely rust or corrosion in the tap itself. Replacement is necessary at this point.

Contact a plumber for more help when it comes to faucet replacement.