I just moved into a house that has two shower with the same fixture, a single rotating nob that, I assume, is cold on the right warm in the meiddle then hot on the left.
On one shower, there is only a trickle of cold water on the right, then hotter and hotter water as I turn it left.
On the other shower there is lots of cold water on the right, lots of hot water on the left and absolutely no water whatsoever when it's pointed straight up? Do I have to proken fixtures or is there a larger plumbing issue involved here?
Pleae do not follow smthbrother's advice. It is just a simple problem with the valves, nothing to stress about. I am a plumber by trade and see things like this all the time. If you post the name of a pic of the valves I can tell you what you need to buy and how to fix them if youwant to take this on. If you feel this is something you might not want to I can figure a price up to repair it..this will give you an Idea of what it should cost when you have someone come out to repair it so you dont get taken. Repost if you need anything or you want me to walk you threw it.
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Make sure the hot water is turned back on. Pressure balancing valves won't work if both cold and hot water is not on. Pull shower head off and test to see how it flows out of the shower arm. If good, clear out shower head. Whenever water is turned off for a time, and then turned back on, restricting shower heads and aerators usually get clogged. In the future, always open up a tub spout before turning water back on. This releases the air and other debris most effectively before testing other fixtures in the house.
If I understand correctly, you have single handled shower faucet. Normally there is a wait for hot water to arrive at faucet. But now hot water is already at shower faucet.
Single handled faucets have a mixing area inside valve where hot and cold come together before going into sink. This mixing valve can have crossover where the hot and cold can pass through to each other even when faucet handle is off. When single handle faucets get old, this can happen. How it happens: For example another faucet is turned on inside house, and pressure differential between hot and cold causes hot water at shower handle to pass through mixing area and into cold water line. So if another faucet has been run, then that lets hot flow to faulty single handled shower faucet. To confirm this is the problem: turn on other faucet and put ear against shower faucet to listen for moving water. This condition may also signal there is a water leak. The problem is not harmful, but will draw cold water into water heater each time, and is energy wasteful. Replace faucet or have plumber repair problem.
Remove the handle,and all the trim rings,and the cartridge cover. take a flat head screwdriver and use it to lift up the red ring behind everything, this is the hot limit safety stop, this just stops the handle from turning to full hot.
Once you have the red ring lifted up, notice the numbers and the pointer on the ring, numbers are on the fixture,
O= hottest 7=cold
See what the ring pointer is set to now, and move it half, before you put this back together, just set the handle on the unit and run the water to see if its to hot or not enough. Once you have found what is the best setting, then replace all covers and trim, handle.
If water gets cold at all fixtures Its most likly the dip tube in the water heater they make replacement dip tubes but the water heater usally dosnt last but a yr or so after the tube gos bad. If the problem is only in the shower its probibly the shower valve.It could be a fixture capped off wrong, or water lines crossed som where in the shower end of the biulding.
Hello, first if any water supply hot or cold is turned off, you will experience trickling as you mention. You must have both cold and hot in order to adjust the temperature on your valve. if you had a plumber intall this unit you should ask him to adjust it. Otherwise here is how:
Rotate the handle counterclockwise to stop and let water run till cold water is purged, check
temperature. Rotate handle to off, remove handle parts (see Disassembly in your manual) and temperature limit stop, rotate clockwise to decrease and counterclockwise to increase maximum hot water temperature, reinstall temperature limit stop and handle (TIP: Do not screw handle in until desired maximum temperature is achieved) Repeat steps until desired maximum
temperature is achieved
If you put on the cold and Nothing at all comes out, check the water supply valve to the tub. If it comes out alittle ...the washer probiblly came off and is stuck you will have to remove the valve ,but 1st check that the handle is not stripped ,and that is actually moving the valve to the open position Turn the handle and see if the handle backs out ,like its trying to open.
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