Replace inside stem on hot water Eljer shower faucet
Unfortuneatly I have 20+ yr old Eljer shower faucets. The hot water faucet leaks a steady stream of hot water. I found out that Eljer has been bought out by American Standard, and ordeed the center stems from their Pittsburgh PA home wherehouse where they still keep some Eljer parts. The problem is this: Eljer made it impossible to quickly remove the faucet knobs. There is a collar/ring accessed through a small slot on the outside of the stem near the knob, but when this ring is depressed through the small slot, nothing happens. The knob on the faucet still cannot be removed and the inside parts replaced. It is no wonder Eljer went out of business. I cannot find ANY company that services or has any information whatsoever on how to take apart an Eljer faucet. Please help me replace the inside stem unit for both the hot and cold shower faucets.
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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.
Your fixture body may be corroded beyond repair. Since you've replaced all the rebuildable parts, I'd suggest you get a plumber to check it but expect that you'll need to replace the faucet. Get a modern "cartridge" (Delta, Moen or Kohler) fixture that can be easily repaired indefinitely.
wrong stem.. the body of cartridge where the o ring seats into the body of the faucet needs to go all the way down.. try looking at new ong very carefully because they are almost identical except for this
turn the water off! at the meter and go buy a faucet seat removal tool its L shaped with square heads on each end also buy a faucet valve socket to remove the faucet stems after you take the knobs and unscrew the trim housings once you unscrew the faucets stems there inside the hole deep is 2 brass seats that you need to remove and change put the new seats in and replace the washers on the stems and reassemble
If your water heater is old or has been recently replaced, it will slough off debris that will get caught in the hot water supply side of the faucet. You have to disassimble the faucet and use a dental pic to remove the debris from it. This is a real common occurance. You can also try to flush out that side by removing the parts and then slowly turning on the water without the parts inside. Be careful not to flood your bathroom when you do this. But usually you have to dig it out. I have spent as high as 3 hours digging the liner from the dip tube of a water heater out of a faucet.
Turn off the water, remove the handle, escuchion, and stem.
Replace all washers/O-rings. If it is a plastic stem, replace the stem.
The seals are worn, allowing water to pass by.
On some really old valves, the actual metal walls of the valve eventually get worn, and washer replacement does not completely solve the problem, or last long. In that event, replacing the valve is about the only option.
It is very possible that a piece of rubber from the old washer or some debris has found its way into the shower diverter or the showerhead. The first thing to try, is to take off the showerhead and see if you get water without it. If you get water then your problem is solved!!! Puchase a new showerhead or take apart the old one and soak it in CLR or Lime-Away to clean it. If that doesn't do the trick than, Turn off your water supply to hot and cold. Remove the diverter (if possible) and inspect for debris. If you want you can also take out the hot and cold stems for a total inspection of the inside of the faucet. You can then flush out the inside of the faucet cavity with a Turkey Baster or something to that effect. Put it all back together ( use a bit of vasaline on all the rubber washers so they do not get stressed when re-installing) and you should be able to take a shower.....Also, if it was a cartridge you replaced, you may have inserted it 180 degrees opposite......Hope this helps.....Joe