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HOT AND COLD NOT MIXING PROPERLY IN SHOWER - Kohler K 304 Rite Temp Pressure Balancing Valve

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SOURCE: Kohler shower valve (hot/cold switched)

Just had this same thing, on this exact faucet. If you still have the manual, it has instructions on how to rotate the valve for back to back installations where one shower has the hot/cold reversed. Our contractor got ours in backwards the first time and I had to call and have them come out and rotate the valve this morning.

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The hot and cold are reversed on our single handle shower (no tub faucet -- shower only)


Hot on left.
Cold on right.
Some single handle faucets have bleed-over where both hot and cold enter mixing valve each time handle is turned on, even when faucet calls for just cold or just hot.
Otherwise maybe a do-it-yourself plumber got pipes backwards... or maybe the tub used to be on other side of wall, and tub was moved during remodeling but pipes were not changed.

To fix problem:
First of all, turn off shower faucet. Turn on Hot at sink and put ear against shower faucet listening for sound of water flowing through the mixing valve.
If mixing valve is working fine, you need to open wall and investigate more.
For example if you have access door, reach in and feel which pipe is hot.
Pipes might need to be reversed if problem comes up in home inspection, otherwise the problem will not harm anything.

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Getting hot water when shower valve is first opened.


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.

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if the water is that hot then lower [adjust] the temp of your hot water heater -if need to adjust the shower you can adjust the mixing by removing the handle and on the valve stem are the adjusting clips the red [hot] and blue [cold]plastic clips can move them around to adjust the mixing of hot and cold water

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My creda 950 t shower is pissing water out of it


If this is for a hot and cold water shower, you have to
replace the mixing valve to get the right result. However,
if you can get a repair kit for your hot and cold mixing
valve, you may repair it. And get it done.

Nov 24, 2009 | Plumbing

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No hot water coming through the shower system, though hot water comes through the pipe without system attached


When you adjust the dial to mix the hot and cold for your desired liking, it goes into a mixing chamber before going to the shower head, im asumming your issue is within the mixing chamber.

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When i turn the shower on to Hot the power of the water drops right down and when i turn it to cold it seems fine, do you know what the problem is.


Has this problem the same for the sink, is this problem the same in other faucets. If not then the problem is in the mixing valve(shower handle guts) Some mixing valves have an adjustment under the handle to let more hot water to mix with the cold. If this is not the case then it is the mixing valve.

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Delta single handle faucet. Hot or cold no in between.


well they should be same size but unless you getting more of one then other then sound like mixing valve is not mixing. do have 3/4 hook up to mixing valve? you only need 1/2" to valve.

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