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Moen single lever shower handle gives only hot water

A bit more information is needed; is this a Moentrol or a Posi-temp valve? You will need to shut water down to the shower. If it is a Moentrol, it could be an issue with either the cartridge or the pressure balancing spool. If you are at least getting water, I am going to assume that it is a Moentrol.
You will need to turn water off to the valve. Pull the cartridge and examine as to whether or not debris is blocking the supply holes of the cartridge. If your valve has built in shut off screws, you can slowly turn water on to clear any debris that may be inside the inlet port. I typically use a piece of PVC to go over the valve body so that water does not leak between the wall and the shower. Again, just turn water on enough to start it flowing.
If you do not notice anything amiss with the cartridge, it could also be the pressure balancing spool. If that is on your valve, it will be a flat head screw about the size of a nickel. Water will need to be off for the removal of the spool as well. Again, you will be looking for debris that is blocking water flow.
If this is an older Moen faucet, you may just want to replace the cartridge while you have it removed. If it is a push/pull, it is a Moentrol. If you have to turn the handle for water to come out, it is a Posi-temp. In my area, the cartridges run from $20-$40. However, Moen does offer lifetime on their cartridges. Lately, I have had a few more hoops to jump through to get the replacement cartridges from Moen, but they are still very pleasant to deal with.

Oct 16, 2014 | Moen & Posi-Temp Single Handle Shower Or...

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Installed new Danze shower valve the water is on but will not come out why?

shut off your water and pull the cartridge out off unit...make sure you have no trash in cartridge...turn water on without cartridge in but only part way to see if you have water flow to value...then make sure no damage to cartridge or some of these have plugs that need removed on install of may need to remove test plug that is in there ....try this...good luck

May 09, 2012 | Danze & Single Handle Tub And Shower...

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I have a dual control shower valve. not sure but i think it is a delta around 8 years old. the temp valve has an O clip on the inside and two small set srews on both sides. how can i determine the model...

Most valves DO NOT have a model number. What you will need to do is remove the cartridge and take it to your local hardware store and they will match it up for you. WARNING please be sure to shut off the main water supply line to the house before removing cartridge. Some cartridges have their own water cut off screw buit into them.

Sep 14, 2011 | Home

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How do you remove the old cartridge pn# 1222 after you have removed the temp. limit stop kit?

If you are referring to a Posi Temp cartridge they can be tough to remove from the valve body but there is a specific Moen 'puller' tool available. Basicially, once the 'U' shaped brass clip, which holds the cartridge on place is removed, the old cartridge (including the brass stem) will pull out completely. However they are frequently stuck in place and require some force to break free. A small plastic tool is included with the new cartridge - it isn't worth much, IMO but at least try it. Slide it over the stem so that it fits snuggly against the old cartridge and twist it with channel locks or crescent wrench. You may be successful in getting the cartridge to turn, one it does it will usually then pull out. Grasp the brass stem with vise grips/channel locks and pull the cartridge straight out. If it doesn't budge, you will likely need the specific tool mentioned above which screws into the stem (where the screw for the handle would normally fit) and is tightened down against the valve body. The pressure applied is similar to an auto. brake puller, pulling the valve out. Be careful in exerting any pressure against the valve body because it may not be adequately fastened to blocking inside the wall cavity and too much or excessive pulling may cause damage to the water supply lines.

Make sure before the install the new cartridge the valve body is clean and free of any build up. I usually take a little emery cloth and clean it out then flush the valve with water. Also use plenty of additional silicon/plumbers grease on all the black rubber seals before inserting it . Make sure it is not upside down and fits into the valve body all the way. The brass retaining clip is then re-inserted. Be careful not to lose it as a replacement is not included with the new valve and may not be easy to come by. Good luck!

Oct 25, 2010 | Moen & Replacement Cartridge

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No water when valve is turned all the way to hot side

Remove the faucet handle and trim. Close of the check valve stops on each side of the valve body with a flat screwdriver. Remove the balancing spool and Moen cartridge. Look for and mineral buildup in side the faucet and on the spool or cartridge. If there is buildup on the spool and cartridge, place them in a large bowel with a cup of vinegar and a teaspoon of baking soda. The solution will remove the buildup in a few minutes. Replace the Moen faucet parts and test the faucet. If there is buildup inside the faucet body, use a wire copper fitting brush to the remove the minerals from inside the spool and cartridge tubes of the faucet body. Turn the stop valves on just a little to wash out the debris before reinstalling the spool and moen faucet cartridge. If the is is still no pressure on the one side or the other, turn off all the water to the house and remove the check valve stops, clean them as well and the inside of the faucet. If all else fails, replace the stops, spool and cartridge. Beyond that, the water supply lines may need to be flushes with the same solution.bbfb399.jpg

Oct 10, 2010 | Moen 3175 Legend One Handle Shower Faucet...

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When i turn the hand valve to the hot side the flow of water stops. I checked the water line from the hot waterheater and hot water goes to other faucets.

This sounds like a bad cartridge motor. Turn off the water and remove the cartridge from the valve. You will have to remove the cap, knob, screw and cartridge clip. Pull the cartridge out (carefully) and inspect it for loose parts, plugging, or if the spool valve is blocking the hot water port. If it is, it's defective and will need to be replaced. You should be able to get a replacement at most home improvement stores.

Dec 12, 2009 | Moen & Posi-Temp Single Handle Shower Or...

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yes this is definately the cartridge.You might not have to replace the cartridge.First take the cartidge out and see if their is any dirt causing the water to pass thru the spout.If thiers nothing obstructing the cartridge than you will need to get a new one.

Jan 25, 2009 | Grohe Integrated 1/2'' Shower Thermostatic...

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Moen single handle valve tub/shower

The Moen Posi-Temp Valve is a pressure balanced valve and when not used for long periods of time they can stick causing only cold or hot water to pass through the valve.
A New Posi-temp cartridges can be purchased at most plumbing supply houses or big box outlets such as Lowes or Home Depot.
As long as you had cold water before, a new cartridge will solve the problem. In the future it would be wise to occassionally operate the valve at least a couple of times a month in order to keep the pressure assembly from becoming lodged in position. Just follow the instructions included with the new cartridge on the proper removal of the old cartridge and the installation of the new cartridge. a little silicone grease inside of the valve before installing the new cartridge will also help.
Be sure that there is no particles of the old cartridge left in the valve.

Dec 27, 2008 | Moen & Posi-Temp Single Handle Shower Or...

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Can't get the cartridge out of moen single knob shower faucet. Took off handle, sleeve and brass clip but could not pull out cartridge. Does it pull out screw out or what?

You have a common problem with Moen cartridges. 1st if the valve is plastic these instructions may not help you, they are for brass valves. If your not afraid to spend a little money you can go to the local hardware store and ask for a Moen cartridge puller. They usually cost between $15-$100 for the good one. Get the one that looks like a tee. (see picture)

  1. First turn off the water to the valve.
  2. Screw the tool to the valve where the handle would connect to.
  3. Align the slots on the tool to the slots on the valve.
  4. Turn the valve 360 degrees several times.
  5. Pull the valve gently and firmly towards slowly increasing the pressure.
  • At this point the valve will come out and your done.

  • If just the center portion will comes out heres what you do.
  1. Remove the center portion of the valve from your tool.
  2. You will notice at the end of the tool handle is a brass ring.
  3. Slide ring down to button and depress button until it is held in place with ring.
  4. Slide this part of the tool with ring into the valve. (ring will not go in valve)
  5. Insert this into the valve all the way you can until you hear a click.
  6. Turn and gently pull until valve comes out.
  • Note: if both of these fail you need to change the valve.

Dec 03, 2008 | Home

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