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Shower goes boiling hot then freezing

The shower seems to go boiling hot then freezing cold no matter what heat setting its on

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  • Glen Thompson May 11, 2010

    Does it happen when water runs some where else in the house?

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Does this happen with any other fixture in your house that almost sounds like an element in a hot water heater.

or remove handle and look for an adjustment dial to temper water and adjust it

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