If there’s anything worse than a cold shower, it’s one that is scalding hot! If you find your shower only sprays hot water, no matter how hard you turn the handle, it’s time to investigate the inner workings of your shower. No cold water in the shower may indicate defective parts within the shower faucet. If you have a single-lever control in your shower, you likely need to replace the cartridge that houses the pressure-balancing valve.
If that sounds like an overwhelming task, worry not because the friendly team at Sackett Plumbing is here to walk you through the replacement process. However, Sackett's team of professionals is always available if you’d rather save yourself the hassle by letting the pros handle the job.
First thing, it’s important to determine whether the issue is only in one shower or more. If the entire home has no cold water , it’s possible a shutoff valve in the main water supply line has been turned off accidentally. If that is the case, you can simply turn the valve back on and your showers should work as normal.
However, if you determine the other faucets in the home do have cold water, the issue is likely a defective pressure-balancing valve and you will either need to replace the valve cartridge yourself or call a professional plumber to get the job done.
A faucet’s pressure-balancing valve serves two purposes:
Before you begin the removal and installation of the shower cartridge, you will need to buy a new one at your nearby hardware store. It’s important to choose the right style to get a good fit. Bring the old cartridge with you to the store to get the perfect replacement piece. While at the store, you will also need to purchase a cartridge puller as well.
Now that you have your new cartridge you can begin the process of changing it out with these 10 steps:
If you would rather save time and frustration call our team of professionals. We would be happy to take care of the problem for you.
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