Can a shower mixing valve go bad?
If your problem wasn't the anti-scalding device, your shower mixing valve has most likely gone bad and is preventing hot water from mixing properly into your shower water. Sometimes, though these valves wear out, break, or are positioned incorrectly and that can cause uncomfortable shower temperatures.
What happens when a shower valve goes bad?
There are a few ways to tell if your shower cartridge has gone bad: Dripping or running water when you turn your shower off (most common) Difficulty turning the shower handle, which worsens over time. The shower handle gets stuck or “slips” and doesn't turn on the water.
Should you replace the shower valve?
If there are drips, that's a good indication that you should think about replacing the valve. Because, not only are you wasting water, but the water that leaks behind the wall can cause rot as well as mold and mildew growth.
What happens when a mixing valve fails?
Any mixing valve can allow a cross-over to occur should it become defective. A defective mixing valve will allow a cross-over of hot and cold water, even though there are no visible signs of trouble or leak. A plumbing cross-over can cause a complaint such as the water is not hot enough.
How do you tell if a mixing valve is bad?
The shower drips if the water is completely turned off and warm water is dripping from your shower head, then it could be that your hot water mixing valve has a problem. The mixing valve ball may not be seated properly in the valve's stem, and water is escaping. Replacing the mixing valve is the best solution
JCN Plumbing is your plumbing expert in Miami Dade and Broward. With about 20 years of experience in the field, we have helped many customers that have experienced issues with shower valves. If you notice your shower valve is dripping, don’t wait and save yourself some trouble by calling us today for a free estimate.
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