Shower temperature control valves can be a problem, but they needn’t be a disaster if you know what to look for and what to do. Shower temperature control valve problems (also know as a thermostatic mixer valve problems) are a common issue in many modern bathrooms. But how can you know that this is the […]
Posted on April 13, 2017 at 09:10 AM
Shower temperature control valves can be a problem, but they needn’t be a disaster if you know what to look for and what to do.
Shower temperature control valve problems (also know as a thermostatic mixer valve problems) are a common issue in many modern bathrooms. But how can you know that this is the issue? And how can you fix it?
Thermostatic mixer valves are found in thermostatic mixer showers, which are a specific kind of mixer shower. You can tell that you have a mixer shower, as opposed to an electric shower, because your shower controls will just consist of a knob on the wall or something attached to the bath taps. Electric shower controls usually use a box on the wall.
You can then tell if you have a thermostatic mixer shower instead of just a regular mixer shower because it will often have a button to stop the temperature from being set too high. If you have a thermostatic mixer shower, you’ll have a thermostatic mixer valve.
Thermostatic mixer valves help to keep the temperature of the water in your shower constant. That way, if someone uses a tap downstairs, flushes the toilet, or starts the dishwasher, your shower won’t suddenly change temperature. The valve will sense the temperature change and adjust the flow of water accordingly. All of this is thanks to some pretty basic and reliable temperature sensing technology.
If your shower is suddenly fluctuating in temperature for no reason, that means that you probably have a problem with the temperature sensor (the thermostatic cartridge) in your thermostatic mixer valve. The bad news is that these cost around £75. However, the good news is that they can be installed very quickly if you have a reputable tradesman doing the job.
If your showerhead is dripping, that could be a sign of many different problems. Sometimes, it just means the showerhead needs tightening or that the o-ring needs replacing, both of which are simple enough DIY jobs, but it might also mean that the thermostatic mixer valve needs replacing altogether. This can be difficult, as you need the right valve for the right shower, so sometimes it’s cheaper and quicker to replace the whole tap.
If you’re having any kind of problems with your shower temperature control valve, contact Fixington and we can give a confirmed booking online in minutes. Our website and service are both remarkably easy to use; it works like Uber for tradesmen. All our tradesman use the Fixington app and are given notifications about jobs in their area. The result is a quicker and simpler service for our customers.
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