Summer is coming! You’re going to want to take some cool showers when the weather heats up, especially if you don’t like running the A/C on all day long. If you’re having an issue getting cold water in your shower, fixing that problem is going to become critical to your happiness when the weather gets warm.
The most likely cause of your problem is a defective pressure balancing spool, which is a part of the cartridge inside your shower faucet. To fix the problem, you’ll need to replace the cartridge.
Unfortunately, a build up of corrosion may have caused your cartridge to become lodged inside the faucet over time. For most people, the hardest part of replacing a shower cartridge is getting the old cartridge to come out.
To make it easier to remove your old stuck cartridge, you’ll need a special tool creatively called a “cartridge puller.” Cartridge pullers are designed to thread into the old cartridge, making it easy to pull the cartridge out. In addition to the cartridge puller, you’ll also need a Phillips screwdriver, needle nose pliers and silicone grease. Once you’ve got the right materials, the process is relatively straight forward. See below:
That’s it! Test the water to ensure that the cold water is now functioning. If the hot and cold water is reversed after reinstalling the faucet, this is an indication that the cartridge was put into the faucet backwards. To fix the problem, simply pull the cartridge out, turn it upside down and put it back in the valve body.
For additional help, take a look at this step-by-step tutorial with pictures.
There are ways to complete this task without buying a cartridge puller. If you have a tool called a tap in your home, this can be used to thread the inside of the cartridge. Once this is done, you can insert a bolt into the cartridge and pull the cartridge out of the wall. You can check out the process online in this YouTube video:
Finally, if you’re not interested in trying to replace the cartridge yourself, and you’re lucky enough to be a resident of Pittsburgh or the surrounding area, give us a call. We’ll be happy to help you get your shower back to full functionality.