Shower Valves Types, Replacement and What to Look For

While the shower valve is not something that can be seen, it plays an essential part in every shower. If yours is faulty, then a shower valve replacement will greatly improve your shower experience.

Different shower valve types

shower vavleWhen talking about replacing your shower valve, there are three different kind of valves you could be talking about.

One type of valve is the pressure balancing valve. The pressure balancing valve is the most common type of temperature controlling valves. These valves make certain that the ratio of cold and hot water stays consistent.

Another type of valve is the thermostatic mixing valve. This valve allows you to preset the temperature you would like your water to be every time you shower. All you have to do is turn the shower on and it will heat to the preset temperature all on its own.

The last valve types are the diverter and transfer valves. The transfer valve runs water through multiple outlets, for example, from the shower head fixed to the wall and a handheld shower head simultaneously. The diverter valve, on the other hand, only allows water to run in one direction at a time, from either the bath faucet or the shower head.

Signs of a faulty shower valve

If you notice these signs it’s probably a good idea to replace your shower valve:

  • If you notice any leaking from your shower you should change your shower valve as soon as you can because it may also be leaking on the other side of the wall, which can cause a lot of damage to the walls around it.
  • If, when showering, the water goes from hot to very cold because someone else turned on water at another tap or flushed the toilet then considering replacing your shower valve is a good idea.

Another reason to consider a shower valve replacement is if you want to upgrade to a better one, like one that will preset your water temperature every time.


Shower valve replacement

When hiring a plumber to replace a shower valve the cost can vary. The cost will include the price of the new valves and the labor of replacing them, which takes around one to two hours most of the time. Most plumbers, including Thrasher Plumbing, charge by the hour.

The time the jobs takes to finish can also vary depending on where the point of access to the valves is.

Access from the back of the wall is a lot easier and so the job won’t take as long. But if it has to be accessed from the front, then opening up the tile or the tub itself will be necessary, adding time to the job.

Another factor that can affect the time the job takes, depends on if the valve needs to be soldered or not. In older homes the valves will need to be soldered, which will take more time, but newer ones tend to have treaded valves which won’t add extra time.


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