How to Fix a Shower that’s Either Freezing Cold or Burning Hot

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    LESLIE: Chad in Florida is on the line and having a really hard time getting that perfect shower. Tell us what’s going on.

    CHAD: Oh, I’ve got an issue. The house was built in the late 50s, early 60s. And you go to take a shower and you turn the hot water – you think it would be up and then you turn the cold water on and it just seems like that the – you go to adjust the cold there and it makes a kind of a creaking noise. And it’s either scalding hot or freezing cold and you always kind of got to sit there and adjust the cold side on the shower there. And it seems to do it more when it starts to get colder out.

    TOM: What you might want to do is think about replacing this with a pressure-balanced valve. A pressure-balance valve maintains the mix between hot and cold, regardless of the pressure in the pipe. So, as you pull more water or less water out of one side, because either the valve is doing that or somebody is using the water somewhere in the house, the flow of water can change but the mix, the balance between the hot and the cold will not change. And that just makes it a lot more comfortable and frankly, a lot safer for you to use that water.

    And if you’re still using two valves like that, it might be time to upgrade to pressure-balance, because I think you’ll find that that’s going to solve this problem.

    CHAD: Alrighty. Yeah, that’s what I was – that was my next project. I just got finished doing – enclosing my carport. I’m doing an addition and the bathroom is coming next, so …

    TOM: Wow. Well, we’re happy to help you select the next project, Chad.

    CHAD: Hey, I appreciate it.

    TOM: I’m sure your list – you were just wondering what were you going to put on that list and now you’re all set.

    CHAD: That’s right, that’s right. It’s never-ending when you’re a homeowner, right?

    TOM: Yep, absolutely. Chad, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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