Options to fix an old leaky shower valve

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Last Updated March 26, 2016 08:09 AM

The shower valve in my guest bathroom is leaking and I would like to replace it but it's fairly old and not compatible with the new mixer cartridges. I bought a brand new valve & cartridge but I'm a bit nervous to attempt replacing it because the hot & cold water pipes will need to be re-soldered and I'm not sure I have enough space to do a good job.

This is an Eljer valve which I believe has been discontinued. The shower handle is one of those where up-down controls the flow and left-right the temperature of the mixture.

Are there any other options? Maybe some sort of converter cartridge is available? I don't even know where to start looking nothing appears compatible.

I would like to switch to a single handle and replace the trim (to Moen or Delta or something) but don't know if that's possible without replacing the valve?

Here is what the valve looks like

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The shower valve in my guest bathroom is leaking and I would like to replace it but it's fairly old and not compatible with the new mixer cartridges. I bought a brand new valve & cartridge but I'm a bit nervous to attempt replacing it because the hot & cold water pipes will need to be re-soldered and I'm not sure I have enough space to do a good job.

This is an Eljer valve which I believe has been discontinued. The shower handle is one of those where up-down controls the flow and left-right the temperature of the mixture.

Are there any other options? Maybe some sort of converter cartridge is available? I don't even know where to start looking nothing appears compatible.

I would like to switch to a single handle and replace the trim (to Moen or Delta or something) but don't know if that's possible without replacing the valve?

Here is what the valve looks like

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[Summary]How to Fix the Valve on a Shower Faucet Handle | Home Guides | SF Gate Unless your shower faucet is an older two-handle model, it has one of two types of valves: a ball or a cartridge. You can distinguish between the two by the action of the handle:

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How to Fix the Valve on a Shower Faucet Handle | Home Guides | SF Gate

Unless your shower faucet is an older two-handle model, it has one of two types of valves: a ball or a cartridge. You can distinguish between the two by the action of the handle: If you can pull it out, then the valve is a cartridge. Repairing two-handled, ball-valve or cartridge faucets requires different procedures, but in all cases, you have to remove a collar to get to the valve. Before you do that, it's essential to make sure the water is off, or you'll release an unstoppable fountain that could scald you.

How to Replace a Leaky Shower Valve Cartridge

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When water constantly drools from the shower head, the problem is caused by the shower valve.

A leaky shower faucet or

shower head

can be both irritating and expensive. Beyond the annoying drip, drip, drip, a leaky shower faucet (valve) can waste hundreds of gallons of water every week. And worse, a leak on the hot water side of the shower valve can waste significant energy because the

water heater

must continually operate to warm the water being drawn unnecessarily.

One reader whose home was equipped with an electric water heater complained that his leaking shower valve caused his electric bill to triple. Even more concerning is the shower valve that leaks inside the wall. Over time, water dribbling into the wall can cause dry rot, mold, and structural problems that can be both hazardous and very expensive to repair.

What Causes a Leaky Shower Faucet or Shower Head Drip?

When water drips or drizzles from a shower head, there is a...

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Find you’re self-waking up in the middle of the night with the sound of a dripping shower head? It is relatively normal to have a few drops of water for a short time from the shower head once the water faucet has been turned off.

But if this drip is consistent then you more than likely have a leaking shower head – not to panic this can be a do it yourself easy and simple fix. So don’t let this irritation continue as this can also increase your water bill if left untreated.

How showers work and parts

Understanding how the components of a shower unit work will help you to understand how to resolve any leaks that have occurred this will also make you aware of the technical terminology used acting as a quick reference guide.

To start off with its usually a great idea to see how the shower system works, the main image represent a fully functional shower unit with all its parts . You may or may not have all the components like this but could have elements...

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What I’m about to share is for the greater good. I’ve done all the work and I’m willing to tell you all about it. If you have a shower valve that looks like the one below, and it leaks, you’re in good hands. I’m about to help your life immensely.

Here’s the scenario – every so often, you see a drip of water fall from the bathtub spout in your bathroom. You’ve seen it for years, but in your heart of hearts, you always felt that if you just tightened the shower handle a little tighter than you did the last time you took a shower, things would be all better. Then, of course, the next time you’re in the bathroom, you see that dam tub leaking again. You reach into the shower to tighten the handle once more, see that as you do it, the leak stops. Because of this, you internally blame whoever it is you live with for not turning off the shower properly. It’s their fault, not yours.

Really though, you know that your shower leaks and it needs fixing. You’re just procrastinating...

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The shower diverter valve takes water from the main supply in your home and redirects it to your bathtub faucet, shower head, and potentially more sites as well. If you have a leaky faucet in the tub, it is likely that you'll need to fix a leaking shower diverter in order to remedy the problem. Typically, this is an easy task. However, there are a few mistakes that are relatively common and that can actually lead to further damage or problems with leaky showers. Learn to avoid some of those errors by reading on.

Not Turning Off the Water

Failing to turn off the water supply to the leaky shower diverter can cause problems for you while you're making adjustments to the valve. Water can seep out in greater quantities and cause flooding or otherwise make a mess. Additionally, failing to turn off the water supply to the faulty valve can make the process of adjusting the leak difficult to complete, as it is hard to determine which portion of the valve is leaking when water...

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Remember to use a little quality plumbers grease such as Rectorseal 50811 2-Ounce Plumber's Grease - Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/1gJWW57 Amazon.com Gift Cards - In a Greeting Card - Free One-Day Shipping http://amzn.to/1qMbKkI Moen 82912 Single Handle Posi-Temp Pressure Balanced Shower Trim and Valve with Single Func, Spot Resist Brushed Nickel - Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/19nrpDY Moen L2352 Chateau Single Handle Posi-Temp Valve And Shower Trim, Chrome - Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/1kwU3rb Moen T2153NHORB-2510 Brantford Posi-Temp Tub and Shower Trim Kit with Valve, Oil Rubbed Bronze - Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/1a184sS Moen 3285 Legend Single Handle Moentrol Valve Tub and Shower Trim with Push Button Diverter, Chrome - Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/1aeOneF Moen T2803-2510 Method Posi-Temp Tub and Shower Trim Kit with Lever Handle and Valve, Chrome - Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/1m1OkVM Moen T3112ORB-3510 Kingsley Moentrol Shower Trim Kit with Lever Handle and Valve, Oil...

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Sick of hearing that slow drip in the bathroom coming from your leaking shower head?


We can totally empathize with you. That’s why we reached out to our resident plumbers to give us the best insight into how to fix a leaking shower head.

Before we jump in to how to fix your dripping shower head, we need to first cover some of the basics of why a shower head may be dripping.

2 Main Reasons For a Leaky Shower Head


You may not know this, but a leaky shower head is not always due to your shower head being old or defective. To know what you need to do to fix it, you need to look at the two types of symptoms:

1) Shower Head Dripping When Water Is OFF

If you’re experiencing this issue, than it is unrelated to the shower head. Your problem, in fact, is that your shower cartridge inside of your shower valve has gone bad.

The shower cartridge sits inside of the shower handle and controls the water volume, temperature...

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First and foremost, place rags on the shower floor directly below the faucets to prevent small parts from going down the drain when they drop as well as to protect the surfaces. Make sure that you have turned off the supply of water before dismantling the shower valve. Then proceed by detaching the faucet handle. Once you have detached the outer cover, unfastened the locking screw using a screw driver and set it aside.

Using a faucet puller or a screw driver, remove the handle from the faucet body by pulling it. Remove the sleeve and the trim that is over the faucet stem and pull the faucet stem from the valve body. Replace the flat washer, the seals and the O-rings. Use plumber’s grease to oil the threads before put back the parts. Attach back the handle and test the valve. If water is no longer leaking, put together all the...

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