I was hoping to get some help with some problems I am having with my shower and tub faucet. The pressure for both is very low. In fact for the shower the water pretty much drips straight down.
To begin with, I have a well so there is a jet pump in the basement. The water heater is a tankless Paloma unit that is about 10 years old. By following the pipes, it looks like the hot water runs to the bathroom sink and then to the tub area. The shower is a Moen.
So a few months ago, everything with the shower pressure was normal but we had a drip from the faucet. We had a plumbler over to replace utility/laundry sink pump. We asked him to take a look at the leaking bathroom tub faucet. He suggested ordering the cartridge from Moen and installing it ourselves. This is what I did. The leak stopped but the pressure was significantly lower. We lived with it. In the last few weeks, the shower would turn from hot to cold. If the bathroom sink faucet was run on hot water, the shower water would turn scalding hot. Adjusting the shower control would make no difference in moderating the water temperature other than suddenly turning it ice cold again.
Called the plumber. He suggested that the problem was with the tankless water heater and that it needed to be serviced. We called the heating and cooling company that installed the water heater. They came out and serviced/cleaned it out. I was told it was in good shape.
None of this helped fix the problem.
I removed the Moen cartridge. When the water was turned back on, the water shot out of the pipe with quite a bit of pressure. I took this to mean the cartridge itself was the issue. We ordered a new cartridge from Moen. Installed it today. We can now moderate the temperature of the water, but the pressure is still ridiculously low.
I did run a length of wire through the pipes when the cartridge was removed. Like I said though, the water pressure was quite high when the cartidge was removed.
If you can help me troubleshoot this problem, I would be very grateful. I am really out of ideas as to how to fix this......plumbing is not exactly my strong point