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Old 11-14-2009, 10:29 AM   #1
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New fixtures not as hot water


I just rent a place, and the home owner just had the plastic drop in shower torn out and replaced with tile. Along with that came new fixtures, new head and single handle valve or whatever its called. The old stuff used to get real hot, just as hot as all the sinks, but now turned on all the way it's just warm enough to not be uncomfortable. Is there any way to adjust it so it will get hotter? I don't have a clue when it comes to anything plumbing...haha.

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If the Hot water at the sink has remained as 'hot' as it was prior to the new shower then the hot water tank temperature setting has not changed

Somehow the volume through the hot water line at the shower control has been restricted when compared with the original separate Cold/Hot controls. New Thermostatic Anti Scald single valve controls limit the allowable max temperature.

Find out what brand shower valve you have then Google to see if there is an adjustment.
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Thanks i'll give that a try.
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As PaliBob said, it could be an anti-scald valve. I'm guessing it wasn't adjusted after they installed it (which PaliBob stated as well).

Take apart the handle and take the cover off the wall. Then put the handle back in (but no cover). Rotate the handle on/off and you should see as you get into "hot" an adjustment screw stops you from turning it hotter anymore. The more that screw is "in", the less you can rotate the handle to more hot. Unscrew that adjustment screw a little, and you'll see the handle can now turn past where it used to stop and you can choose to make it hotter. Rinse and repeat until you find the location where it's hot but won't scald and then reassemble the whole thing (or you brought out the screw to the point it's no longer reducing how far you can turn it up. If that's the case you're at max).

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Piedmont, I think you nailed it. I didn't have any idea how to make that adjustment. Congrats
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