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Old 06-05-2016, 09:18 PM   #1
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One of my showers has a very slow flow of hot water. The other shower is ok. All the sinks in the house are ok. I drained and refilled the water tank.

Any other ideas on how to increase the flow? I have a price pfister shower assembly.
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Could be the cartridge. anything else on that branch that is slow
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Could be the cartridge. anything else on that branch that is slow
It's a single knob that turns right and left and pulls out for water flow. Not sure if it is easy to remove the cartridge. Or maybe adjust the cartridge.
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Any idea if it is easy to pull out the cartridge?
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Any idea if it is easy to pull out the cartridge?
That depends on the manufacture. Not sure about the price phisters. Some are easy, and some are not. Look for a locking clip or locking nut/collar. Some need a cartridge puller tool. You will need to remove the decorative plate and see.

Once you get it removed, you could try to clean the cartridge and reassemble it, and see if that helps.

If not, replace the cartridge. It's either a pressure balance style or an old original style. Take it with you to a plumbing supply or hardware store to match it up. You might be able to find it at the big box stores as well.

Call or go to price phisters website and ask them directly, they may send you a new one at no cost if you don't mind waiting a few days. Just a suggestion.
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That depends on the manufacture. Not sure about the price phisters. Some are easy, and some are not. Look for a locking clip or locking nut/collar. Some need a cartridge puller tool. You will need to remove the decorative plate and see.

Once you get it removed, you could try to clean the cartridge and reassemble it, and see if that helps.

If not, replace the cartridge. It's either a pressure balance style or an old original style. Take it with you to a plumbing supply or hardware store to match it up. You might be able to find it at the big box stores as well.

Call or go to price phisters website and ask them directly, they may send you a new one at no cost if you don't mind waiting a few days. Just a suggestion.
I pulled out the cartridge and went to a big box store. They had the replacement item. Pretty easy to find. After I installed it, the knob pulled in and out easy, and the hot water was flowing normal. A big difference for a small cost. Would have done it a year ago, but didn't get around to it. Amazing how such a small part can make a big difference.
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Now that you've discovered how easy it is, about every 2 years pull it back out, clean with a weak acid, dry and with plumber's grease or silicone grease, lube anything that works within "O" ring parameters, slips, slides or looks like it would like to slip and slide and the ole thing will work like new again.
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with plumber's grease or silicone grease, lube anything that works within "O" ring parameters, slips, slides or looks like it would like to slip and slide and the ole thing will work like new again.
Only use the SILICONE plumbers grease on rubber or plastic items. The petroleum grease shown will actually eat away the rubber and/or plastic so should only be used on metal to metal surfaces.
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