Excess of cold or hot water makes your shower less than pleasurable. So, you should know how to adjust the heat regulator on a shower faucet.
The exact process depends upon the type of shower faucet. But, the steps are similar.
Types Of Shower Control Valves
The process of temperature adjustment on a faucet depends upon its control valve. A pressure balancer valve is standard in new shower systems, also known as a mechanical or anti-scald valve. This component utilizes diaphragms or pistons to maintain a balance between temperature and pressure.
The mixing valve is standard in old residences. Such a valve uses a hot and cold ratio to balance the two water pressure so that you can get the desired temperature. But, the valves do not have temperature control.
It’s why the water becomes scalding hot if any other family member flushes a toilet or starts using any other faucet. The hot and cold ratio loses balance due to such incidents.
Thermostatic valves are standard in new households but are comparatively costlier than pressure balance valves. Such valves come with a dial that allows you to adjust cold and hot water pressure. Most of them also have the function of controlling the water volume.
How To Adjust Shower Temperature?
To follow the given process, you need the following tools.
- Allen wrench or screwdriver, depending upon the screws
- Small pliers
- Utility knife
- Drop cloth
Step 1: Lay The Drop Cloth
Make sure the bathroom floor is dry and lay the cloth covering the drain. The drop cloth ensures that none of the screws accidentally falls down the drain.
Step 2: Remove The Shower Handle
The first step is to take out the shower handle so that you can access the temperature regulator. Try to locate the screws.
If you cannot see the screws, they might be under a cap or cover on the handle. Take out the screws to remove the handle from its trim plate. You might have to shake the handle repeatedly to disassemble it.
Step 3: Remove The Trim Plate
Some of the shower faucets allow access to the valve only if you remove its trim plate. Skip this step if you can access the valve without removing the trim plate.
A trim plate is a metal made component that surrounds the handle. After removing the handle, detach all the screws from the trim plate and lift it off the wall. If caulking attaches the trim plate with your bathroom wall, then cut the caulking using a utility knife.
Put the trim plate aside with all its screws. Make sure you don’t lose any screws.
Step 4: Adjust The Temperature
After removing the trim plate, you will see the valve and a red ring. Also called a limiter ring, it is responsible for adjusting the temperature on the shower faucet. Its color can vary according to the make and model of your shower faucet.
Please take out the limiter ring using your hands or pliers and rotate it as per your requirements. The limiter ring determines the temperature stopping point. If you want to increase the temperature, rotate this ring counterclockwise. Similarly, turn it clockwise to reduce the temperature. Afterward, please put it back on the valve.
Precaution: Don’t surpass the temperature mark of 120 degrees Fahrenheit if you want to be safe from scalding water. Keep the temperature around112 degrees for the best showering experience.