How To Adjust The Shower Valve To Get More Hot Water
Have you ever wanted to take a hot shower but found the water temperature to be lacking? The problem may be with your shower valve. By making a few simple adjustments, you can get all the hot water you need for a relaxing shower.
As part of your Tenancy agreement, you are required to undertake minor repairs and maintenance to the property and this includes adjusting the shower tap valve to get more hot water. As a tenant, you may think this seems like too big a task but in fact, it only takes a short time. Of course, you can call a contractor to do it but this will likely cost £80 upwards.
While shower taps can come in different brands and configurations, the video and the guide below present general steps to give you an idea of what the process is if you want to adjust the shower tap valves and get more hot water.Thanks to for the video on how to fix and tighten loose shower taps.
Adjusting Your Shower Tap Valve to Get More Hot Water
Here's what you need to do:
- Insert the hex key into the shower tap handle's access hole. Twist anti-clockwise to unlock.
- Remove the handle, then pull out the metal sleeve and set it aside.
- Unscrew the centre screw using a Phillips screwdriver.
- Remove the rubber o-ring that is protecting and keeping the polymer shower tap control (that’s covering the water cartridge) in place.
- Remove the polymer shower tap control valve.
- Then instead of the level “C” position, tilt the valve a little at a time anti-clockwise. Note that the hot water pipe is usually on the left side, while the cold water pipe is on the right side.
- Keep adjusting to the left to get access to more hot water, but stop when the valve no longer stays flush with the pipe. That is the most the valve can be adjusted to get hot water.
- Replace the o-ring, then the centre screw, and lock the shower tap handle back into place.
- Test the shower tap to see if the hot water is running correctly now. Be careful so as not to burn yourself when testing.
Don’t Run Out Of Hot Water With This Handy Guide
If you're having trouble getting enough hot water in your shower, there are a few things you can try. Start by adjusting your shower valve handle and see if that makes a difference. If not, check the diverter for any mineral deposits or clogs and clean it as needed.
With just a few simple adjustments, you should be able to get all the hot water you need. But if you find adjusting your shower tap valve has not been successful, please contact us on 01522503717 and we will be able to send out a contractor. However, if the repair needed falls under your responsibility as a tenant then you will be charged for the work.
Reminder That You May Be Charged - Where our contractor has arranged a time with you to attend and you postpone, cancel, or don't show up or where it is your fault for the appointment not proceeding you will be responsible for paying the call-out charge for the contractor and potentially any restocking fee for parts. Where the fault, issue or damage, is put down to your or other tenants, permitted occupiers, or guests' actions, you will be responsible for paying for the repair. These terms are already part of your Tenancy Agreement.