06:26PM | 07/01/05
Member Since: 09/11/02
13 lifetime posts
My tenant says his shower or tub water gets hotter and hotter as he showers or runs the tub water. When he tries to adjust it to add more cold water, no cold comes out - the water stays hot. Would this be solved by replacing the faucet? It's a one-handle faucet and pretty old. Is a tub faucet a fairly easy job? I have replaced kitchen and lav faucets.

Jim D

01:25PM | 07/02/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
BeckyG - hi, I've seen similar problems discussed in this area first thought is the cartridge inside the faucet handle has gone bad. If you obtain the faucet manufacturer name and model number of the faucet, then you should be able to get a new cartridge from a plumbing supply or big-box store. The other thought - but less likely - is the system has some sort of temperature limit/safety device and that item has gone bad. Supposedly, the adjustment should be accessible although I recall a post where it wasn't - the wall had to be opened up to get to it.

Hopefully, one of the expert plumbers will see your post and get you squared away. Good luck - have a great holiday weekend! Jim D/West Point, VA


11:54AM | 07/11/05
Member Since: 06/08/04
28 lifetime posts
Hi Becky, If you have a separate hot water heater you might want to check how old it is. I've run across hot water heaters spiking right before they go kaput! Just a double-check in case the other things don't work. Hot water heaters usually last around 10-12 years, whoever installs it usually writes the date on it (at least thats what my plumber does).

Good luck.

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