Anti-scald / pressure balance valve sticking again. Can I just remove it?

Old 06-16-12, 05:42 AM
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Anti-scald / pressure balance valve sticking again. Can I just remove it?

I'm not a plumber, and I never knew what a pressure balance valve was until last year when I discovered that it was causing the no hot water problem at a friends house.

Now the problem has returned. Only this time it is no cold water.

I would like to just remove the little spool inside the pressure balance valve housing and throw it away.

Will the shower valve still function properly if I do this?
Old 06-16-12, 08:10 AM
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No it will not function properly. If the spool is separate from the cartridge you need it to make a complete unit.

Other wise the faucet will just run and leak most likely.

What type of faucet?

A trick I do is most spools can be installed in any direction. Usually they just stick. I spray some Teflon spray in where the little slide is and install in the opposite direction.

It makes the balance kind of work the other way if you know what I mean.

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Hi, Your question implies that you can remove the balancing spool. If that is the case and you can turn the shower on with out flooding the house then go for it. Just don't toss the spool. I see you are in Arizona, most likley very hard water. Soak the spool in viniger or ClR to free up the moving parts. Shake the spool it should rattle
Good Luck Woodbutcher

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