Three Handle Shower Faucet Diverter Valve: Repair Tips Three Handle Shower Faucet Diverter Valve: Repair Tips

If your three handle shower faucet diverter valve is not redirecting the flow of water where it should, then you could use some repair tips to avoid some common mistakes. Most likely you will need to replace the diverter valve, which is pretty straight forward.

First, you will need to cut off the water supply. Next, drain the water from the lines in your shower to avoid a mess; simply open the faucet all the way and allow the water to drain out of the spout. Then, you should cover the drain, so that no small pieces fall into it.

Remove the Old Diverter Valve

You have to remove the cartridge, by prying off the faceplate using a flat head screwdriver, to get to the screw. After you've removed the handle, remove the escutcheon rings. Then remove the nut and slowly pull out the cartridge. Next, you will have to remove the diverter stem valve by removing the nuts; be very gentle, the pipes are usually made of very soft copper.

Install the New Diverter Valve

Place the new diverter valve in and tighten the nuts, then reinstall the cartridge and tighten the nut, making sure that they are connected together properly. Replace the handle and faceplates, then turn on the water. The new diverter stem valve should be directing the water where it is intended to go.

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