How Do I Fix the Temperature in My Shower?
Having a shower makes you feel rejuvenated, as you awaken your senses while massaging your body.
But the water temperature has to be perfect for you to enjoy your shower.
Otherwise, your shower session may not be relaxing because too-high temperatures may burn your beautiful delicate skin, while too-low temperatures may not provide the relaxation you crave.
So when you realize that your shower temperature is misbehaving, you can try to fix it yourself by following the below steps or contact a professional plumber.
Step 1: Assess the Water Temperature Issue
Before you can fix your shower temperature issues, you need to identify the probable cause, to help you find the appropriate solution.
For example, you may experience lukewarm, extreme, or inconsistent water pressure and temperature, with the potential causes as shown in the table below:
|Lukewarm water||Malfunctioning shower valve thermostatic mixing|
|Extreme temperature||Imbalanced water pressure problem with the valve|
|Inconsistent water pressure/temperature||Imbalanced water pressureProblem with the valve|
Step 2: Check the Shower Settings
After you identify the root cause of the shower temperature issues, check the water heater settings.
Most of the time, especially if you share your shower with other people, they may adjust the shower heater settings to suit the temperature they prefer and forget to adjust it back.
But you can access the thermostatic mixing valve and adjust the shower settings to the temperature you prefer.
And, if you don’t have the know-how, you can check the manufacturer’s instructions on how to adjust the thermostatic mixing valve.
These instructions will guide you on how to adjust your shower settings safely. But if you have misplaced or cannot understand the manufacturer’s instructions, consult a professional plumber since they possess the specialized understanding to tackle even the trickiest of shower settings.
Step 3: Clean the Shower Head
Cleaning the showerhead is the most overlooked area as most people do not realize that mineral deposits, sediment, and other debris can clog the small openings of the showerhead.
A clogged shower head reduces the pressure of water passing through leading to sudden bursts of hot or cold water.
This makes it hard to have a comfortable shower temperature that lets you have all your brainstorming thoughts without interruptions.
But here is how you can clean the shower head easily;
- Remove the shower head by hand or with an adjustable wrench before you can start cleaning. However, do it slowly to protect the showerhead’s finishing.
- Prepare a cleaning solution. It can either be:
- A commercial descaling solution like hydrochloric acid mixed with water
- A homemade solution like warm water & liquid soap
- Equal parts mixture of 4 cups of vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda
- Soak the shower head for a few hours. If you use the vinegar and baking soda solution, fill a gallon-size paper bag, insert the shower head, and secure it with rubber bands.
- Use a soft brush or old toothbrush to scrub the inside and outside of the showerhead gently.
- Rinse thoroughly and if you use either vinegar or a descaling solution, soak the shower head in warm water to remove any residue left. You do not want to have hydrochloric acid residue falling on your skin as these can cause reactions.
Get a Professional to Fix Your Shower Temperature
When it comes to fixing your shower temperature issues, you are better off letting an expert like us do it for you.
Shower temperature problems are mostly caused by various factors like faulty thermostatic valves, plumbing, or water heater issues. These factors necessitate the use of experts who understand the complex workings of shower systems in order to quickly resolve the issue.
Also, dealing with water heaters is dangerous, even the instant ones, especially if you are not familiar with the safety precautions necessary.
Additionally, there are ways of fixing the shower temperature like identifying if your shower has a scald guard or temperature limit stop. A scald guard or temperature limit prevents water from reaching dangerously high temperatures that may harm you or your loved one’s skin.
And most importantly, it saves you time.
Sometimes, you can misdiagnose the cause of your shower temperature woes.
Then, in your quest to do it yourself, you may end up wasting too much time and not resolving the issue at all. But at Meadow Ridge Plumbing, we can quickly assess the problem, implement the correct solution and have you enjoying your long relaxing showers in no time.
Therefore, contact us today so we can fix your shower temperature issues and you can get back to enjoying relaxing showers whenever you want.