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Hot vs Cold Water not even

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Mar 25, 2014, 12:51 PM
papatater
Hot vs Cold Water not even
In order to get the proper temperature in our shower, we have to turn the the hot water faucet a few times, but cold water very, very little. Hot water heater brand new. Same way prior to new water heater. Water coming out of the hot water side only is extremely hot. Pipes seem to be same size. How can I fix this?

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Mar 25, 2014, 01:19 PM
Sparky617
Is this a dual handle shower faucet? What temperature is your water heater set to? How cold is your cold water?


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Mar 25, 2014, 01:37 PM
papatater
dual handle shower faucet. As I said, hot water is extremely hot (almost scalding). Cold water is general temperature. Not in any way extremely cold.

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Mar 25, 2014, 02:02 PM
Re-mdlr
To me, the next step would be to buy replacement kits for those handles. Turn off the water, remove the existing ones and go to a supplier and buy the replacement parts (take the parts with you to make sure you get the right ones, unless you have paperwork to tell you which ones to get) -- and before installing the replacement parts, make sure there is no left over debris inside the handle housings.

Or depending on the make and model, and year, it might just be as simple as a new gasket at the end of the valve.

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Mar 25, 2014, 05:10 PM
Sparky617
Do a test by turning the cold on one complete turn, and time how long it takes to fill a bucket. Empty it and repeat by doing the same with the hot. If the cold is filling faster than the hot something may be blocking the hot water side and a rebuild kit may be in order.


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Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Mar 25, 2014, 07:52 PM
Jaybee
I think Sparky is on the right track - Since the hot water is hot enough, it must be getting restricted somewhere. Could be at the faucet, could be somewhere else. I'd put the potential clog in order of probably at:

1. The bath faucet
2. Valve at water heater
3. Inside water heater
4. In the rest of the plumbing.


Jaybee