How Much Does It Cost To Repair/Replace a Shower Valve?

dark shower with chrome valvesShowers have become a common fixture in many homes, if not a necessity. The relative ease of taking a shower makes it readily acceptable to many folks. They come in different shapes and sizes, depending on your taste and preferences. They are great choices if you need to maximize your available space.

Showers can – and do – breakdown from time to time. You’d need the services of a licensed plumber if the damage to your shower is beyond your control. If you’re looking for a plumber nearby, we at Captain Plumber are just a call away to repair your faulty shower.

How Much Should I Expect To Pay For A Shower Valve Repair/Replacement?

On average, you may pay up to $300 for a professional plumber to have your shower valve replaced. A complete replacement of your shower valve by an experienced professional may cost roughly $500. This is often an all-inclusive charge, meaning your payment covers labor and the cost of replacement parts.

Factors To Consider Before Repairing/Replacing Your Shower Valve

  • Are You Fixing Or Replacing?

It is costlier to replace your shower valve than it is to repair broken down parts of it, like the cartridge or stem. You’d need to have a licensed plumber look at your shower unit before you can decide if the damage requires a repair or a replacement.

  • Ease Of Access

If your shower valve comes equipped with an access panel, it makes repair work easier and is less costly than if you were to break a part of the wall to get access to the shower valve. At the end of the day, you’d pay extra to fix the broken wall.

  • Cost Of Parts

Depending on the shower type and model, prices for their replacement parts vary from cheap to expensive. You also need to be sure you’re buying the right spare part. This is where an experienced plumbing service like Captain Plumber comes in. We only use affordable, high-quality parts in our repairs.

  • Cost Of Labor

Although DIY is a much cheaper option to consider compared to hiring a plumber, there’s no denying the fact that some jobs just can’t be done without expert help. It’s also better to pay the price and get it right the first time than having to pay for several expensive reworks.

  • Location

The rates per hour for plumbers differ from town to town. It reflects the prevailing cost of living. Ideally, expect to pay more for a shower valve repair job if you live in the city than you would if you lived in the countryside.

Fixing your faulty shower valves need not be so stressful. If you want quality plumbing work by qualified professionals using only the best tools and materials for the job, your best bet would be to call us at Captain Plumber. We’re always glad to help.

How to Replace a Single-Handle Shower Valve

replacing shower valve in blue showerSome homeowners decide they need to swap their old single-handle valve when they attempt remodeling a part of the bathroom, like the wall tiles. The need to change the wall tiles might reveal that the valve was already corroding, hence the need to change that too immediately.

In this article, you will learn other tips to know when your single-handle shower valve needs a replacement, and the best shower valve to replace the old one with. You will also learn why it might be best to hire a professional plumber to do the shower valve replacement rather than trying a DIY experiment that might not work.

When Should You Replace Your Shower Valve?

  1. You are remodeling your bathroom.

A remodeling process is a good time to have the plumbing service you use check your plumbing to see if anything such as your valve needs repair or replacement.

  1. Your showerhead is leaking.

If your showerhead is leaking water, the problem is most likely coming from your shower valve. Sometimes, fixing or replacing the valve’s cartridge might solve the problem. But if you can, replace the valve, especially if it shows signs of corrosion.

  1. There is an abrupt change in water pressure

A slow response to water temperature and pressure is a good reason to consider getting your shower valve checked.

  1. You have trouble turning on your shower handle.
  2. If your shower handle is stiff to turn on and off, you might need to replace the shower valve.

Replacing And Installing Your Shower Valve 

The first thing you want to do when you confirm your shower valve is faulty is to turn off the source that runs water to your shower. If your home has a good pump, switch off the circuit breaker to the pump motor, then go further to shut off the main valve that connects the pump to a local water supply.

Selecting A New Shower Valve To Use

You can go for a pressure-balancing valve which is more popular or a thermostatic valve which is less common. The major advantage of a pressure-balancing valve is that it allows you to adjust the water temperature in your shower. There’d be just the right ratio of hot water to cold water.

The thermostatic valve, on the other hand, allows you to set the water temperature automatically without having to adjust hot and cold water settings manually. Because of the heat-sensitive material used in manufacturing thermostatic valves, your water will not suddenly become too hot or cold.

Why Should You Get A Plumber To Fix The New Valve For You? 

Whether you decide to get the pressure-balancing valve or the thermostatic type, you need to have it fixed properly to get the best out of your new shower valve. And while there are DIY videos online that will teach you how to do a shower valve replacement, below are some reasons you should get a professional plumber near you to do it.

  1. A good plumbing service such as Captain Plumber knows what they are doing and won’t mess up your plumbing line.
  2. You will save extra costs eventually because they will do it correctly, and you won’t need to revisit the same problem soon.
  3. They have the right equipment which you’d have to buy if you’re fixing it yourself.
  4. An excellent plumbing service such as Captain Plumber will get it done faster, allowing you to resume the use of your shower quickly.

Contact Captain Plumber to check your plumbing and valve, and get a quote within the same day.

bathtub faucet and shower valves with running water

10 Easy Steps To Replace Shower Valves

bathtub faucet and shower valves with running waterNobody likes a leaking faucet. All that precious water running down the drain with you unable to stop it.

Changing a shower valve might seem like rocket science. It doesn’t have to be that way. At Captain Plumber, we care about you. We are ready to guide you through any plumbing challenge you may face.

That is why we’ve outlined 10 easy-to-follow steps for changing your shower valve. You’d need to have a few tools handy before changing that valve and some of them include:

  • Allen wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hacksaws
  • Pliers
  • Utility knife

You’re good to go if you already have these in your toolbox. If you’re not sure you’d be able to successfully replace your shower valve, we are just a call away.

Here are 10 steps to changing your shower valve

  1. Turn Off Water Supply using the water stops. If you can’t find your shower’s water stops, turn off the water supply to the entire house till you’re done.
  2. Plug Your Shower Drain completely with a cloth. This prevents you from losing screws and other tiny components that may easily fall down the drain.
  3. Unscrew Your Shower Handle using a screwdriver and take it off the stem handle. Keep both the handle and screws in an easily accessible place for coupling later.
  4. Remove Trim Plate by unscrewing the screws on both sides of the trim plate and peeling off the wall. Keep both the screws and plate aside till you’re ready to screw them back on.
  5. Create An Access Hole by enlarging the hole behind the trim plate so you can easily reach the valve embedded in the wall.
  6. Remove Your Shower Valve’s Clip located on top of the valve using needle-nose pliers. Keep the metal clip aside in an easily accessible place.
  7. Remove The Shower Valve by firmly clasping the metal edge of the valve cartridge using a plier, and pulling it back and out till it comes loose.
  8. Insert The New Shower Valve into the vacant slot and slide gently in till it can’t go in anymore. Make sure the new valve cartridge is the same type as the one being replaced.
  9. Turn On Water Supply by loosening the water stops previously tightened. Turn on the water supply to the entire house if you turned it off before.
  10. Replace The Trim Plate over the access hole and screw it back in place using a screwdriver. Screw on the shower handle and turn it on to make sure it works.

Replacing a damaged shower valve does not need to drain your purse. You can either do it yourself or hire a professional plumber to get the job done.

Our skilled team of experienced plumbers at Captain Plumber is one of the best you’d find anywhere.

What are you waiting for then? We’re just a phone call away! Contact us today for a free consultation on your plumbing needs.