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Price Pfister Shower Repair
There are various signs that a Price Pfister shower could use a cartridge repair or replacement. A Price Pfister pull and turn tub and shower valve handle can become very hard to pull out. Replacing the cartridge will fix this problem but simply lubricating the o-rings on the cartridge can solve the issue as well.
Another problem caused by a worn out Price Pfister shower cartridge is a water drip when the shower is turned off. Once again replacing the cartridge can quickly fix the problem.
These two issues are common with Price Pfister Avante cartridges and I will show you how to quickly remove and replace or remove and lubricate the cartridge to fix the problem.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Turn Off The Water
The first step is to shut off the water. You can technically remove the handle and trim plate first, but you run a chance on turning the cartridge on while removing the handle and therefore getting yourself wet. From experience, I can tell you it is always a good idea to start a project by shutting off the water just to be safe.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Remove The Handle
There is a cap covering the handle screw that can be popped off easily using a flat screwdriver so you can access the screw. Loosen the handle screw and simply pull the handle straight out away from the wall to remove it.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Remove Escutcheon And Trim Plate
Unscrew the escutcheon by turning it counter clockwise. This should be done by hand if possible to avoid damaging it during the process.
Next, remove the trim plate by either twisting it off or by unscrewing it as necessary (they can vary slightly). You should now have a view of the valve and cartridge. At this point, you will want to make sure the water if off before proceeding.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Pull Out The Cartridge
To pull the cartridge out of the valve first you must remove the nut that holds the cartridge in place. Unscrew the large nut by turning counter clockwise with pliers. This nut can be hard to remove, especially for an older valve, so you may want to put some penetrating oil on the threads if it is giving you trouble.
With the nut removed the cartridge can be pulled straight out of the valve with pliers.
Note: It can be difficult to get a good grip on the cartridge. One trick that can help is to put the handle screw back onto the end of the cartridge and use it to get a better grip on the cartridge.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Replace Or Lubricate The CartridgeReplace - With the cartridge out you can replace it with the new cartridge by putting the new one in the same way that the old one came out. Push the new cartridge into position, screw the nut back on, and test (see below) before putting the trim and handle back on.
Repair - If the problem is a stiff handle and not a leak you can try lubricating the cartridge to see if that resolves the issue. Use silicone grease to lubricate the o-rings on the old cartridge to help it move smoothly in the valve body. Put the cartridge back in and test it.
Test - With the cartridge and the large nut back on you can turn the water back on to test the shower before putting the rest of the trim back on. Turn the shower on and off, then try turning it from hot to cold and back. If it is working properly you can put the rest of the trim and handle back together and you are done.
Note: You may need to caulk around the trim plate to prevent any water from getting behind the plate if the old seal is worn down.