Hot water leaks from tub spout during showers

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by steve42, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. steve42

    steve42 New Member

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    We have a Price Pfister 3-handle tub/shower assembly in our front bath that is probably about 15 years old.

    Because we are remodeling the master bathroom, my wife and I have been using this bath along with the kids. We have observed a steady stream of water from the tub spout when the taking showers. I know that this is typically indicative of the washer in the diverter failing. The strange thing is that it seems the water that is leaking is hot, not the same temperature as what is coming from the shower head. Is it possible that the leak is only of hot water, or are we simply feeling it as warmer because it is a contiguous stream and not as spread out as the shower spray?

    Thanks,

    Steve
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    The water is closer to the source and not aerated.

    You need to replace the loose washer (950-040) that goes over the stem of the diverter.

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  3. Hackney plumbing

    Hackney plumbing Homeowner

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    I would use 950-040 for that problem. I believe the 950-050 is the cap gasket.
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  4. steve42

    steve42 New Member

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    For the money, I'll buy both to make sure.

    I will check Lowe's and/or Home Depot on the way home. The online vendors want to sell me the parts for under $1.00 with $10 shipping!

    Thanks!

    Steve
  5. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    I like to buy the stem with washer and the seat for it. Not that the seat is the problem with your situation though. As a plumber, if I don't replace the seat, I may need to come back too soon.
  6. steve42

    steve42 New Member

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    I apologize for delaying on my reply here, but we got busy with all of our remodeling efforts and I actually forgot about this repair (and the subsequent advice) until our kids began complaining about there being no hot water when they showered. They began using our master shower instead until I could buy the part (and take the time) to repair it.

    For future reference for folks who stumble upon this thread, don't go to Lowe's or Home Depot for the parts to repair this problem. The washer 950-040 you actually need to repair this problem is not sold there. I wound up buying a whole new diverter stem.

    Also, apparently the PF stem I have is a short shank version; the new stem was much too long. I just used the washers from the new assembly and rebuilt my old stem. Anyway, it fixed the problem.

    The 950-040 washer can be purchased online a few places, but they will eat you alive on shipping unless you are buying other parts as well. If I had gone to a local professional plumbing supply house, I probably could have saved $10-15 on the repair, but otherwise, I believe this solved our problems.

    Thanks Terry and everyone else... excellent advice as always! :cool:

    Steve
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; I wound up buying a whole new diverter stem.

    I NEVER repair a diverter, and ALWAYS replace the entire stem. You have the Verve style, but bought the diverter for Classic version. They do not always interchange in the bonnet because there are sometimes a thread pitch difference.
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