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jenebowman
Showers cold water shuts off on its own with a "CLUNK"

We recently purchased a home that was built in 1958. Our bath room has a tub/shower combo. It has a 3 handle faucet.
Our issue is that you turn on the water, both the hot and cold taps to get the correct temperature and after less then a minute or two you hear a lound "clunk" and the cold water shuts off, the end result is you get scalded.

In order to keep from getting scalded you have to turn the faucets on wait and once you hear the "clunk" you turn the cold up to adjust the temperature and wait again. The faucet does not move, the water just shuts off.

This is a waste of water. Not to mention the scalding is not very fun!

Any suggestions on what may be the cause?

canuk
Re: Showers cold water shuts off on its own with a "CLUNK"

Does this also happen with the water running out the spout into the tub?

jenebowman
Re: Showers cold water shuts off on its own with a "CLUNK"

Yes, it doesn't matter if you have the shower head on or just it running through the spout.

canuk
Re: Showers cold water shuts off on its own with a "CLUNK"

That sound you hear is from the flow of water suddenly stoping. If there is a water shutoff check the washer to see if it requires replacing. Otherwise, it sounds as though the stem and /or seat needs overhauling. It would be a good idea to do both the hot and cold along with the diverter at the same time.

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