How do I know what Moen shower cartridge I need?

Asked By: Happy Sethi | Last Updated: 12th January, 2020
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The easiest way to find the Moen shower valve replacement cartridge you need is to know the series or model number of your Moen bathroom faucet. Exact information for these comes with any paperwork you have received when you first installed the original shower faucet (hopefully you saved it).

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Similarly, it is asked, how do I know what shower cartridge I need?

For sink faucets, look at the front of the spout. The logo may also be on the base of the spout, where it meets the sink, either on the front or the back. For shower faucets, look on the round plate (escutcheon) behind the handle, on the handle itself, or perhaps on the actual valve behind the wall.

Secondly, how long do Moen cartridges last? 20 to 30 years

Just so, are all Moen shower cartridges the same?

There is absolutely NO difference between the Moen 1222 vs 1222B replacement cartridges. They are both the replacement part cartridge for the Posi Temp Moen shower valve. They are made from the same parts, the only difference is their packaging and model number.

How much does it cost to replace shower cartridge?

If not, cartridges I have seen run from about $15-60 - the changeout and initial temperature setting will probably be minimum service charge assuming it can be changed by just removing a decorative faceplate - from $75-175 labor normally except can be more in extremem high cost big city areas - normally around $125

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Does Moen replace cartridges for free?

Limited Warranty - If this product fails due to a defect in materials or workmanship within one year of original purchase, Moen will replace it free of charge, postage-paid. Simply contact Moen at 1-800-BUY-MOEN for replacement information.

How much does it cost to replace a faucet cartridge?

Expect to pay anywhere from $150 to $350 for the installation of a tub faucet. You'll need to make sure and keep your faucet in line with the plumbing for the tub.

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How often do you replace shower cartridge?

Unfortunately, the answer to how often you need to replace your shower filter cartridge is not quite as easy as saying 'every six months' or 'every 12 months. ' The reason being is that 'average' use when it comes to a shower filter is better defined as 'best case scenario' use.

Where do I find my faucet model number?

The model number is printed on a tag that is attached to the cold water supply line of the faucet. The supply line is located below the sink, countertop, bath rim, or behind the bowl of a bidet. The model number, or part number, is typically preceded by "P/N."

Do I need to replace shower valve?


Why You Should Consider Checking Your Shower Valves
If there are drips, that's a good indication that you should think about replacing the valve. Because, not only are you wasting water, but water that leaks behind the wall can cause rot as well as mold and mildew growth.

Do all shower valves have cartridges?

Cartridge valves are one of four types of valves that you'll find inside a faucet, and they are particularly well-suited for shower faucets. A cartridge has holes that regulate water flow and temperature when you turn the handle, and it offers more precise control than other types of faucets.

Do all Moen faucets have cartridges?

Fits all Moen two-handle kitchen and lavatory faucets and two- and three-handle tub/shower faucets created prior to the launch of our Duralast® two-handle cartridges. The 1224 and Duralast cartridges are not interchangeable.

Where is Moen model number?

The model/series number is usually a four or five digit number beginning with "7" or "8" and may be followed by letters. The series number may sometimes be found on the underside of the spout. The series number is often found on the back of the decorative ring located at the bottom of the spout.

What does a Moen shower cartridge do?

As with any faucet brand, a Moen shower valve contains working parts that can go bad over time. Moen pressure-balance shower valves are designed so they sense hot and cold water pressure and keep them in balance, preventing the shower from sudden surges of hot or cold water.

Are Moen shower valves universal?


For many years Moen tub/shower valves have been manufactured using one of three valves. These valves are Standard, Posi-Temp and Moentrol. Although the look is similar, the trim is not necessarily interchangeable. If this is the way your Moen valve operates, any Posi-Temp trim will fit.

How much is a Moen cartridge?

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What is a Moen Posi Temp cartridge?

A PosiTemp faucet is a temperature-sensitive shower faucet manufactured exclusively by Moen. But because of its temperature-sensitive design, a Moen PosiTemp valve prevents children and adults from getting scalded or hit by an unexpected blast of icy-cold water while taking a shower.

How do you change a Moen 1225 shower cartridge?

Using a Philips screwdriver unscrew the handle screw. Pull the handle off from the faucet and pull the limit stop off. Remove the washer from the cartridge and use pliers to remove the retaining clip. Pull the stemp up on the old cartridge to relieve any pressure in the faucet.

How does Moen cartridge work?

The cartridge has an outer shell. There are matching hot and cold water ports near the rear of the shell. Two O-Rings, on each side of the ports, prevent hot and cold water from flowing along the outside of the shell in either direction front or back.

Why do shower cartridges fail?


There are several reasons why the cartridge may have failed; the number one cause is an imbalance in water pressure between the mains cold pressure and the heated hot water. This constant in-balance between the two will cause damage to the cartridge which is housed within the valve.

What is the difference between Moen Posi Temp and Moentrol?

The Moentrol Valve has volume control which controls the water flow rate so you get the amount of water you want at the temperature you desire. The Moentrol has a flow rate of 7.5gpm while the PosiTemp has a flow rate of 6.3gpm. The Moentrol valve operates by pulling the knob out to control flow.