When you’re not getting any water before showering or water stops during a shower, then you’re likely experiencing a solenoid valve problem.
This is one of the most common issues you can experience with an electric shower of any kind. And it often happens because the solenoid is a pretty fragile metal part that can easily break when using.
Luckily, this has a solution: replacing the valve.
Here, we’re going over the entire process so you can test, check, and replace the solenoid if needed. Take a look further to learn more!
What Is a Solenoid Valve?
Before getting into our testing and replacing processes, let’s learn what a solenoid valve is first.
A solenoid is an electromagnetic valve. It operates with electricity and magnetism. For that, it is safe to say that a solenoid is an electronic part.
This part activates when you start the electric shower. When it activates, it opens and allows water to get into the shower. And when you turn the shower off, the solenoid deactivates and closes to prevent any water from passing through.
It is a simple component with the whole purpose of allowing or stopping water from passing through the shower.
Why Does a Solenoid Valve Break?
There’s no specific reason for this to happen, but it’s often just old age. Solenoids, like any other electromagnetic component, wear off over time and lose their functionality. This ends up in faulty showerheads that don’t want to deliver water anymore.
To fix that, the only way is to replace the entire solenoid valve completely. Let’s start with the removal process.
How to Remove a Solenoid Valve?
Before removing anything, make sure you follow all the necessary safety measures. First, close off the water delivery. There shouldn’t be any running water going through the pipes while you do this.
And second, disconnect or at least turn off the electricity to the shower. This will keep you safe while working.
Then, to remove the solenoid, you will have to:
- Open the electric shower and find the solenoid. It looks like a battery connected to two cables on its top. Disconnect the two wires, and you’ll have free access to the piece.
- In some models, you’ll have to take out a pump component as well before getting into the solenoid. Do it. This is often done with the use of a Torx driver or any other screwdriver accordingly.
- Once you have free access to the solenoid, you’ll have to take it out of the shower. For that, use the screwdriver once again, slide it into a side of the solenoid and push the piece out of the shower.
- By now, the solenoid should come right off without much trouble. If it is connected to the shower with screws, then unscrew accordingly
While removing the solenoid, you can take photos of the cables and how everything was connected to remember when you replace the piece.
Also, remember to be careful at all times. Otherwise, you may end up damaging other parts of the shower. So do your best to be gentle with all the components inside.
How to Replace the Solenoid
You will have to find the right solenoid for your shower model. This is not necessarily hard because most solenoids are universal and work for almost all devices.
However, it is crucial to make sure you have the proper size. So, use the old solenoid as an example so you can install a new one accordingly. Once you have the new solenoid, then you can proceed to install it. Here’s how:
- Place the new solenoid in. Screw it onto the shower if needed. Then plug any cables or wires according to how it was first connected.
- The component should pop into place in seconds. If not, then try to remove all other parts from where it goes to make it easier.
- By now, the valve should show some pins that go up when it fits well in the shower. If the pins don’t go up, then you may need to readjust.
- Here you can start turning everything back on. Start with the electricity, so the shower detects the new solenoid. Then slowly begin the water flow so you can see how the shower works now.
- If the solenoid was indeed the problem, then you should start experiencing normal water flow coming out of the shower. There shouldn’t be any water stoppage at any time now.
If the shower doesn’t spray water anymore, then it was probably never the electric shower with the problem. Here, you can start looking at the water pump, the pipes, and other parts related to the plumbing system. In that case, we recommend calling a professional so you can get your shower fixed in no time.
Fixing the issue when water stops during a shower will not be an easy job – but if you take our advice into consideration while doing so, you’ll have no problem.
Remember, if you can’t fix it yourself, then you can always call a professional. It may cost you a few bucks, but it will save you tons of time, frustration, and even money in the long run.