Looking for reviews on the Moen PosiTemp® shower valve? Get honest feedback from an experienced plumbing professional here…
As licensed plumbing contractors we often get asked about the performance of individual products. Because shower valves are something most use nearly every day, it is important to consumers to have reliability in their plumbing fixtures.
With our vast experience replacing, repairing, and installing shower valves over the last decade, we felt it necessary to provide our honest review of the Moen PosiTemp® shower valve.
First, let us start with some features of the valve.
- PosiTemp® scald protection
- Complies with ADA specifications
- Meets EPA WaterSense® criteria
- Rated by the ASSE
- M•PACT® common change system
- Easy to use and stylish
- Limited lifetime warranty
- Widely available in hardware stores
Moen packs a bunch of useful features into this shower valve. Through its design process, Moen makes the shower cartridge very easy to remove and replace. Because of this design, many plumbing contractors prefer Moen shower valves, due to the ease of cartridge replacement.
Moen’s most notable feature is their limited lifetime warranty, which is conveyed in their esteemed slogan- Moen. Buy it for looks. Buy it for life.® In our experience, Moen actually lives up to that motto. The warranty on their shower valve is second to none.
When consumers reach out to us regarding their shower valve needs, they will commonly ask us a list of questions. Below, we have listed the most common questions we receive with their respective answers.
How long should this shower valve last?
The great part about the shower valve housing is that changing out the shower cartridge allows you to extend the operational life of the shower valve. In our many years of plumbing experience, we have seen Moen shower valves last 20+ years. With Moen’s limited lifetime warranty, you are assured a valve that will outlast most competitors.
What is the warranty Moen provides?
Limited lifetime warranty against leaks, drips and finish defects to the original consumer purchaser. Five-year warranty if used in commercial installations. If the shower valve leaks during the warranty period, Moen will send a replacement part free of charge. More information regarding the warranty can be viewed here:
How difficult is it to replace the shower cartridge?
Replacing the cartridge is simple. The water does need to be turned off to the home before replacement. With a few simple tools, a cartridge swap out can be completed in 10 minutes or less.
What is PosiTemp®?
Behind the shower valve handle, a part called “temperature limit stop” can be adjusted to control how far the handle can be turned. Restricting the rotation of the handle will also limit the temperature increase. This feature is particularly useful when small children use the shower, as it will safeguard them from getting scalded.
What does Pressure-Balance mean?
When taking a shower, have you ever noticed when someone else flushes the toilet your shower water instantly turns scalding hot? Because of this common problem, Moen developed the valve to equalize the incoming water pressure. This balance of pressure keeps the water temperature constant and avoids scalding if someone else uses water.
What is Moen M•PACT®?
This feature makes changing the color or style of your fixture a breeze.
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Don’t like the handle on your shower valve? Want to upgrade or change the color? M-Pact system allows you to modify, without needing to replace the shower valve located in the wall.
What is EPA WaterSense?
The EPA recognizes product designs that are environmentally conscious. When products meet specific requirements, the EPA will label them with a WaterSense sticker. More on this can be read here:
What does Legendary Home Services think of this valve?
After many years servicing and installing shower valves, the Moen PosiTemp® tops our list of favorite shower valves. The valve is affordable and provides a long life backed by the exceptional warranty. Our customers give us feedback that consists of praises and compliments regarding Moen’s PosiTemp® shower valve.
We give this valve five-stars and our highest recommendations.