What Is a toilet mixing valve, and what does it do?
mixes a little hot water to the cold
water line going to the toilets, to
prevent the toilet tank from sweating.
Where can I find my mixing valve?
of the time you can find your toilet
mixing valve above the water
heater or boiler.
But some foolish
people put them in walls or other places
that are hard to find.
If a toilet mixing valve fails, it can
cause a number of problems.
It can cause hot
water to go into the toilet.
It can cause a loud
noise every time water is used in the
house or sometimes only when a toilet is
|But it can also make noise when any other fixture is
used. It allows cold water to get into the hot water lines and hot water in to
the cold water lines.
is what many toilet mixing valves look like, it has a hot water
inlet, a cold water inlet and a mixed outlet that goes to the
The amount of hot and cold water mixed water line can be adjusted by
the two valves on either side of the mixed water line.
This type of mixing valve can fail, this is why it needs to be
installed in an assessable location, when put into wall or other
places, it makes it impossible to find and replace.
I have found this type of toilet mixing valve to be unreliable, I
don't use them, if a toilet mixing valve fails I replace it with
2 spring check valves 1 for the hot water line, and one for the cold
water line, 1 half inch copper tee, 1 half inch sweat ball valve,
half inch copper pipe and what ever 1/2" copper fitting are needed
to make it all come together.
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is what it all looks like after I have replaced the old toilet
mixing valve with my new setup
Please note the little arrows on the pipes and the little notes.
I placed the 2 inline spring check valve, just before the 1/2"
copper tee that ties the hot and cold water lines together, this way
the hot water cannot backup into cold water line, and the cold
cannot go back into the hot water line.
Also I put the 1/2" ball valve on the hot water pipe going into my
new toilet water mixing valve. The ball valve can be tweaked, to
allow just the right amount of hot water, into the mixed water line,
the cold water valve can be full open.
The mixed water line, only goes to the toilets, if it is tied to any
other faucet, it will cause all kinds of water temperature problems
in your home.