I inherited an expensive handheld Hansgrohe Raindance shower head with
my condo. It functions fine but excessive water flows around the rim of
the head rather than through the jets. [This is not a connector issue.]
Soaking in CLR did not help. I would like to disassemble and renew any
O rings or whatever but there is no obvious non-destructive means.
Hansgrohe is no help [and the warranty so limited as to be useless].
Has anyone ever done this? Hints?
I would try the CLR again - perhaps several days of soaking &
rinsing ? There's a <dreaded > Fixya link below ..
If it is iron deposits causing a blockage - Iron-Out or Iron-X
are two products for removing iron deposits
eg in water softeners ..
Sometimes these devices are not meant to be taken apart ever -
so damaging it - by trial & error might be worse than spending some
more time & effort soaking it .. ?
Good luck. John T.
On 8/9/2017 5:49 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Please explain how soaking will seal the leaking joints. No matter how
long you soak, if the head is designed to deliver say 3 gpm through the
jets and you have piping to supply it with 6 gpm, any openings will leak.
If the gaskets are shot or seams split, nothing is going to stop the
leak other than sealing it.
Yes, been there, done that.
Hansgrohe only tells you how to soak to clean the jets. [In German, as
well as English.]
My jets are not clogged. Water is properly emitted from each jet. The
issue is that excess water flows around the rim of the movable plate
which holds the jets.
On Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 8:57:16 PM UTC-4, John Keiser wrote:
Like someone said, many of these things, even expensive ones, are not
made to be taken apart and repaired. One indication would be if spare
parts are available for the shower head. If not, it's a fair bet it's
not meant to be serviceable. And from the description of the problem,
it sounds like even if you can get it apart, it's going to need a new
seal. If you can't find that online, taking it apart probably isn't
going to solve the leaking. I've had a few of these over the years
and haven't had one that comes apart to service. They last 5 or ten
years, then it's time for another. Not sure how much better the more
expensive ones are.
One problem with these in general is it's hard to figure out how good
they are before it's too late. You can read reviews on Amazon, but
there are so many brands and models, it's a big mess. And looking at
them at HD doesn't do much, how they look and how well they work are
two different things.
For the cost of an email you can ask if they service them. You never
know how they may respond, even out of warranty.
If that does not work, one of the plumbing supply houses here has a bath
showroom and you can try out various heads and hand helds on display.
We ended up with Delta.
In alt.home.repair, on Thu, 10 Aug 2017 04:38:07 -0400, Jason
Very interesting. With an "expert setup" it's $87 more, but the next
line says he's a handyman. I don't think a handyman is an expert.
Either a master? plumber or an Sh.D. would be an expert (Doctor of
I remodeled a bathroom, and the plumber raved about Hansgrohe, and
that's all he wanted to install. They are expen$ive. When all was said
and done, yes, they looked nice, but I don't think they work any better
or will last any longer than a Delta or Price Pfister. When they fail,
you don't fix them, you replace them.
I don't care for the shower valve, because there's only one volume
setting, which is full on. You can't adjust it for less volume. I
didn't know that until it was installed and I first used it. It's a big
water waster that cost around $400. The handle on it moves across a 180
degree arc (any position is full volume), but the first 140 degrees of
arc is cold to slightly warm. The next 40 degrees of arc is warm to all
I'd leave it alone, or just get a run of the mill replacement. As you
probably know, there are many that work fine at much less cost...$25 to
$60 or so, depending on how many sprays you want. In the end, I end up
using one spray anyway.
replying to trader_4, Will KIng wrote:
March 15, 2018: Just came from the professional plumbing distributor. He told me
there is a tool that fits into all the tiny hole in the black, center circle.
That center is threaded and when unscrewed will allow access to some (not all )
of the inner workings and will allow better cleaning and diagnosing of the
problem (water squirting out the sides of the outer ring). He had a similar tool
for a Delta but none for HansGrohe. No mention of the tool in the HansGrohe
website, big surprise. I will try to fabricate something and wreck this damned
thing if nothing else. I bought a $30 shower wand just in case.
replying to trader_4, Will KIng wrote:
March 15, 2018: Just came from the professional plumbing distributor. He told
me there is a tool that fits into all the tiny hole in the black, center
circle. That center is threaded and when unscrewed will allow access to some
(not all ) of the inner workings and will allow better cleaning and diagnosing
of the problem (water squirting out the sides of the outer ring). He had a
similar tool for a Delta but none for HansGrohe. No mention of the tool in the
HansGrohe website, big surprise. I will try to fabricate something and wreck
this damned thing if nothing else. I bought a $30 shower wand just in case.
On Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 12:44:10 PM UTC-5, Nanc wrote:
I think you already know the solution. You're hosed. I've had a few of
these, not HG, but others and I've yet to see one that is designed to be
taken apart so you can put a new seal in, or clean it out, etc. I have
HG fixtures in most of the house. In the kitchen, the faucet sprayer head
developed similar problems at about 15 years. I considered the options
and went with a new Delta faucet. That lasted 10 years, now I'm on
the next one, a Glacier Bay. If you go look at even $300 faucets and
shower heads, from what I've seen, they are still mostly plastic, so
not sure what those extra $$$ really get you. Something lower price,
but still stylish, might be a better strategy, especially if you DIY
and put in a new one.
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