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 quality of Symmons shower controls?
Author: jeffw_00

For our new shower we found a Symmons one-handle control we liked - how is their quality compared to Delta, Moen,etc?

We have a symmons now (classic temptrol) and after 10 years it seems to be getting a bit flakey

thanks
/j

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 Re: quality of Symmons shower controls?
Author: Anonymous User

Symmons is better than average in the world of fixtures, We have installed them for many years but have switched to delta and moen mainly because there cheaper to service and you have so many more styles to choice from, guess we also just got sick of the same old symmons look year after year...decade after decade same valve, same look.MP

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 Re: quality of Symmons shower controls?
Author: jeffw_00

Actually, Symmons has an updated model that looks pretty snazzy - we went with it because we wanted the diverter on the control (hate bending down to the spout).

why are symmons more costly to service?

(ps -I'm in MA too)

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 Re: quality of Symmons shower controls?
Author: packy (MA)

symmons doesn't lead the pack in styling but they are extremely reliable valves. they just don't break. the cartridge to repair them(if needed) is not as expensive as some of the grohe or other high line european models. i use s-96-1 or s-96-2 all the time..

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 Re: quality of Symmons shower controls?
Author: Anonymous User

yea, that model has been out for about 8 years but it's the same valve body and the diverter control ( as one of my customers put it) feels cheap and loose. Both Moen and delta have diverter control on the valve body.Not putting down symmons but we just thought it was time for a change,besides our older customers love how easy it is to turn/off a washerless valve.Most of the time we install a 2 or 3 way diverter above the valve anyway so a standard shower valve is find for us.Good luck and hope you enjoy your new valve. MP

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 Re: quality of Symmons shower controls?
Author: Anonymous User

Thought I'd throw in my 2 cents re: Symmons. Our company uses them exclusively, unless a customer supplies a different brand. I don't know what the original poster meant when he wrote his is "flaky" after 10 years. Symmons valves use brass internal parts (with the exception of the diverter), whereas Delta uses plastic internal parts. The Symmons valve body is also a much heavier brass than Delta. As far as Symmons being allegedly expensive to service, I'm not sure I agree with that statement. Look at Moen, a replacement cartridge for their shower valve was at least $30 last time I checked - and it's plastic! The pressure-balancing spindle in a Symmons valve can be affected by poor water quality (i.e., sediment, dirt, high mineral content), but they're quite easy to replace. Symmons has begun offering more updated trim options. Unlike a ceramic or cartridge style valve, Symmons is a compression style valve, which means you have to give the handle a good, firm snug when you shut it off, so it doesn't drip. All in all, a good valve for the money, and parts are easily available, which is a big plus for service plumbers.

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 Re: quality of Symmons shower controls?
Author: Dunbar (KY)

Symmons valves are almost non-existant in my area, and you can't buy them anywhere.


Never could figure out why they aren't more prevalent in this area.

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 Re: quality of Symmons shower controls?
Author: Anonymous User

years ago they offered a free tour of there factory, free lunch and a free s-96-2.

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 quality of Symmons shower controls?
Author: Wheelchair (IL)

Flacky,eh? Now that is pretty plumbing descriptive, lol.
Symmons makes an excellent shower valve that is priced on the mid to higher end. It offers both tempering and pressure balancing which makes it idea for the commercial markets like hotels and motels who are concearned about HOT water and its negative effects on the young and old body.
Because the valve is brass, it requires annual maintainance with an occassional white vinegar dip to remove minerals and scale deposits from its spindle with a gas operated piston that must move freely.
After 10 years of use... you just may need a new spindle to renew your "Flacky Valve."
Best Wishes

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 Re: quality of Symmons shower controls?
Author: jeffw_00

I've had trouble finding Delta or Moen's with a builti-n diverter at the handle. If you know one that's similar in looks to the upgraded Symmons, can you post model #s?

thanks
/j

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 Re: quality of Symmons shower controls?
Author: Anonymous User

It could have something to do with geography. The Symmons factory (which I have visited) is located in Massachusetts, less than 50 miles from the area I work in.

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 Re: quality of Symmons shower controls?
Author: Anonymous User

Massplumber,
I went on a Symmons plant tour about two years ago, as part of my plumbing class. Our plumbing school chartered a tour bus. There must have been nearly 70 of us. They treated us to an excellent dinner buffet, but no shower valves were given away, unfortunately.

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