Every once in a while, there may be an issue with a residential steam shower, in which the water coming out of the shower is too hot or too cold. You may have experienced this issue before even in a regular, non-computerized shower.

There are some things you can do to troubleshoot this temperature issue. After all, no one wants to take a super cold or a super hot shower, and everyone has their own personal preferences for shower temperature. Additionally, you may prefer to use your shower at a hotter temperature during the winter months and at a cooler temperature during the summer months.

The thermostatic valve in the shower mixes the hot and cold water. You choose how hot or cold you want the water by turning the valve towards the hot or the cold side.

Thermostatic Mixing Valve for Steam Showers

This is a photo of a thermostatic mixing value, which has been taken apart.

Problem: The water in my shower is too cold.

If the water in your shower is too cold, the check valve located just before the thermostatic mixer may be damaged or blocked. Sometimes, the center rings inside the check valve may melt and may block the valve. Your shower is too cold because no hot water is able to enter the shower through the check valve.

If there is no problem with the check valve, check the condition of the water line connections and hoses. The hose is braided steel and goes from the wall of the bathroom to the shower. Sometimes, these hoses become kinked and block the water from entering the shower. If there’s a kink in a connection or something inside the hose is blocking the connection, the shower will not receive hot water. You may be able to solve this problem by straightening out the hose.

If none of the problems above exist, then you may be experiencing a problem with your hot water heater. Check that your water heater is functioning correctly; it may have to be maintained.

Problem: The water in my shower gets really hot and cold, but I can’t use warm water.

Sometimes, the thermostatic mixing valve in the shower is clogged and needs to be cleaned. When this happens, the shower will release very cold water and very hot water, but you will not be able to find a warm, in-between temperature.

To fix this, take apart the valve and clean it. You should clean and lubricate the inside of the thermostatic mixing valve once a year to prevent clogging. You can clean the inside with a toothbrush. Also, use a silicone based water proof grease on the moving parts of the valve.

If cleaning the thermostatic mixing valve does not fix the problem, then the mixing valve may be failing. You will need a replacement thermostatic mixing valve.

If you’ve followed these instructions, and your steam shower is still not functioning properly, call our technical support staff at 714-622-1550. We will be happy to walk you through these steps and help you fix the problem.

What is aromatherapy? You’ve probably practiced aromatherapy without knowing it whenever you light a candle, incense burner or oil warmer. Aromatherapy is the use of oils extracted from plants. The oils have positive effects on the mind, body and the environment in which you live.

In addition to having medicinal uses, essential oils can also be used around the home. You can use essential oils in almost any room, including the bathroom. For example, see our blog post Use Aromatherapy Oils in Steam Showers.

Aromatherapy is easy to do and can help you relax, get you through a cold, help you clean and more. Read on for some information on common essential oils used in aromatherapy.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is derived from an evergreen tree that originally grows in Australia. Eucalyptus has been used for its medicinal properties by the Aboriginals, as well as in China and India.

The use of eucalyptus oil can fight headaches, coughs, colds, bronchitis and more. Eucalyptus is a natural antiseptic, fever reducer, anti-inflammatory, pain reliever and decongestant. It’s also an analgesic and can be used to treat dental problems. It will also reduce stress and exhaustion.

Use eucalyptus in your home to fight stains, to repel unwanted bugs and to clean laundry and carpets.

Lemon Oil

Lemon oil comes from another evergreen tree that appears in Asia and is now grown around the world. Lemon has historically been used medicinally in India.

The oil from the lemon tree is effective at clearing the mind, treating sadness and improving moods. It’s also antibacterial and can be used to soothe a sore throat and treat fevers and coughs.

You can use lemon oil to make your skin softer and to lighten the complexion of your skin. Just add lemon oil to homemade scrubs for your hands and body.

Lemon oil is also antibacterial, degreases in the kitchen and removes calcium build up in the bathroom. You can use it to clean kitchen cutting boards and in the dishwasher to prevent spots on your dishes.

Peppermint Oil

The peppermint plant is a hybrid of the spearmint plant and the watermint plant. It originated in Europe.

Peppermints most unique use is the treatment of stomach ailments. Peppermint oil can treat stomach pain, irritable bowel syndrome and nausea.

Peppermint isn’t just good for your stomach; it will also improve concentration and memory. Eat a peppermint candy or drink peppermint tea before an important test. The peppermint will also reduce stress and anxiety.

It’s also a natural antispasmodic, expectorant and has a cooling property. Use it with water to rinse your mouth, to treat allergies and to soothe you throat.

Other uses of peppermint include using it as a pesticide and to repel spiders, to treat a sunburn, to reduce motion sickness. It is also antifungal.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil comes from the lavender flower, which is a part of the mint family. It is known for its pleasing scent.

Lavender treats insect bites, headaches, acne and burns. It will also improve sleep and help you relax. You can put drops of lavender oil on someone’s pillow to help them fall asleep and stay calm.

Use lavender around your house to improve areas that smells. For example, you can spray your bathroom with a mixture of water and lavender oil. You can also put drops of lavender oil on cotton balls and place the cotton balls in your closet to combat old smells.

If you like to clean with vinegar, add some lavender oil to your cleaning mixture to avoid the unpleasant smell of vinegar. Lavender is also antibacterial and cleans wood floors.

Ariel Platinum steam showers on Steam Showers Inc come equipped with aromatherapy systems. Put essential oils in the aromatherapy system and the scents will be infused into your shower. Enjoy and relax with aromatherapy and the calming effects of steam.

Today, relax in your steam shower with the sounds of singer and songwriter John Legend. Legend’s music is just the right amount of soulful and emotional to sit back to during a steam.