How to Remove Flow Restrictor from Moen Shower Head

How to Remove Flow Restrictor from Moen Shower Head

Knowing how to fix a couple of issues in your bathroom can give you peace of mind. After all, the last thing you want is your family complaining about how bad the shower is and how they can’t get a relaxing shower after a long way, or even worse when you get to pay a plumber to come to fix minor problems you could fix yourself. One of the most important skills you need to learn is how to remove flow restrictors from the Moen shower head.

You might be taking a nice cold bath and you notice the flow of water from the moen shower head reducing or there is no pressure at all. There is a certain pressure that we like to see the water from the shower flowing; therefore, when you start noticing a slight change, the shower no longer feels enjoyable. When this happens, it could be an indication that the flow restrictor is clogged. A significant number of companies, including Moen fix a flow restrictor at the neck of the showerhead to conserve water.

Although the flow restrictor is handy, at times it can give you a headache, and one of the most common problems you are likely to experience is clogging. When this problem is not looked into, you may have to buy a new shower head.

When removing clogs in a Moen shower head, you need to be extremely careful because a wrong move could damage the threads in the showerhead.

Tools You’ll Need

To prevent any unforeseen problems when removing flow restrictions from your Moen shower head, follow these simple steps:

Step 1

Place a cloth on the showerhead connection as you tighten the jaws with the adjustable wrench. Secure the shower pipe near the wall with one hand and turn the showerhead connector in a counterclockwise direction using an adjustable wrench.

Step 2

Gently remove the rubber O ring gasket with your fingers. Don’t remove the ring with anything other than your fingers as this could damage it because of its delicate nature. Place the palm of your hand on the showerhead and shake the screen loose until it comes out of the showerhead

Step 3

Use a screwdriver to insert into the corner tip of the shower head’s flow restrictor. Find the flow restrictor, which is a flat plastic piece in the neck of the showerhead with small perforations.

Step 4

Use a screwdriver to slowly remove the flow restrictor out of the neck of the showerhead. You need to be extremely careful when dealing with the inner threads of the showerhead to avoid damage.

Step 5

Place the screen back into the showerhead and put back the O ring against the screen, ensuring it is secured and tight. In order to ensure that it is tight and secure, use plumber tape to wrap around the shower arm threads. Thread back the Moen shower head to the shower arm in order to be able to turn it using your hand.

Step 6

Use a cloth (again laid on the connection) to hold the shower arm and turn the connections gently with the adjustable wrench. When completing this last step, you will be able to remove flow restriction for the Moen shower head successfully and put everything together.

Before you perform the steps listed above on how to remove the flow restrictor from the showerhead, make sure that you close all water faucets and the showerhead must be completely drained off the water before you commence.

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7 Comments

  1. Pam Bailey says:

    I have the Costco purchased Engage Magnetix 26010SRN. After removing the gasket there is the plastic gear that changes output from shower to handheld. It appears that the restrictor is not locatable as it must be on the other side of the head switching gear. If anyone knows how to remove restrictor without breaking the shower head, please let me know!

    1. Hi Pam, I bought the same shower head and it took me some time to figure it out, but I got the restrictor out. It is the blue piece in the part of the shower closest to the wall pipe. Take out the X shaped plastic, then turn it over and “pop” the blue piece out from the back with a thin screwdriver (through the hole). I just tested it and wow. What a difference.

      1. Thanks Dave. That was very helpful. I just removed the restrictor and works great.

  2. I have the Costco purchased Engage Magnetix 26010SRN. After removing the gasket there is the plastic gear that changes output from shower to handheld.
    Is the restrictor opposite the ball in the connector? When I remove the washer there is no screen just a white plastic device with a very small o ring in center. It is lodged tightly is this what is to be removed?

  3. Rick Meshaw says:

    how do you remove the ball joint from the moen adler shower head/

  4. Rick Meshaw says:

    How do you remove the threaded ball connector from a moen adler shower head?

  5. The restrictor is NOT in the shower head, it is in the “ball pipe” that allows the head to bend. The pipe between the wall pipe and shower head

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