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How do I install an upgrade kit for my Artos F904-VO (pre-2014 model)?

If you suspect that your valve was installed before 2014 and you're experiencing issues with your hot water supply, it's important to determine if you need an upgrade kit. This article will guide you through the process of identifying whether your valve falls into this category and explain the steps to upgrade it effectively.

Identifying a Pre-2014 Valve

To check if your valve was installed prior to 2014, inspect the handle closely. If it features a circular set screw cover on the front, it's likely an older model. Examples of such handles are shown below:

 

 

Do I Need an Upgrade Kit?


If you have identified your valve as a pre-2014 model with the circular set screw cover, it's recommended to consider an upgrade kit. The kit includes a new cartridge designed to regulate and control water temperature effectively, addressing any temperature-related issues you may be experiencing.

About the Upgrade Kit


The F904-VO valve underwent significant upgrades in 2014, making the old cartridge unavailable for valves installed before the change. To facilitate the upgrade process, we have created a replacement kit that includes the following components:

  • Replacement cartridge
  • Screws for installation
  • A new alternative handle, designed to match our current product line


Pricing


The cost of the upgrade kit may vary depending on the finish and shape of the handle included in the kit. Typically, the price ranges from $50 to $65.

Choosing the Right Kit


Selecting the appropriate kit is crucial. Determine your valve's finish and shape of the handle, and then choose the corresponding option:

For Chrome Finish:

Square Handle in Chrome Kit

Round Handle in Chrome Kit

For Brushed Nickel Finish:

Square Handle in Brushed Nickel Kit

Round Handle in Brushed Nickel Kit

Installation Steps

To upgrade your valve successfully, follow these steps:

  • Start by removing the plug to access a screw.
  • Unscrew the screw and then remove the handle.
  • Pull the trim plate off the wall.
  • Remove the dress ring that becomes visible.
  • Turn off the hot and cold water using the service stops.
  • Carefully remove the old cartridge (it may be stiff).
  • Insert the new cartridge using the provided screws as leverage.
  • Remove the screws from the cartridge.
  • Turn the water back on and test for water tightness.
  • Replace the temperature ring and the chrome piece (which may feel loose).
  • Reattach the trim plate using silicone to secure the pieces in place.
  • The new handle attaches with a set screw on the underside.
  • Tighten the set screw with an Allen wrench.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide, watch our instructional video:

Purchasing the Upgrade Kit

To order the upgrade kit, visit the links below to explore the options available.

For Chrome Finish:

Square Handle in Chrome Kit

Round Handle in Chrome Kit

For Brushed Nickel Finish:

Square Handle in Brushed Nickel Kit

Round Handle in Brushed Nickel Kit

 

Updated on 16 Nov 2023