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I have a Grohe thermostatic shower valve that runs very hot. I realize I probably just need to replace the cartridge, but I'm a much better electrician than plumber! I'm pretty sure the model name is Seabury. I found the following numbers on it: A112 18.M 0504-51

What are the next steps? I think the black plastic thing needs to come off to get to the cartridge, but I don't want to break anything trying to get it off.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Grohe valve body Grohe Seaburry removed cover and handle

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Purchase the replacement, it comes with a tool you will need to remove the cartridge. Before you start turn the water off both hot and cold.

  • The tricky part is finding the set screw that holds the handle on the stem. They all have a set screw. Remove the screw and put it in a safe place, I generally use an old prescription bottle.
  • Work the handle loose, it may take a bit of jiggling.
  • It is possible there is an adapter plate below that, remove that as well.
  • Next use the tool and remove the ring, by unscrewing the big nut behind it, the tool pulls the cartridge out. Here is a link showing how to remove the cartridge
  • Just reverse the process to install the new one. There should be instructions with the replacement cartridge.
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    – FreeMan
    Sep 3 at 13:58
  • Additionally, a lot of your answer focuses on removing the handle and trim which the OP obviously knows how to do since he provided a pic with those removed. It could be helpful, however, for future readers.
    – FreeMan
    Sep 3 at 13:59

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