How to Determine the Shower Faucet Type

If you need to replace parts on your shower faucet to stop a leak or repair damage, you have to know the type of faucet it is. It also helps to learn the brand name of the manufacturer of your faucet, since each brand has different repair parts. Finding out the type and brand requires some skill and persistence but when you know where to look, the job becomes much easier. You'll need few tools and about 10 minutes to complete this job.

Step 1

Assess the faucet and determine how many handles it has. If it is has two handles, it is a double-handle faucet. If it has one handle, it is a single-handle faucet. If the faucet has three handles, it is a rare three-handle model. If there are no handles but a series of buttons on a large panel, the faucet is a panel shower.

Step 2

Look at the center of the trim plate behind the shower handle to find a brand name or manufacturer symbol. If you see a "K," the faucet is a Kohler unit; an "M" signifies Moen. American Standard, Delta and Price Pfister typically print their entire name on the faucet.

Step 3

Look at the shower head above the faucet handle and inspect how it connects to the plumbing. If there is a hose running from the shower head to the shower pipe behind it, you have a handset shower head. If the shower head is mounted right to the shower pipe extending from the wall, it is a fixed or mounted shower head.

Step 4

Inspect the face of the shower head for a manufacturer name or symbol and then look for different nozzle patterns in the shower head to indicate massage or pulsating functions. Look for buttons on the side of the handle to indicate a control pad for the shower massage and pulsating functions.

Step 5

Point the shower head away from you and into the shower area. Turn on the water and press the buttons on the shower handset. If you see individual bursts of water from the shower head, you have a pulsating or massage shower head.

Step 6

List all the features you have found along with the brand name to find out the type of shower faucet you own.