Pfister 974-291 Pressure Balance Cartridge

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Technical Specs

Pressure Balance Cartridge

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Our SKU: 974-291

This product is listed under the following manufacturer number(s):

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    974-291

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4 Questions from the Community

  • The Pfister 974-291 may fit any one of these Series or Collections. The 02, 04, 08, 808, 100, R89, T02 and T04 Series along with the Bedford, Catalina, Contempra, Georgetown, Portland, Portola, Pro and Savannah Collections.

    Is part #974-291

    A. The Pfister 974-291 may fit any one of these Series or Collections. The 02, 04, 08, 808, 100, R89, T02 and T04 Series along with the Bedford, Catalina, Contempra, Georgetown, Portland, Portola, Pro and Savannah Collections.

  • The Pfister 974-291 does replace the 974-491 (cartridge) if before 1997 for many Pfister Shower Faucets. Other than that Pfister doesn't give much information to answer weather this is the only pressure balanced cartridge to replace others.

    Is this the only balance cartridge to replace pfister faucets?

    A. The Pfister 974-291 does replace the 974-491 (cartridge) if before 1997 for many Pfister Shower Faucets. Other than that Pfister doesn't give much information to answer weather this is the only pressure balanced cartridge to replace others.

  • The Pfister 974-291 includes all of that and Pfister is unable to sell them seperately.

    Is there an oring, seal and spring kit available for this part?

    A. The Pfister 974-291 includes all of that and Pfister is unable to sell them seperately.

  • The Pfister 974-291 should work just fine if you only have cold water running to it.

    does this pressure balance cartridge pfister # 974 291 work properly if the hot water is shut off and only cold water is running will it function properly

    A. The Pfister 974-291 should work just fine if you only have cold water running to it.

Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shower control pressure balance One day it was fine and the next day I only had scalding hot water. After a brief search online, I found reports of similar problems. Also when I looked in the two openings, the sealed pistons were not symmetrical. I assumed that was the problem. None of my local big box or plumbing stores had this cartridge in stock but Faucet Direct got it to me overnight. It was easy, exactly the right part and a good transaction. My only thought is that the freight cost was a little predatory. I am pretty sure that they take the actual cost from Ups or fedex and multiply by 4. Overall, still basically happy.
Date published: 2012-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Designed to Fail After 2-3 Years I replace this piece regularly every 2 to 3 years. It works fine for that length of time until suddenly one day there is a continuous drip which can only be solved by either replacing the piece or completely upgrading the plumbing to accommodate a different system. Maybe next time I will finally break down and do that. I consider this a product that is designed to fail and I've been avoiding all Price Pfister products because of it. Faucet Direct has a good price on this and their delivery time was very good too!
Date published: 2012-07-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad Design I have positive and negative comments. First the bad. Several years ago I updated my bathroom with all new including a Price Pfister bath and shower kit. While guests were visiting the shower hot water stopped working. So we reviewed the original paperwork and removed the failed pressure balance cartridge.(# 974-291 ) How can this part fail so quickly? After looking at other reviews we were not pleased to read about others that experienced the same problem. Balance pressure cartridge a bad design?? The good is we ordered the part on Tuesday and received it on Thursday. However our guests were already gone. Only ordered one pressure balance cartridge, probably should have ordered a spare.
Date published: 2012-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Installed in 5 minutes After finding where to order the part which took visits to 5 different hone centers and hardware stores I ordered the part it arrived and I installed it in about 5 minutes. Only thing I wish the directions provided up front was a clarification as to how to install so lever delvered the water in the same fashion as before. What I mean here is I had to take it out and reverse it so the hot and cold water came out the same as before. Only issue I have is that your form here is a little dumb when it comes to displaying a name! Took me 4 times to even get an acceptable name.
Date published: 2011-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Replacement Thought the original part was causing my problem. Very little cold water during a shower. TIP: I rotated the old part 180 degrees so cold was now hot and hot was now cold. Turned on shower and had opposite affect. Very little hot water. Therefore I knew the old part was my problem! I purchased this part 974-291. It fit perfect. Good price GREAT customer service. Part arrived quickly, was well packaged and worked like it should! Thanks FaucetDirect .com!
Date published: 2011-08-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from second time to repair. I bought this faucet at home depot or lowes about 7 years ago and this is the second time I have had to purchase a cartridge for it. The first time it wasn't even two years old. I would try the warranty but if you read the fine print, well I need my shower working and really don't want to waste the time with customer service messing with me. I haven't even tried because when they write that junk in the warranty I can't believe they will honor it. Next time i buy an el-cheapo faucet I will likely buy american standard or something foreign.
Date published: 2011-08-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from disappointed installed the new pressure balance cartridge and it doesn't seem to work.When I adjust the hot water to a comfortable temperature after a few seconds the water goes ice cold.
Date published: 2013-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to install Guest Bath shower valve repair: Pressure balancer cartridge went in easy as pie. Worked well and no leaks. Master Bath shower valve repair: As with the Guest Bath shower, the balancer cartridge went in easily. Unfortunately, after a few seconds the valve began to leak. The short story is that an aging water heater had been supplying calcium deposits to the valve which prevented a good seal with the O-rings. The tank water heater was replaced with a tank-less water heater and valve body was thoroughly cleaned out before inserting the balancer. The balancer is working beautifully now.
Date published: 2013-06-11

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Pfister’s 100 years of experience guarantees their faucets and plumbing fixtures are both stylish and available for all budgets. Boasting quality and customer satisfaction, Pfister decided to offer a lifetime warranty, which became the first one in the industry. By vowing to produce smart designs with eco-friendly options, Pfister became the first faucet manufacturer to be EPA WaterSense certified, which marks them as a water conscious company.

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Pfister provides the following Warranties for its products. Proof of Purchase may be required in order to obtain any of the benefits set forth below. (Commercial Applications Limit the Duration of the Warranties Provided Below) Limited Warranties: Pfister warrants that for as long as the original purchaser owns the home in which the Pfister product (the “Product” Excluding the electronic sensor, control box and power unit) is originally installed, the Product will be free of all defects in material and workmanship that would impair the intended and proper use of the Product. If the Product is installed in a commercial application, the above mechanical warranty shall be limited for a period of ten (10) years from the date of purchase of the Product. For the electrical components including the electronic sensor, control box and power unit (battery pack or AC adapter), Pfister provides a five-year limited warranty to the original residential user of the product against defects in material and workmanship, as long as the original user occupies the premises in which the product was originally installed. Pfister warrants against deterioration of the Product’s finish for as long as the original purchaser owns the home in which the Product is originally installed. If the Product is installed in a commercial application, the above finish warranty for Products that do not contain the Pforever finish shall be limited to a period of five (5) years from the date of purchase. Exclusive Remedy: In the event of any defect in the Product that breaches the foregoing warranties, Pfister, solely at its option, will repair or replace the defective part of the Product. Repair or replacement of the Product is the exclusive remedy. For any remedy under this warranty, Pfister is to be notified describing the problem. In order to notify Pfister and receive assistance or service under this warranty, the original purchaser may: (1) call 1-800-Pfaucet (1-800-732- 8238) for a consumer service representative who can assist you, or (2) write consumer service department c/o Pfister Inc., 19701 DaVinci, Lake Forest, CA 92610, and include a description of the problem, model number, your name, address, phone number and approximate date of purchase, or (3) email Pfister’s customer service department by going to www.PricePfister.com, or (4) notify the location or distributor from which the Product was purchased. In any case, you may be required to return the Product to Pfister for inspection and proof of purchase may be required. Limitations and Exclusions: Pfister WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY OTHER DAMAGES OR LOSSES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INCIDENTAL AND/OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, REGARDLESS OF THE LEGAL THEORY ASSERTED, INCLUDING ANY CLAIM OR BREACH OF WARRANTY HEREUNDER OR ANY OTHER CAUSE, AND WHETHER ARISING IN CONTRACT OR IN TORT (including negligence and strict liability). Pfister has the right to discontinue or modify any product at any time. Some states do not allow limitations or exclusions of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. The above warranties do not cover damage resulting from improper maintenance, repair, cleaning or installation, misuse, abuse, alterations, accidents or acts of God.
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