Q. "Is the Moen 1225 plastic cartridge as good as the 1200 brass cartridge?"
A. The Moen 1225 plastic cartridge in most situations is better than the brass 1200 cartridge because it is easier to operate and works smoother. The Moen 1225 plastic cartridge will generally last longer in hard water applications and will usually be much easier to remove when replacement is needed. Some 1225 plastic cartridges have been known to self close when water pressure is too high, and are often replaced with the brass 1200 cartridge to alleviate this type of situation. The plastic 1225 cartridge is lead-free, but if used for tub and/or shower applications they are not technically being used for drinking water. The brass 1200 cartridges can tend to last longer than the plastic 1225 cartridges but over time can become difficult to turn on and off, and will need to be removed and re-lubricated or replaced.
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