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What is an electric shower?
An electric shower is an electrical device that heats water for bathing immediately before dispensing. It contains heating elements that warm up the cold-water using electricity and sprays it through the showerhead. Usually, most electric showers have a memory of storing one or multiple temperatures you can choose from for your bathing water.
How to choose the best electric shower in the UK?
Once you have gone over your options and decided that an electric shower is what you need in your house, you need now to choose the best one. These showers are easy to install and ensure you never run out of hot water when bathing. But, how do you find the best fit for your bathroom in the UK.
Consider factors like:
- Is it thermostatic or manual? A thermostatic shower maintains the set temperature at any water pressure, while the manual model does not
- Rating of the shower- check the kilowatt rating of the shower—the more powerful the shower, the greater the flow of water at the desired temperatures.
- Colour, size, and finishes- electric shower installation goes well with most décor because it adapts to your design concepts. You can choose the colour, size, and finishes to suit your bathroom.
- Installations- electrical shower installation can be either fixed or detachable. If you want your shower head in one spot, the overhead, the fixed shower head will do. But if not, then a detachable one is the better option.
The Installation process of the electric shower
It is a dangerous activity to try and install an electric shower without the help of a professional. This is because you will be dealing with over 10A of current, above what your body can take. You need the proper tools, knowledge of electrical wiring, and, most importantly—experience to handle such tasks.
So, if you do not know about electric shower installation and their connections to your mains, do not attempt to install it. Call for a professional.
How to maintain your electric shower for long-lasting performance?
The electric shower has different components that work together to ensure you enjoy a warm shower every time you step into the bathroom. The maintenance procedures are simple, and you can try them yourself at home.
For long-lasting high performance, try the following troubleshooting techniques and solutions:
- When there is low pressure- if you notice a decrease in pressure in your water, start by checking the water filter. Clogging might be the cause. Just clean the filter, reinstall it and try running your shower again
- Cold water leakage- this happens when the stabilizer valve is failing. If it is dirty, you can clean and reinstall it, or buy a new one
- Hard water problems- when your shower uses hard water, scaling occurs, which affects the performance of your electric shower. Use a toothbrush to clean the pipe using vinegar to remove the mineral build-up.
- Cleaning the nozzle- use your fingers or a small toothbrush to dislodge the dirt on the nozzle before putting it back in place
- Clean the spray head-sometimes; dirt gets to your spray head, blocking some holes. This reduces the flow rate when showering. Just unscrew the shower head’s spray front and clean it thoroughly before putting it back.
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What is the cost of installing an electric shower in the UK?
In the UK, the cost of electric shower installation differs depending on the service you receive. The prices typically range from £160- £500. On average, this amounts to £320. However, you can pay as little as £50 for a basic shower or even £300 for a premium electric shower.
These costs are influenced by:
- Whether you have your electric shower or not- the cost increases from between £70-£150 if the technician has to buy you a shower.
- The distance of the shower from the consumer unit- the further it is, the more the materials needed and the higher the cost. The shower cable costs about £3 per metre.
- The power rating of your shower- The more powerful your shower is, the larger the cable size and the more expensive it becomes.
Replace or repair, which is better for an electric shower?
The answer to this question boils down to the condition of your electric shower. If you have worn out shower valves, shower hoses, fault mixer taps, or a deteriorated seal at the shower tray, the solution is to replace them. However, repairing them is a more economical choice if you have a leaking shower or a clogged showerhead.
How long does an electric shower installation take?
If the electrician on site has to start from scratch, i.e., installing electric conduits to plumbing, you can expect to have them around for 6 to 8 hours. Otherwise, the service could be as short as 2 hours long or a few minutes if you have all the plumbing and wiring works done already.
What is the lifespan of an electric shower?
With proper maintenance and cleaning routines, your electric shower can go for up to 4 years. However, the time depends on the type of water, the amount of use, and the brand of electric shower you use.
A plumber or electrician? Which one do I need to install an electric shower?
Usually, certified electricians are knowledgeable in the plumbing aspect of electrical installations. They can well install your electric shower without needing a plumber. However, if you choose to hire a plumber, get a Part-P certified plumber for the job.
Does an electric shower use a lot of electricity?
The amount of electricity used by your electric shower will depend on the rating of your shower. The efficiency of energy use in the house will also depend on the amount of water and period of use. A longer, hotter shower will use more electricity compared to a low-flow, warm and short shower.
And do not worry, the electric shower does not use any electricity when on standby, unlike the TV, skybox, or stereo. Unless the water is running through the shower, there is no energy use.
Can electric showers electrocute you?
The risk is not non-existent. And it reduces further when you hire a professional to complete the electric shower installation process according to safety standards. Otherwise, the electric showers are as safe as the regular shower.
With proper wiring, you can use your shower without batting an eyelash. However, improper installation could cause electric shocks, explosions, fires, and burns.
If you want to know more about electric heater and shower heads you can read this article.
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