An electric shower heats up cold water using electricity, much like how a hair dryer and toaster work. One of the main benefits of choosing an electric shower is that you always have a steady stream of hot water – on demand.
Many people are intimidated by electric showers because they can be a little more complicated to install compared to a conventional shower. And they must be properly installed for safety reasons.
We’ll walk you through the installation process, so you have a better understanding of how it works.
If You Already Have an Electric Shower
1. Choose the Right Shower
The first step in the installation process is to choose the right shower for your home. There are models available in every budget range, and a variety of designs are available, ranging from simple to high-end digital models.
While there are many things to consider when choosing an electric shower, wattage is one of the most important considerations. Choose a model with the same wattage as your current shower. If you want a higher wattage, you will need to hire an electrician or a plumber to take care of the installation.
Other factors to consider include:
While this feature does not affect the shower’s performance, it can help extend the life of the unit. Phased shutdown ensures that all hot water is removed from the unit. If water stays in the unit, it can cause limescale build-up, which can affect the shower’s performance.
Look for a shower with thermostatic control. Showers without this feature can sometimes be unpredictable temperature-wise. If you want to avoid being sprayed with boiling water, make sure you can control the temperature of the shower.
Some electric showers have digital displays that make it easy to control the temperature as well as the flow of the water. It will also give your bathroom a new, sleek and modern look. Many of the new showers have high-end designs that can update your décor.
Just like conventional shower heads, electric showers often have different spray patterns. Some also have massage functions and varying other water patterns to make your shower luxurious.
Choose a model that has the spray pattern features you want.
If you need more help deciding what shower is right for your home, then check out ShowerShowroom.co.uk as their buyer’s guide will help you choose.
2. Remove Your Existing Shower
After you’ve chosen a shower, it’s time to start the installation process. The first step is to turn off the electricity and water. Do not ignore this instruction. If you don’t turn off the water and electricity, you may wind up flooding your home or electrocuting yourself.
Next, it’s time to remove your existing shower. Be careful when removing the shower to ensure that you do not damage any pipes or electrical connections.
To remove the shower and reach the screws holding the unit into the wall, you will first need to take off the front face of the unit.
3. Installing the Shower
Once you have removed your old shower, it’s time to install the new one. First, you’ll need to affix the back panel to the wall. Make sure the panel is secure and that the connections are still accessible.
Next, you will need to connect the electricity and water lines to the appropriate connections. Again, make sure that the electricity is disconnected before you attempt this step.
Once the connections are in place, it’s only a matter of making sure that all of the components and wires are fitted properly in the casing. Make sure there are no kinks in the wiring and that all components are safely stored in the unit.
4. Sealing the Edges
The next step is to seal the edges of the panel to make sure that no water enters the unit, which would be very dangerous.
Use a sealant from the local home improvement store. Allow the sealant to dry overnight before using the shower.
5. Install the Riser and Shower Head
The final step is to install the riser and shower head. Keep the heights of people in the household in mind when installing.
If You Don’t Have an Electrical Shower
If you don’t already have an electric shower installed, you can still have an electric shower in your home. But you should not attempt the installation on your own.
Wiring and plumbing will need to be installed, which are processes that should be handled by an electrician and a plumber. Hiring a plumber and electrician will cost money, but it would be too dangerous to install the unit yourself.
The installation process, in this case, is very simple: choose a shower, and hire professionals to do the rest.
The complexity of the installation will depend on whether you have the appropriate switch mounted into the ceiling. If you already have a switch installed, the installation process is much simpler and less costly.
Author Bio: Char Bird has been in the plumbing industry for over 10 years. He has recently created his own Bristol based plumbing firm in the form of CRB Plumbing and Heating. If you have any further plumbing related questions feel free to get in touch with them.