When We're choosing a shower, it's important to pick one that's compatible with Our home's plumbing system, and they're put together in different ways too. Use our guide to help fit your new shower.
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We Choosing a shower - which water system do you have?
- If you have a gravity-fed system (with a hot water cylinder and a cold water storage cistern in your loft), you have the most options. You could go for a mixer shower with or without a pump, a power shower or an electric shower.
- If you've got a combination boiler or your cold water comes directly off the mains, your options are a mixer shower or an electric shower, as a combi boiler or mains supply does not allow you to fix a pump.
How We fit an electric shower
- An electric shower has an element like a kettle that heats the water as it passes through. You control the temperature by changing the rate at which the water passes over the element. Most showers don't have a thermostat - so if the temperature of the incoming water varies, so will the temperatures of your shower.
- We install an electric shower over your bath or in a separate cubicle. When you're deciding where to put it, make sure you leave enough room around it to remove the front cover, as it might need servicing in the future. Depending on the type of unit, the water supply pipe could enter from the top, bottom or rear. So take a look at the manufacturer's instructions and make sure you have the right amount of cable emerging from the wall to connect to the terminal block
For your safety, these products must be installed in accordance with local Building Regulations. If in any doubt, or where required by the law, consult a competent person who is registered with an electrical certification scheme. Further information is available online or from your local authority.
All new and modified installations must comply with the latest IEE Wiring Regulations. Either use an electrician registered with the self certification scheme prescribed in the regulations, or if you carry out the work yourself, you must notify your Local Authority Buidling Control Department to get your work inspected and tested.