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        HOW EXPENSIVE ARE ELECTRIC SHOWERS TO RUN ?                          Easiest way to explain in layman's terms would be to equate it to a kettle - A typical                        kettle is rated to about 2000 watts or 2 kilowatts. Now then, when you operate an                         electric shower the unit is running about 4 or 5 kettles turned on at the same time -                        that is a huge amount of power and sends the dial on your meter spinning ! If you had 4 kettles plugged into just one socket and switched on the same time, the wiring behind that socket would get very warm indeed - hence the reason for larger diameter wire used for your electric shower to accommodate the extra kilowatts passing through it keeping the wires at a safe temperature. Mcb's do not trip if the capacity of the wiring is exceeded - wiring will overheat causing the insulation around the wires to melt. When the insulation around wires melt, they will arc or fuse together causing red hot wires similar to an electric bar fire immediately igniting any surrounding combustible material Mcbs' will only trip AFTER the insulation around the wires has burnt through. The purpose of Mcb's is detect an earth leakage fault for example a live cable makes contact with a metallic object which has been connected to earth bonding - fridge, washing machine or a metal switch casing for example which are earthed to ground via the plug - when this occurs, electricity is going to earth - the Mcb being the detector will then disengage by way of tripping the switch off to the electricity supply.

WHY HAS MY SHOWER GONE COLD ? SHOWER FITTING SEASON IS HERE ! Electric showers really struggle with the colder temperature water coming into the house this time of year. 4 - 6 degrees centigrade lower than the normal 12 degrees means that those electric showers have to work really hard to get to that magic 38 degrees we like ! Cheap showers will last around 2 years with this kind of wear and tear so if you are in the market for a replacement electric shower then we recommend Mira Sprint - A great all rounder this shower is a mid level unit with quality fittings and components - It will easily outlast cheap entry level showers. Have a Triton ? Allow us to painlessly convert you to a quality Mira Sprint. We have all kilowatt ratings for the Sprint in stock ready to fit. Supply & Fit prices on our site - Click the learn more button. May I remind you of an old adage - pay cheap pay twice - We can receive card payments so you don't have to go out brrrrr !

WHY IS MY MIXER/ BAR SHOWER BLOWING HOT AND COLD ? There are 3 common reasons - Before calling us out you need to test the temperature from the hot water tap in the bathroom - If the temperature is going up and down out of the tap like a yoyo then you need to look at a fault on your boiler. If the temperature is even at the tap then you need to call us ! Steve - 07914 008149

Should you seal around an electric shower on a wall?

Under no circumstances should an electric shower be sealed to the wall. There are short ‘spacers’ in each corner of the shower’s rear-casing which keep it proud of the wall by a few millimetres. This allows ventilation around the side and back of the shower module. Without this ventilation, it may be prone to condensation or over-heating, which will subsequently cause failure of, or damage to, the internal components. Water or electric supplies that come in from behind the unit must be sealed to prevent water entering the building structure.