Why Choose Watertite for Electric Shower Installation & Repair in Bristol?
A long, hot shower after a stressful day is one of modern man’s greatest gifts. If your central heating system is struggling with the demand of your household, or you’re experiencing any of the following:
- Tepid water
- Unstable temperature
- Cold shower
- Water coming from the bottom of your shower
- No water coming from the shower
Why not give us a call on 01179 093 967 and see whether an electric shower might be a better option.
Alternatively, if you need a new electric shower installed, don’t hesitate to contact us via phone, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org, to inquire about our services.
Benefits of Electric Showers
With the popularity of central heating water systems, installing an electric shower may not have been the first choice for your bathroom.
But if you’ve got a busy household, electric showers could be a better option than relying on vented or unvented water cylinders.
- Hot water available anytime: Unlike cylinders that take time to heat up water – and can sometimes result in a freezing shower for the unlucky last one in – there’s no waiting time needed for electric showers. Hot water on tap, excuse the pun, from the moment you step in the shower until you get out.
- Energy efficient: Electric showers only heat up water that you need, as opposed to traditional boilers that automatically heat up 30 to 50 gallons at a given time. Shaving money off your energy bills.
- Constant water temperature: Say goodbye to fluctuating temperatures. Electric showers can keep water heat consistent all throughout your shower time.
Electric Shower Features
Most electric showers, regardless of brand or model, work the same way.
As well as a number of safety features, including;
- Thermostatic controls are used to keep the temperature at a steady constant, even when multiple showers are in use.
- And a safety cut-out is automated to cut the flow of water when it gets too hot.
Electric showers are also extremely user-friendly. With an electric shower you have the option of;
- The type of controls, dependent on whether you prefer buttons or dials
- In-built limescale protection
- Multiple spray patterns to suit you
- Kilowatt rating
Generally, the higher the kilowatt rating, the better the hot water flow will be. However, if you are on a budget you can choose an electric shower with a rating at the lower end of the spectrum, 7kW and 10.5kW, for a more affordable price.
Can You Fit It Yourself Or Do You Need A Professional?
Like most electrical and plumbing work, especially when the two are combined, it’s best to always call in a professional.
Water and electricity don’t tend to mix well in inexperienced hands, so for your own safety, always ensure that any electrical plumbing work is done by a qualified professional, with the right credentials.
Moreover, government regulations mandate even that any domestic DIYs should be checked by a qualified electrician, complete with the issuance of minor certifications. Failure to comply is a criminal offence and could invalidate your insurance.
Do you need a plumber or an electrician to fit an electric shower?
Electric showers with higher wattages require larger cable sizes and different fuses. There are two instances that you would have to choose between getting a plumber or an electrician (or both):
- Switching a unit like-for-like: This is a straightforward installation, as you would already have the power and water cabling in place. A qualified plumber with Part P certification is who you would need for straight swaps.
- Switching to a unit with a higher wattage: In this case, you would also need to call a certified electrician to do the installation of additional cabling.
Luckily, at Watertite, we’re Electrical Competent Person qualified and hold the relevant safety certifications to work with both plumbing and electrical work, including PAT testing.
Why should you hire a registered professional?
Bathroom installations, especially the electrical kind, are extremely risky. If there is any hint of doubt on whether you can do it yourself, it is best to err on the side of caution and contact a professional.
Working with a certified and a professional team, like ours at Watertite, would give you:
- The assurance of your safety, as all electrical installations will meet UK national standards
- All necessary certifications, such as the Electrical Installation Certificate, a Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificate, and a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate