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after an Electric Shower and advice.

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Found 26th Jan 2005
My current 8.5kw shower has packed in (water only heating to a couple of degrees bbbbrrrrr).
I am after a replacement and the one I am thinking of buying is £64.98 from B & Q - kelkoo.co.uk/sit…orw >Gainsborough Deluxe Electric Shower 9.5kw White<
Anyone know of anything much better under £100 as this one looks ok.
Alternatively any codes for B & Q. I think if I get an OAP to buy it on Tuesday afternoon I can get an extra 10% off, but I am not sure.

Also anything I need to check in the power supply as going from 8.5 to 9.5kw?

Thanks

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Been a while since I fitted our electric showers, but I'm almost certain that a higher rated fuse and wire is required for a 9.5Kw shower in compared to a 8.5Kw.

So it may not be as simple as doing a simple swap. Best to get an electrician to check it out.

Johnnypanic

Original Poster

Thanks johnnypanic, I will check the fuse etc and see. I may just go for the 8.5kw instead then. Didn't want the expense of getting in a lecci :?

johnnypanic

Been a while since I fitted our electric showers, but I'm almost certain … Been a while since I fitted our electric showers, but I'm almost certain that a higher rated fuse and wire is required for a 9.5Kw shower in compared to a 8.5Kw. So it may not be as simple as doing a simple swap. Best to get an electrician to check it out.Johnnypanic



Showers should be fitted with the same heavy duty cable (cooker type cable)

Except for the fuse trip rating, I wouldn't expect there to be any other problems...

Note: Always make sure the earth connection is done properly & very secure!

rayman

There's a helpful page here:[color=blue]DIY DOCTORS - ELECTRIC … There's a helpful page here:[color=blue]DIY DOCTORS - ELECTRIC SHOWERS[/color]DIY DOCTOR HOMEPAGEPretty good place to pick up some ideas too.



Rayman, Very handy links... it also states the fuse ratings that someone should have & what wattage you can go up to...
it also advises 10mm for all installations... So, unless one was previously wired by a cowboy (coz thinner cable saves a few quid) you should all have the standard 10mm... a quick peek will tell you...

Well, davemichael, I will keep my fingers crossed for you... good luck...

Original Poster

Thanks for the info and advice everyone. I am getting fed up of having cold showers so will have to install a new one very soon. :cry:

Update: bought and installed a shower yesterday. Decided to go for one with the same rating as the old one so I didn't have to worry about the electrics. Nice warm shower again.

Thanks All.

My suggestion you can try Homebase as they have good deal on electricl showers.

All at half price etc
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