In need of a new electric shower? Has the old one malfunctioned, or are you making a change from the traditional boiler-operated models?
Regardless of why you want an electric shower, the big question remains: how do you install and fit an electric shower?
This guide is here to answer all your questions with detailed visual guides, as well as answering some of the most frequently asked questions on the topic.
How to Prepare to Install an Electric Shower
There are a couple of things to remember when you are preparing to install your electric shower:
- They have a minimum water pressure requirement in order to work, and will also have a minimum flow rate on top of that
- Check your measurements for the handset and the height of the shower box. Can the whole family use it?
- Clean the area before you install so that you don’t risk cluttering the place further, slipping on soap, or making toothbrushes manky.
What Kind of Electrical Requirements are There?
The electrical requirements are a little complicated, but nothing that you can’t get your head around. The cable and fuse sizes will vary according to your home and the type of shower you are looking to buy. Therefore, we would recommend a 10 sq mm cable as this means you are less likely to need to replace it in the future. Look at it as the universal shower cable.
The electrics will need to be connected to a separate fused electrical supply. You will also need a ceiling double-mounted pole switch for safety (the long cord in your bathroom near the shower). This turns the supply to the shower on and off quickly when needed.
What Kind of Plumbing Requirements are There?
The plumbing requirements are very simple. You will need a mains plumbing supply, and it should ideally have a 15mm pipe (diameter) for the best fit. Other than that, nothing else is needed from the plumbing side of the process.
Are Some Electric Showers Easier to Install Than Others?
Yes, some electric showers are definitely easier to install than others. The simplest ones have multiple entry points for the pipe to be fitted, allowing for a more flexible installation process that requires a lot less fiddling around. Similarly, swivelling water connections are ideal, and they should have plenty of room for the spanner to be placed and used.
The Experts Explain........
Pouse Around the House: Installing a Mira Go Shower
Are you wondering what kind of rules and regulations there are for installing an electric shower? The thing with this video is that the creator takes the time to talk to the viewers about the importance of ensuring that you either hire an electrician for the electrical part, or you adhere to building regs and have an authorised inspection if you do it yourself.
People often forget that you need electrical experience to install one of these showers safely. It’s one of the longest and most detailed videos, but he takes you through every single step in a clear manner, explaining what he is doing and why the entire time.
If you have questions about the kind of tools being used, he answers them, and the level of detail means that even beginners can try their hands safely and with clear instructions. He also goes through the replacement process as well as installation, reminding viewers that they are likely to need to rearrange existing cables if they are replacing their electric shower.
Plumber Parts: How to Change an Electric Shower
This video offers a clear and concise look at the shower installation process. The creator is careful to go through the most important safety steps before the video begins - switching off the electrics and the water before you get started. Wondering what to do with old screw holes from the previous shower? White silicone is the answer, and it is mentioned in the above video guide.
It does help that this particular video has a little humour injected into it, and this can make it easier to remember the key instructions you need to follow. The key things this video drills into your mind are:
- Always use a qualified electrician if you are not comfortable
- Remember to be safe and switch electrics/water off before starting
- Always read the manufacturer’s instructions, they are all different!
- Test for leaks and that it is functioning before you say you are done
Triton Showers: How to Install the T80Z
This video is quite short, but it is packed with important information that is explained in a calm and careful manner. It goes through the importance of remembering to check that the shower you are installing is the same kilowatt rating as the old one, and that the water pressure is adequate for the model that you would like to fit in your home.
It takes you through a detailed look at how to remove the old electric shower and install the new one, pointing out key locations (such as the water supply, key cables, and where to place your screws) so that you have a clear view of what you are doing. While it covers a specific shower, a lot of this information is relevant to shower installation in general.
It even shows you how to remove the existing shower kit and fit a new one - things like the showerhead holder and soap tray - to give you a more extensive guide that helps you with every aspect of the process.
BathroomsDotCom: Installation Procedure for a Bristan Shower
The nice thing here is that he provides an easy installation option - one where you can install the pipe on the left or the right-hand side, which also means that if your pipe is coming in from the ceiling you don’t need to worry. He goes through the process in a calm manner, using simple layman’s terms that everyone can understand.
Like pretty much every installation guide, he reminds viewers of the importance of reading the manual before you start work. He also showers viewers how to drill cleanly into tiles carefully and without breaking them, a part of the process that causes many stress and concern when they are trying to install an electric shower.
He also shows and explains how to cut piping to fit into the shower so that you can fit it better. Additionally, he shows you how to trial-fit the shower without the pipe locking into place. For novices, this is an important tip because many of us aren’t entirely sure we are doing things right the first time.
Plumber Parts: Installation and Replacement
Another one that starts by reminding us of how to proceed safely, it is important to remember that your safety comes first - as does that of your home. He goes through each of the steps concisely, not spending too much time waffling, and instead getting straight to the point.
He also takes the time to show viewers where every part of the shower is located, and which ones you need to be focused on for each step.
Additionally, there are some tips on how to drill tiles effectively and without causing any damage. It’s one of the shortest videos on shower installation out there, but it answers the key questions that people have: how do I install an electric shower?
What kind of drill bit do I use? How do I remove an old electric shower? How do I connect the water? All of this and more is answered quickly and yet without compromising the quality of the video.
Hopefully, this electric shower installation guide has been helpful. Each of the videos that we have chosen provides a fantastic visual insight into how you can install your electric shower effectively and while remaining safe.
Written guides on the topic are fantastic, but sometimes we need a closer look so that we know what we are doing.
If after reading all of this, you think you need to hire the professionals then we have written a guide "How Much does it Cost to Install and Electric Shower" so you know before you hire, what ball park figure you would be looking at spending.
Want to know more about shower care and installation? You can check out our series of informational guides that cover everything you’ll ever need to know.