SHOWER REPAIRS and INSTALLATION
ELECTRIC & MANUAL
Brighton and Hove

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KARL - MR SMALL JOB PLUMBER
"Mr Small Job Plumber"

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Small Job On Time Same Day Plumbers Ltd

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NO CALL OUT

We do not charge a call out fee. We are happy to give free quotes. In exceptional cases, where a fee may be charged to come out due to the exceptional nature of the job or time of day, this will be explained clearly by us in advance.

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Our pricing system is to give fixed prices or a fixed price range. We do not charge by the hour. Prices will be given before starting work and must be agreed by you - no bottomless pit! so you can feel reassured whe you use our services.

NO FIX-NO FEE

We will not charge you unless we fix your plumbing problem. We take the risk, not you. NO FIX NO FEE NO RISK! We do not sell out time - we provide SOLUTIONS. We believe that this is a very important part of our service.

PAY JUST THE ONCE!

PAY JUST THE ONCE! Job not done til job done!If we need to come back for any reason, we will not charge you for time or materials. You pay just the once no matter how many times we need to return. Peace of mind for you when you use our services.

Craig West Owner and Director


I have many trusted associates that can help me or to whom I can recommend to my customers. As a former accountant and IT professional, I place emphasis on service. My interests are dancing, squash and hot yoga.

I enjoy the customer service and organisation that is invo;ved with this work and I don't do plumbing - I do great customer service that happens to involve plumbing.

What is an electric shower?

Common problems with electric shower

Installation requirements for a brand new shower and circuit

electric shower repairs in Brighton and Hove

WHAT IS AN ELECTRIC SHOWER?

An electric shower is like a kettle. It heats up water instantaneously and has various components toensure that the temperature never gets to hot to prevent scalding

The Thermal Cot Out (TCO) is a fail safe mechanism to ensure that the water temperature never exceeds a safe value.

The heat exchanger in an electric shower heats up the water. Usually there are two elements and that is why you see two settings on the front. In very warm weather, one can select just one element to avoid the water getting too hot and cutting out.

The heat exchanger can scale up and the result is that there is rapid overheating causing the TCO to cut out. This gives rise to the hot-cold cycling because once the temperature drops the TCO closes to allow electricity through. Or the scaling can cause insufficent heat to pass into the water and the water never gets hot enough. As this is the most expensive part of the shower, replacement is not economically viable. A new shower with a new two year guarantee is better value

The soleniod lets water flow in. If it is faulty then you can have a dripping shower head as it is effectively like dripping tap.

Microswitches when pressed switch on a circuit. When you turn the dial to use a setting, one or more microswitches will be pressed allowing current to flow. If the microswitch is faulty then the shower will flow but will not get hot.

An electric shower needs a minimum water pressure to work. If the pressure is lower than 1 Bar, then a switch is not turned on and the shower will not work.

Electric showers need mains water pressure and not water from a loft tank. Where water pressure is low and not caused by plumbing issues, one can use a water booster pump on the mains feed. Otherwise a power shower that blends and boosts hot and cold water from loft tanks and hot water cylinder is needed.

When determining why your shower is not working, a symptomatic diagnostic can usually determine the fault but if the shower does not start it could be faulty solenoid (water is not allowed in), a faulty on/off switch, or a bad connection on the isolator switch in/outside the bathroom not sending electricity to the electric shower.

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COMMON PROBLEMS WITH ELECTRIC SHOWERS

My shower is leaking from the bottom of the unit

If the leak occurs when the shower is turned on then this will be due to the PRESSURE RELIEF DEVICE (PRD) activating. To meet European Standards, the shower unit features an integral PRD. The PRD provides a degree of shower unit protection should an excessive build up of pressure occur within the shower. This would normally be due to a kinked or damaged hose or blocked shower head. The shower will only function correctly with the hose and handset provided. Failure to do so may result in the operation of the PRD. If the PRD has activated then it will need to be replaced.

Water runs from around the hose of my shower

There are 2 possible causes of water leaking around the hose: Hose connections – Check to ensure that the hose connection is tightened and that the sealing washers are fitted correctly and not damaged. The PRD has activated - To meet European Standards, the shower unit features an integral PRD. The PRD provides a degree of shower unit protection should an excessive build up of pressure occur within the shower. This would normally be due to a kinked or damaged hose or a blocked shower head. If the PRD has activated then it will need to be replaced.

I have a lower flow rate on hot than on cold.

This is perfectly normal. Electric showers produce a greater heat by reducing the flow rate of water over the heater. By increasing the heat you are reducing the flow.

My shower will not turn off

Please check the following: Ensure that the front cover is fitted correctly. If the wires to the power connections are pushing against the inside of the case, the cover will be out of line and the on/off switch will jam. Ensure that the main engine of the unit is not twisted. This can occur if the tiling is not flat. If it is not square, release the tension on the securing screws until the unit is flat. Spacers are supplied with the unit to assist in installing the unit squarely.

My shower has a very low or no flow

There are a number of possible causes of no or low flow, follow the following steps to try to find the cause of the problem: Check the power supply to unit. Ensure the water supply to the shower is turned on and the isolation valve is fully opened. Check if the water control is turned fully clockwise. Turn the flow control knob anticlockwise to increase water flow. Check if there is an outlet blockage: - Disconnect the handset from the hose and run the shower. If water flows, then the handset is blocked. - If there is no flow, remove the hose from the outlet. If water flows the hose is blocked. - If there is still no flow there is a possible restriction in the supply to the shower or debris in the filter. For advice on debris in the filter, please refer to the installation and user guide or contact customer services. Additional installation guides can be downloaded from our website.

If the leak occurs when the shower is turned on then this will be due to the PRESSURE RELIEF DEVICE (PRD) activating. To meet European Standards, the shower unit features an integral PRD. The PRD provides a degree of shower unit protection should an excessive build up of pressure occur within the shower. This would normally be due to a kinked or damaged hose or blocked shower head. The shower will only function correctly with the hose and handset provided. Failure to do so may result in the operation of the PRD. If the PRD has activated then it will need to be replaced. These can be purchased direct from us, please contact Customer Services or visit our online Parts Store.

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INSTALLING AN ELECTRIC SHOWER

An electric shower needs its own dedicated electric circuit so an inspection of the consumer unit is required.

The circuit needs to be RCD protected, meaning that any 'leakage' of current is detected and cut off before any injury can occur.

Electric showers come in a range of ratings - 7.5, 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5kW. Depending on the circuit route, in general a 7.5 and 8.5kW shower needs 6mm cable and 9.5 and 10.5kW electric showers need 10mm cable. All electrical work must ensure the Electrical Regulations 17th Edition are followed. The earth bonding of the whole system needs to conform to these regulations so on old electrics some additonal upgrade work may be needed to be able to sign off the electrical work, issue a certificate and notify Building Control (PART P).

Attention must be drawn to aesthetics as running a new cable route can be done surface or in walls and under floors, the latter being more involved and costly as 'making good' will be needed.

Prices for a new circuit, standard shower and plumbing work along with an electrical certificate are around £450-£600.

About Brighton and Hove

Brighton and Hove is the result of a number of historic local government reorganisations: Brighton was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1854, later becoming a county borough under the Local Government Act 1888; it covered the parish of Brighton and part of Preston;

Hove became a local board of health in the late 19th century, originally covering the parish of Hove;In 1893 the parish of Aldrington was added to Hove local board; Hove became incorporated as a municipal borough in 1898; Hangleton, Preston Rural and West Blatchington were added to Hove in 1928;Ovingdean, Patcham and Rottingdean were added to Brighton in 1928;Portslade-by-Sea was added to Hove in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. Both Brighton and Hove became non-metropolitan districts of East Sussex.

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