6 Easy steps installing Electric Shower DIY
As almost everyone is aware about, an electric shower is a device that heats water very fast and consumes negligible amount of energy in the process. It is implied by the gadget’s name that it runs on electric current. Electricity is potentially hazardous. Therefore it is crucial that these showers are properly installed to avoid any untoward incident or injury. The installation process can easily be done with just in a few hours. When you have access to the right tools, it is pretty easy to fit an electric shower on one of your bathroom walls all by yourself.
It is important that your bathroom is already programmed with the right fittings. If it lacks the right fittings you then have to hire a professional to install those fittings.
In this blog post, we will explore fitting an electric shower. Hope this discussion will make your task easier.
Prerequisites to install an electric shower
Water supply – an electric shower performs smooth when it is connected to a powerful water supply system at the back end. If the water supply is not efficient then the device will work with lesser efficiency.
- The pressure of water from the main water source in the building should be 1 bar minimum.
- On the other hand, static pressure must be 10 bars and not less.
- The rate of water flow should at least measure 8 litres a minute.
The aspect of plumbing
Ideally you should connect an electric shower to a cold water supply system though a 15 mm pipe meant for plumbing. If there is no 155 mm pipe fitted in your bathroom, better call out a plumber. A plumbing expert can place the necessary pipe strategically that would ensure better water connection between the plumbing system and the shower unit.
Making electric connection – connecting cables and fuses
The size of the electric cable is likely to differ and that depends on the kind of shower unit you have brought home. The type of the fuse may vary as well and that too depends on the exact unit you are about to install.
Many bathrooms do not have power outlet. If yours too belong to that category then you know you have to hire an electrician. Installing the shower unit is comparatively easier but installing a power unit is not. Moreover you have to remember electricity is potentially hazardous. You need some kind of expertise to work on electricity on your own. A qualified electrician will sort out the deficit very fast.
Now let us explore actual installation of the electrical shower unit step by step.
Step #1 – Preparation
First make sure that the electrical supply is working smooth. In case you find it is not then again it is time to call a professional electrician to sort out the problem.
Turn off the power supply from the fuse box. Make sure the power is indeed off in the bathroom using a tester. Now turn off the unit that supplies cold water. This is necessary to prevent water leakage.
Step #2 – dismantle the existing shower unit
At this stage you have to take out the existing shower unit from its position. Usually modern shower units are directly s screwed to the bathroom wall. You need an electric screwdriver for the purpose. Just unfasten the supporting screws and then take out the shower unit from its place.
Now let us get used to different parts of an electric shower. This will make things easier later. It is highly relevant to check whether the water outlet and the new shower unit are compatible to each other. In many cases it is found the new unit can be placed exactly at the same spot the existing one is fitted.
The pipe that supplies water to the shower unit must be at the same level to facilitate smooth water flow. Considering technical aspect you have to place the pipe that supplies water close to the inlet pipe of the shower unit. It is better to check the electrical connections of the shower unit at the same go.
Step #3 – Select the spot to fit the shower unit
Once you take out the existing shower unit, you have to select the spot where the new one will be fitted. Removing the casing and wrappings, place the shower unit on the wall. Mark out the lines of the new unit that is to be fitted on the bathroom wall using a pencil.
Once the lines are drawn you need a drill machine to make holes on the wall. While using the power drill remember to use the low-torque setting, otherwise cracks may form on the wall tiles. The best option is ofcourse to use a tile bit while drilling holes n the bathroom wall. Insert some plugs into the holes and will make the task of driving screws easier.
Step #4 – Secure the shower unit on the wall
Now it is time to secure the shower unit on the wall of the bathroom. Hold it properly at the right position and then secure it by tightening the screws into the holes your drilled. Keep tightening the screws till the shower unit makes no movement.
Step #5 – Making electrical connections
Connect the shower unit to the power cables. Th e power cables must be long enough to fit into the electrical slots of the new shower unit. Cut the plastic jacket of the power cables and then expose the set of three wires from inside. Connect the wires in to the electric slots inbuilt in the shower unit. Remember, the brown one is the live wire, while the blue is neutral and green is earth. These colour codes are categorically selected to make things easier to remember.
Step #6 – Securing the shower head and the shower rail to the wall
At this stage of electric shower installation you have to secure the shower rail to the wall. Drill holes on the wall at appropriate positions and by now you are almost a pro in this task. Secure the plastic brackets to the wall using screws. Once that part is over you have to secure the shower rail to the plastic brackets. Lastly you need to connect the main shower unit and the showerhead using a hose.
Test how the shower unit works. This is all about installing an electric shower without professional intervention.