HOW TO INSTALL AN ELECTRIC SHOWER – Electric showers are an important feature in many homes. A shower is quick, convenient, saves water and saves money. In this handy guide we’ll show you just how easy it is to fit one yourself.
There are a number of regulations and codes that need to be adhered to when installing an electric shower. If you are unsure about working with your home electrical system then call in a qualified electrician. The first thing to decide on is the type of electric shower you want to fit. To help you decide on the right type of electric shower, suitable for your home, see our guide - How to Choose an Electric Shower
Turn off the mains electricity and mains water before starting.
Open the box of your new shower and layout all the pieces. Most come with a template to mark the drill holes. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Place the template on the wall where you want to fit the shower control unit. If there is no template use the back of the shower unit control panel.
Mark and drill the holes. Remember to ensure you are NOT drilling into any pipe work or electrical cables behind the wall.
On the template or backing panel you should see a hole that is intended for the copper water pipe. Mark this and drill with the appropriate sized drill bit as directed.
Take a length of copper pipe and fit this into the wall and measure this so that reaches the other piping. Cut the pipe to the correct size and attach a stopcock. Complete any pipe work in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Attach the back panel of the shower control unit and fix this using the screws provided.
Take the flexible shower hose and connect this to the shower control panel and the shower head.
On the ceiling fit the ‘Pull Cord’ back panel that turns the electricity on and off. Do this by making two small holes and screw the unit into place.
Take a length electrical cable (to the right specification – see manufacturer’s instructions) and wire the pull switch to the power supply.
Connect a length of electrical cable from the shower control unit to the ‘Pull Cord’ switch.
Ensure you have followed all the recommended manufacturers and wiring regulations.
Turn on the water and electricity and test.
Before you go ahead and tackle this project we recommend you watch the video above as it provides easy to follow instructions and a realistic visualization of what needs doing and how.
Acknowledgements: Video - Plumberparts