An electric shower combines electricity and water, so it’s vital that it’s installed correctly and then it will be safe to use.
When you get a new electric shower, it’s essential to have it installed by an electrician or Part P-certified plumber that can carry out the work safely.
Our recommended electricians have all the credentials and skills to install or upgrade your shower, so here is a brief overview of what you can expect during the process.
If you need to replace an existing electric shower unit, on a like for like basis, it may be tempting to install the shower yourself. After all, the water and power cabling is already in place, so it should be simple to install the new unit and riser rail.
However, the new shower unit could have a higher wattage compared to your old unit, so an electrician should replace it as it may be necessary to change the cabling.
Installing a shower is a job for a professional, and our recommended electricians will be able to safely carry out high quality work.
Some electric showers are easier to install than others; the easiest shower units are models that have multiple routing entry points.
The cables used in shower installation are larger and less flexible than you may imagine. So, a shower unit with more working space in the casing and plenty of easy to use connection blocks make the installation process far easier.
It’s also a good idea to look for swivelling water connections that have adequate room for the electrician to use a spanner.
Also, the riser rail and shower handset will need to be high enough for the tallest person using it and low enough for younger children.
The shower unit will need to be plumbed into a cold water mains supply that has a 15mm diameter pipe.
The electrical supply requirements can be more complicated than the plumbing needs. The sizes of the cabling and fuses can vary a great deal depending on the power supply needs of the shower.
Our recommended electricians may install a 10sq mm cable; this is a good option because it means that you can replace your shower in the future and you won’t need to install a larger cable.
The electrics in your new shower will need to be connected to their own separate fused electrical supply circuit. For added safety, a ceiling mounted double pole switch can be installed to turn the power to the shower off and on.
Many of our recommended electricians are members of self certification schemes such as NAPIT and NICEIC that will identify them as competent people to work on your electrical systems. Your local council’s Building Control department will have more details on how these schemes work and what they mean.
Before an electrician starts work they should agree that their work will conform to building regulations and they will provide you with a BS7671 certificate on completion. This certificate will be needed if you want to sell your home to prove that the electrical work has been safely completed.
For your peace of mind we’ve made sure all our recommended electricians do this and conform to these regulations. If you would like to talk to our electrician in your area you can do that here.
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Excellent service so good we are booked in for more work to be done
Used once in the past with no problems. Just want to say have a phoned for advice on a couple more occasions, and each time have been very impressed, by the advice and time given to me. They will be my first port of call for any future electric problems.
Came out on a bank holiday at very short notice - not even an emergency. Very helpful, professional and courteous.
A very good experience. Gareth came to look at the job when he said he would. Two electricians arrived to undertake the work on time, they were efficient, tidy and polite. The job was completed on time and all rubbish was taken away. Would recommend and use again.
Great and friendly service, would highly recommend.
From initial quotation to job follow-up, the service was faultless. Electrician was knowledgeable, courteous and clearly walked me through various ideas and options available. Work was carried out on time/date agreed, and on budget. Would highly recommend.
Excellent workmanship. Really pleased with the finished result, can now use freezer and electrics in garage, old lights removed and replaced with new ones. System also separated from house circuit which is ideal. In addition I originally booked Steve last week but due to poor weather conditions I was unable to empty the garage and until he arrived I didn't realise he wouldn't be able to complete the work. Steve was extremely accommodating and agreed to return a week later with no fuss. I will be using him again for sure!!
Steve was really friendly, helpful and provided an excellent service. He was around the same day we called to provide a quote and completed the job quickly and efficiently. We will certainly be using him again.
Very tidy work, all sockets were flush and tidy matching well with the existing electrical fittings. Be quite happy to use him again.
Can't fault it. A good job and would definitely recommend Steve to others.
Very approachable and knowledgeable and did a really good job.
Steve has been brilliant since he got in touch last week. He came out to me the same day, and had to send off for a part and fitted it today. He even came back again last week after I thought the initial issue had got worse. He was very professional, friendly and efficient and I would happily use his services again.
Steve was very helpful and friendly. He came out the same day and repaired wiring which had been drilled through, triping out the Sockets. Very professional. Would highly recommend him. Will definitely use his services again.
Steve came out .what a great job he done .id had another electrician out who totally messed my electrics up .but Steve sorted it out so it’s all safe .and done it quickly so was only charged for an hours work .will always phone on Steve now .very happy customer.
Our experience with Steve was exceptional. He responded to our cry for help very quickly and fitted us in to his busy schedule the following day. He arrived when he said he would and quickly sorted things out for us. As it happened, he did not have to carry out any work as such and, as a result, he did not charge us a penny. For his speed of service alone we give him 5 stars and he is at the top of our list to call on, should we ever require any "real" electrical work to be carried out in the future. We will also recommend him to anyone we know who needs an electrician.
Steve has now completed the work, first class service.
an amazing service. Steve was able to solve my electrical problems so quickly without fuss or expense.a great service from start to finish .I was so grateful.
We had several small electrical replacement fittings to do around the house.Steve was excellent at communicating, gave a great quote, turned up on time and completed the work quickly and cleanly. Will always use from now on and would thoroughly recommend.
Steve was fantastic from initial call to installing a new shower fan he was both courteous and professional and knew his stuff complete expert! I would highly recommend him and will definitely use him again it was a pleasure to do business with him.