An electric shower gives us the convenience of showering with constant warm water in an instant. But just like any other home appliance that we have, we can also run into problems with our electric shower. You don’t need to be an appliance specialist to maintain your own electric shower and do some basic troubleshooting by yourself. Here are the most common electric shower problems and how to address them in your own:
- Electric shower does not work – In the event that your shower doesn’t work after you turned on the switch, there might be an issue with the circuit breaker. Check and turn on the breaker if it is off and watch out if it turns off again as you take a shower.
- Shower cutting off – If your electrical shower stops spraying water in the middle of your bath, then there might be limescale that clogs the shower head. Remove the shower head and place it in a limescale remover with its holes down.
- Low pressure – This problem can be addressed by checking the water filter. It may become clogged in the long run, which is the cause of low water pressure. Simply clean the filter and try again.
- Cold water leaking – The stabilizer valve might be the culprit in this problem. Check the one from your shower to see if it needs to be replaced.
- Flow rate – During winter, the water flow rate of your electric shower becomes lower than the usual. This is normal since your shower takes in water from the cold water supply, which takes longer time to heat during the winter. Simply increase the flow rate to your desired power.
- Hard water – This poses another problem for your shower as hard water leaves limescales behind. To solve hard water problems, you may use water softeners and descalers to reduce its undesirable effects.
How to clean an electric shower?
Regular cleaning and maintenance help our shower function more efficiently. After some time, limescale and dirt form deposits in the shower head that hinders in the proper functioning of the electric shower. When you notice that your shower seems clogged and does not spray water the same power it does before, check first for limescale deposits. Here are some do-it-yourself methods in cleaning your electric shower:
- Clean the nozzles – Rubber nozzles are common among modern shower heads. You can rub these nozzles with your fingers to dislodge build-ups or you can also use a toothbrush to clean the nozzles thoroughly.
- Soak in vinegar – To soften and remove mineral build-up on the shower head, soak it in vinegar for several hours. Afterwards, attach it back to the shower pipe and run water through it for several minutes to clean it up.
- Check the showerhead filter screen – If your electric shower has a filter screen, you must also check it for deposits from time to time. A showerhead filter screen is located near the pump and cleaning it is a tedious task. You can use a small brush to remove built-up deposits in the filter.
Proper cleaning and maintenance of your shower is essential to keep it in good running condition. It pays to know basic cleaning techniques as it can spare you some time and money if you know some DIY shower cleaning tricks.