What is an electric shower? (with photos)

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Traditionally, all the water in a home is heated by a central heater, but an increasingly popular solution to home water heating needs is the electric shower. An electric shower heats the shower water immediately before you dispense, offering the advantage, among others, of never running out of hot water in the middle of the shower. In an electric shower, water is heated by a fixture in the shower, and many models come with a memory to store one or more temperature settings.

Most electric showers allow the bather to adjust the water temperature.

Electric showers are uncommon in the United States, but are seen very often in less developed countries because of the unique advantages they offer. An electric shower works well in homes with low water pressure or no main water supply, because many have a small built-in pump to increase the water pressure as the water is heated. An electric shower also uses less electricity than an electric water heater, and this is advantageous in countries or areas where electrical service is sporadic or unreliable. In countries that are especially cold, electric showers are an additional source of heat for water that can still be very cold even after running through a water heater.

An electric shower consumes less electricity than an electric water heater.

For someone used to centrally heated water, mixing electricity and water a few inches away from the head might seem unnecessarily risky. However, an electric shower is safe if used and installed correctly. Also, for anyone planning a trip from the United States to a Third World country, it’s a good idea to know how to use one and make sure it’s safe.

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To use an electric shower, first turn on the electric circuit before entering the shower or opening the water supply. The wiring connected to the shower should be inspected to make sure the two wires are well covered with electrical tape or conduit covers. There should also be a ground wire (green) securely connected to the water pipe itself. If any wires are exposed or incorrectly connected, they must be covered with electrical tape before using the shower.

Once it is clear that the wiring is connected correctly, it is important to adjust the water temperature setting before turning on the shower. Most electric showers allow the water temperature to be adjusted to your liking. It is important not to adjust the temperature setting when the water is running as this can damage the heating element. Then, turn on the faucet until you hear a slight hum coming from the shower, indicating that the shower is heating the water. Once this is heard, the water pressure can be adjusted to adjust the temperature.

Another point to remember is that electric showers have their own circuit breakers and fuses. To avoid damage to electrical components, it is necessary to turn them off whenever the shower is not in use. Also, to avoid the risk of electric shock, do not touch the circuit breaker while the water is running.

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