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Showermate by Stewart Turner pump problem NOW SORTED THANKS

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by steve1978, 3 Feb 2011.

  1. steve1978

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    Ok folks, We did have a fully functioning showermate twin 1.4 bar, recently the thing started failing to start every time so i took it out to service it. I have re-installed it following the manual priming both side by connecting the inlet hoses first and getting a good flow through the pump before connecting the outlet side but after doing this the pump fails to work or runs for a few seconds then stops.

    I have checked the installation diagrams and its installed as suggested in the manual with the pump possitioned right at the side of the cylinder with the water tank directly above.

    I have allso removed both the shower head and hose but nothing seems to work.

    Help pulling my hair out here.

    Steve
     
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    If you place a magnet (moving it upwards) on the reed valve does it work?, if so your reed valve needs sorting.
     
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    I have checked them both and both are working fine, If i disconnect the pipework to the shower the think works fine its just when i connect everything back together then it wont work again.

    My head keeps saying i am either not priming the pump right or the pump cant shove the air in the shower pipework once connected again.

    Steve
     
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    With the supply connected, but not the outlets (to the pipework) does it work?, you need to connect a hose(s) to check it or you'll flood the place
     
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    yes it pumps lovely with just the short flexi hoses fitted and feeding into a basin lovely without the pump running and even better with the pump running as you would exspect

    Thats whats so confusing about all this

    Steve
     
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    I'd be checking the shower valve
     
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    Valve seems to be working fine so it aint that.

    This is doing my head i i can tell ya
     
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    Have you checked if fitted the non return valve in the shower valve.

    Pete
     
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    Pete

    it was working fine before and none of the pipework has been changed so i cant see it being that really.

    Problem is nearest bloke who is trained to fit and repair these things is miles away otherwise i would have got someone out to look at it by now

    steve
     
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    Hey folks

    Thanks for trying to help me sort out this problem.

    I have now sorted it as it was a air lock and a small piece of grit inside the pump itself jamming the pump each time it tried to start (or so it would seem.

    Just a quick note to anyone reading this with a simular problem the pumps are really easy to take apart and re-assemble with a few simple tools and not half as hard as some would have you think.

    Thanks again

    Steve
     
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    So how did it work when you ran it into the basin!
     

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