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New to Combi boiler - Not get scolded in shower / install

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by iandb0812, 29 Apr 2014.

  1. iandb0812

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    Folks

    new house and new combi boiler (flexcom 24) and this is the first for me and now have the dread of being in the shower and some wanting a cup of tea and filling the kettle hence me getting to hot.

    Is there any way that this can be avoided or is the expensive new stuff needed?

    Also the shower is just a mixer tap on the bath, so is it possible to fit in an electric shower or as my last place a shower head with a double neg shower pump (or equivalent)

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    I have a thermostatic mixer on my combi based system and it works very well indeed.

    As mine was also a bath mounted tap setup I went with a bath-shower-mixer rather than the effort of plumbing in a wall mounted one. The options are less, but after some rummaging around I got a 'mixer only; new, unused, without box' aqualisa midas 200 of ebay for about £180.


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    Bristan do some similar.

    Edited for typo.
     
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    Yeah, this is the one I have got.
    http://www.plumbworld.co.uk/aqualisa-midas-200-2679-20156

    Obviously, the first thing I would try is how bad it is should someone use a cold tap while your showering, and if thats not a problem, carry on as is!

    That said, a nice mixer makes a difference in my opinion as it make it so much quicker or simpler to jump in the show and turn it on to the right temperature.


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    you can try all those things but the truth is that if there is insufficient flow into the house then when a tap is opened with low resistance a fitting with higher resistance will suffer...

    ideally you need the shower flow rate (8-10l/m) plus the tap flow rate (say 6-12 l/m) coming into the property...then you need to put flow regulators on the taps...

    combos are a poor substitute for proper plumbing!
     
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    Yes but at least with a thermostatic valve you don't get scalded, combi or not!
     
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    Thanks all.

    Will look have a look about. Am also thinking of re-doing the bathroom and putting a shower in to a cupboard so may leave for a bit.
     
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    Yes, but who makes it? Is it any good? When it needs spares, will they be available?

    I would spend a little more to get something similar from a known, long established, quality brassware manufacturer. They have good spares and service backup. Unbranded stuff often gets binned unnecessarily after a surprisingly short time, not just because it's poor quality, but for want of a simple spare.

    https://www.google.co.uk/shopping/p...10&ei=YQVhU6qUKaWU0AWEqoHIDQ&ved=0CLACEKYrMA8

    https://www.google.co.uk/shopping/p...10&ei=YQVhU6qUKaWU0AWEqoHIDQ&ved=0CPQBEKYrMAo

    https://www.google.co.uk/shopping/p...10&ei=YQVhU6qUKaWU0AWEqoHIDQ&ved=0CN8CEKYrMBM

    I wouldn't go the electric route. You will probably be disappointed by the flow from even the most powerful electric shower.
     
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    As said thermostatic shower mixer is the way to go but before we got the thermostatic we kept a plastic cup beside the kitchen tap we just popped it over the kitchen tap head to remind others before going into the shower! :D
     
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