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Replacing old Triton electric shower

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Roger465, 17 Jul 2021.

  1. Roger465

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    Hello everybody - I have an ancient shower unit in which the thermostat no longer works. It may be as much as 25 years old, so time to go I reckon.

    Is this considered a DIY job, or do I have to get a team of plumbers/sparks/Health & Safety inspectors?

    I can do basic stuff like compression joints, and know the difference between brown and ble when it comes to wiring :D

    Thanks
     
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    It's not particularly difficult, but a likely problem will be the electrical supply - older showers were typically much less powerful than those you can buy today, and the cable, circuit breaker etc. may not be suitable for a new one.
     
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    Oh right... so... ummm... what do people do? The consumer unit is at the very other end of the house...
     
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    Report in with the MCB rating, post a photo if unsure and the cable size and you will get some replies. If you don't know the cable size it may be stamped on it, or measure the overall width of the grey part accurately and report back.
     
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    OK thanks - haven't got the cable size yet, but it's a Triton T100e thermostatic, rated at 8.5KW; 40A trip in the consumer unit...
     
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    25 years for a Triton shower??

    I would contact Triton and let them know what good service you got from the shower, you never know, they might send you out a new one.

    Andy
     
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    Heh - I've only been here 4 years. As it's so knackered, and knowing the tightness of the people I bought the house from, I was kind of assuming it was fitted when the house was built :LOL:

    But I see there are cheapo units available, also rated at 8.5KW, like this one
     
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    If it is for yourself, then you might find it worthwhile investing a bit more, for a fully automatic temperature control shower. They are chalk and cheese, compared to the manual temperature control based on adjusting the flow, just set and forget, irrespective of the incoming water temperature and season.
     
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    Yes it's for us - I'll do some research thanks :)
     
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    Sorry, forgot to ask what is for me the most important question... how complicated is it likely to be connecting up the cold main?

    I mean, I expect that'll be a piece of string kind of question, but is it the sort of job where I'm going to have to start making up joints and elbows and little bits of flexi pipe and things, or are the manufacturers clever enough to make it something approaching easy?

    Thanks again :D
     
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    Using the shower that I provided the link above in, is very easy to fit, hence being called an 'easi fit'.

    Take the cover off your shower and post a picture (power to shower turned off)

    Andy
     
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    The power and water can flip over to be on any side to fit your existing installation.

    Andy
     
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    If it doesn't have one already, best to fit an isolation valve in the pipe somewhere, just for the shower.
     
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    Thanks Andy, and for the videos - it does look relatively easy, even for the ham-fisted and terminally impatient :mad:

    Cheers Harry - good point, which I'd have thought of afterwards :rolleyes:
     
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