No Power to Electric Shower: Resolved
Electric showers are one of my favourite types of showers. They are among the cheapest showers on the market. Simply power it on and they quickly heat up your water, giving you an amazing shower. However, when there is no power to the electric shower there is nothing more infuriating!
If you’re having no power to your electric shower, we will help you resolve this.
In this article, we will explore several solutions to get your electric shower back up and running again.
After lots of research on forums and online, we have found that the most common cause for the no power to electric shower fault is an issue with the fuse.
Disclaimer: it is always recommended to seek the assistance of a professional certified electrician, as electrical faults can be extremely dangerous. If in doubt, get in touch with a local electrician.
Ways to identify why there is no power to your electric shower
There are a number of tell-tell signs that will give some indication as to why there isn’t any power to your electric shower. These include:
- Electric shower keeps tripping the switch
- Burning smell coming from your electric shower
- Electric shower coming off the wall
Common causes for the no power to electric shower fault
Electric showers can stop working due to a number of different reasons. These include:
- Fuse tripped or turned off
- Consumer unit fuse tripped or off
- Power cut
- Electrical failure in your home
- Faulty electric shower
What is a fuse?
A fuse is simply an electrical safety device that works to provide protection against overcurrent, on an electrical circuit, like your home electrical system, for example.
Fuses have a switch, similar to a light switch, allowing you to turn it on or off and will automatically switch off if there is an issue. Fuses come in different shapes and styles. These days they usually have a light on them showing activation.
How to check if the fuse is stopping the power to my electric shower?
Electric showers will be connected to a fuse outside of your shower or bathroom, usually somewhere close by, on the other side of the wall, for example, and it will be lit up (typically red) if it is working and powered on.
Check your fuse to see if it is powered on via the light. Also, check if there switch is actually on. There have been some cases where powering the fuse off and on resolves the issue, since this, in essence, is resetting the electric shower.
If the fuse is not showing a light then it could be the fuse causing the problem but not necessarily. It could also be a power outage or failure within your home and you will need to check your consumer unit/fuse board.
What is a consumer unit?
A consumer unit, also known as a fuse board, switch panel, electric panel, fuse box, etc) is a major part of your home’s electricity supply system, that divides the electrical power coming into your home, into subsidiary circuits, while providing a protective fuse, for each circuit in a common enclosure or area.
If you have ever looked at your fuse board, you will see switches with labels for different areas of your house, as seen below.
Checking the consumer unit: what am I looking for?
Based on where your shower is located, will determine the switch that corresponds with your shower. If it is in your bathroom then there will be a suitable label referencing “bathroom”, for example.
Is the switch off? You can usually tell quite quickly as it will be in a different position to the other locations on the unit. If it is switched off then this is likely why your electric shower isn’t working.
What is important to note here is, something caused the fuse to trip, meaning there is a potential electric issue at play in your home.
For this reason, it is important to get an electrician to investigate. They’d be able to test the voltage and identify where the issue is.
If the fuse has not tripped and is powered on fine, the issue will likely be with the shower itself.
Faulty Electric Shower Causing No Power
A faulty electric shower can cause no power and if this is the case you will need to get in touch with the manufacturer – as long as you are still under warranty.
If you are outside your warranty, which is likely the case, you will need to get a replacement. Most electric showers have a warranty period of around 1 to 2 years and they last a fairly long time without any issues.
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