Among the many faults that an electric shower might run into, the powering issue is by far the most common one. Luckily, despite being an electrical and power-related issue, this fault is surprisingly easy to fix. This, however, does not mean that you do not need any skill or knowhow to troubleshoot this issue. Just like any other malfunction in an electric shower, you will need some basic DIY skills to troubleshoot and apply the required fix. This article is all about an electric shower that has failed to turn on and how you can go about fixing it.
If your electric shower does not turn on even when you flip the switch to its “on” state, then it means there is a problem with the shower’s circuit breaker. Every electric shower has its own separate circuit breaker that works hand in hand with its custom thermal cut-out (TCO). The circuit breaker flips off whenever the there is a problem with the electric circuit in the unit. This problem could be too much current flowing to the unit. The current is not supposed to go beyond the circuit’s rating and if this happens, the breaker is triggered and it flips off immediately. Sometimes the unit could be receiving too much current without your knowledge although it is easy to tell if this is the case.
Another cause of this problem is a faulty heating element in the electric shower. The heating element is responsible for heating the water in the shower. If this component becomes faulty for one reason or another, you will not be able to turn on the electric shower. Some of the reasons your electric shower could fail to turn on due to a faulty heating element include poor quality and prolonged use. A heating element of poor quality will not last long enough to give you the value of your money. On the other hand, whether it is a good quality heating element or not, prolonged use will definitely wear it away and eventually it will be rendered useless. However, this is quite rare case because most of the heating elements will have their lifetime indicated on the package although this is a mere estimate.
As we said earlier, despite being an electric issue, you can pretty much fix it by yourself without involving the input of an electrician. If you find out that the problem causing your electric shower not to turn on is in the circuit breaker, then you need to head to the breaker box and simply flip the switch back on. You should be able to get your shower back to working ways once you do this. However, if you realize that the shower is still not able to turn on even after fixing the circuit breaker, then the problem could be a faulty heating element, in which case you will need to replace it. The replacement can be obtained from the store supplied by the manufacturer. It is, however, advisable to just replace the entire unit if the problem is a malfunctioning heating element. If you do however decide to replace the entire unit, we have a handy list of electric shower reviews.