There are a few reasons why showers don't last very long like they used to do.
I have fitted replacement showers for many years now and noticed the trend towards returning customers asking for replacements within 2 - 4 years.
1 Entry level showers are cheap to buy and made to sell cheap - So manufacturers make these for market share.
2 Customers will overheat showers and not be aware - Cheap showers are designed to run 15 minutes and need 45 minutes to cool down - Sending the kids in for a shower one after the other will quickly overheat the shower - Expansion and contraction of the cheap plastic parts soon break down if the duty cycle is not observed. Remember 15 minutes on maximum - 45 minutes off to cool down.
3 Hard water areas will soon fur up the heating elements
4 Failing to flush out the hot water after use will also fur up the heating element - Cheap showers do not have a phased shut down that automatically flush hot water.
5 Not fitting the shower correctly when installing - The air has to be purged from the heating element before turning on the heating element - Many people turn the shower on without water inside the heating can ! If you are lucky the heating element is damaged and will work for a short while or if unlucky it can burn out immediately. You wouldn't turn on a kettle with no water inside would you.
6 Not fitting the shower to a flat even surface - this usually means no tiles behind the shower but tiles all around the outside. The switches and controls may bind and stick if the casing is twisted or forced to fit the base unit under stress.
There is nothing wrong buying a cheap shower if the budget is tight but don't expect 15 years service like they used to do, and you expect to replace more frequently.
Cheap showers tend to have more faults when fitting straight from the box but I replace those on the same visit and generally don't hear anything more about them for a few years.
Tend to be a little more noisy
Lower life expectancy
Why pay more for a premium shower ?
1. Premium showers have superior internal parts,
2. Last 3 maybe 4 times longer, for example I have been fitting Mira Sports for the last 8 years and not had any negative feedback or requests for a replacement indicating they are all still going strong !
3. Premium showers are quieter
4. Retain looks
5. Higher even temperature & flow rate
6. Last for many years
7. Phased shut down
8. Aesthetically pleasing
Work it out... a typical £260 cheap shower replaced minimum 3 times over 10 years compared to one of our premium brand showers.
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