Electrician Wakefield install RCD protected shower circuits so you can enjoy the power shower of your choice.
Commercial - Industrial - Domestic Installations
We get called to many a house in Wakefield these days to offer advice and a site survey on the existing state of electrics before the purchase of a new electric shower is undertaken.
Sometimes the customer does not call a electrician until they have bought the new shower and this is where the problem starts as in most cases have to be the bearer of bad news and tell them they cannot have it fitted until they bring the rest of the installation up to standards for safety and regulation reasons.
The situation is usually always commonly the same, An ageing Wylex BS3036 re-wireable consumer unit as illustrated to the right, this type of fuse board was fine two decades ago but offers no RCD protection now which is mandatory on circuits especially those within a special zone like a bathroom.
In order to comply with the regulations and to sign the installation off as safe to use by the customer I have to upgrade the entire consumer unit, main under rated supply tails and check the Main Earthing conductors are sufficiently sized to 10mm2.
This is why electricians never quote over the phone, it’s not that they are being awkward, it is simply each house is different and some older and newer than others. Not all houses need the electrics upgrading before further works can be installed just mainly older houses.
Showers must be RCD or RCBO protected which stands for Residual Current Device, RCD'S can be found on these mains boards and are not to be confused with MCB'S which a lot of people do.
If a Electrician tells you he will replace your existing shower or install a new one shower without RCD protecting the shower and the circuit then this is against the regulations and could potentially be putting your life in danger.
Most showers are 10kw or greater that means 10000 watts at 230 volts, this is a very powerful electrical appliance in a zone zero environment meaning a water environment, it needs the maximum protection we can give it to ensure safety and that’s why the regulations are so strict. If you refuse to have your consumer unit upgraded to RCD protect the typical 10mm2 twin and earth cable needed for the installation the Approved Electrical Contractor should walk away from the job.
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