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Old 11th December 2014, 12:20   #1 (permalink)
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Water heaters

I've been trying to find information about water heaters v individual shower units but I looked at this forum and it won't go past page three. So has anybody got any advice on the different systems?
Is it better to get an electric one with a tank where you probably heat more water than you need, or a gas one which gives instant hot water but are almost double the price or to go for individual shower units in each bathroom - do they produce enough hot water instantly?
Thoughts, advice and information welcome.
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Old 11th December 2014, 12:44   #2 (permalink)
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I have an electrıc water boıler whıch servıces all my apartment.It heats up pretty quıckly and has a thermostat dıal on the front of ıt so the water temp ıs very controllable.Some models have an economy settıng.I usually set ıt to 40c and fınd thats plenty hot enough for my needs.BUT you do need to raıse the temp occasıonally to over 60c as germs under that temp can cause the water to smell and be dıscolored.I got my water boıler from koctas and fıttıng was ıncluded and ıt ıs now 6 years old and stıll goıng strong.In my upstaırs bathroom ı also have an electrıc shower--also from koctas --not an expensıve one but great ıf you arrıve for a holıday and need a shower straıght away and ı use ıt all summer as ıt does a lovely tepıd shower on number 1 settıng and costs hardly anythıng to run and ıve had ıt now for 5 years.The shower usıng the water boıler ıs much stronger than the electrıc ınstant one.
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I use Electric showers in each bathroom,but what need i to do is fit small boilers under each sink as without a main boiler i get no hot water to the sinks,i think this works out cheaper than a main boiler as i get a fair amount of heat loss from the pipework that is buried in the walls before it reaches the taps,i already have a 15lt boiler under the sink in the kitchen which is very good.
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Basic - I am not a super diy man but where would you buy the small boiler and is it easy to fit up as like you we have electric showers but are forever boiling the kettle to wash up throughout the day and it does my hands no good at all :-)
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I have an electrıc water boıler whıch servıces all my apartment.It heats up pretty quıckly and has a thermostat dıal on the front of ıt so the water temp ıs very controllable.Some models have an economy settıng.I usually set ıt to 40c and fınd thats plenty hot enough for my needs.BUT you do need to raıse the temp occasıonally to over 60c as germs under that temp can cause the water to smell and be dıscolored.I got my water boıler from koctas and fıttıng was ıncluded and ıt ıs now 6 years old and stıll goıng strong.In my upstaırs bathroom ı also have an electrıc shower--also from koctas --not an expensıve one but great ıf you arrıve for a holıday and need a shower straıght away and ı use ıt all summer as ıt does a lovely tepıd shower on number 1 settıng and costs hardly anythıng to run and ıve had ıt now for 5 years.The shower usıng the water boıler ıs much stronger than the electrıc ınstant one.
I am same . my boiler is 10 years old and works perfect. As said the temp control on the front is very controllable ,and heats up in 15 mins from cold. Only thing i did do was put a descaler magnet on it .the showervis like a power shower.
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Electric all the time for me, simple to fit,no flue required etc,etc

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Basic - I am not a super diy man but where would you buy the small boiler and is it easy to fit up as like you we have electric showers but are forever boiling the kettle to wash up throughout the day and it does my hands no good at all :-)
The Boiler i have was brought from England but they were on sale in Baumax in bodrum,Kostas may sell as well, make is ARISTON under counter 2Kw boiler,connect a cold water supply to one side,other side to hot tap,connect cable as shown on instructions to boiler with a plug on the other end job done.Make sure it is an under counter one, the stub pipes come out the top not the bottom on the boiler.Hope that helps.
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Sometimes it depends on the house. When I lived in Bodrum, with a falt roof we had a solar system on the roof for hot water which fed into the cold water intake of an electrically heated boiler in the bathroom. This way we did not switch the boiler on over the summer but we were heating water which was already warm in the winter. the local plumbers could not get their head round the system though.
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All of the previous system all have their own + & -.

However, the main drawback with the normal instant type electric shower is 3* fold.

1*. You require a decent pressure of water. (especially for if and when anyone else turns on a cold tap to stop your shower scalding you)

2*. The colder the cold water supply is especially in the winter time, then the efficiency of the shower reduces 'drastically'.

3*. The higher the wattage shower you buy then the larger the electric supply must be, so you need to first find out what rating your fuse.breaker box is.

4. Generally the higher wattage the shower the better so it counteracts for cold water especially during the winter.

5. Here in the UK generally a 10Kw shower is recommended and now required to be wired in 10mm cable (usually T&E) so a fuse box need to be rated at least at 60 to 80 amps, or a RCB switch unit would need to be rated at 100 amps.
'Obviously people living there can tell you what their units run at'


On the plus side.
1. No extra/added plumbing or storage tanks other than the shower unit itself.

2. Only heat and pay for what you use (as and when you use it)

3. ???


Also don't forget, as with most things, don't forget to use a good 'Lime-scale' cleaner on a regular basis or the spray head/nozzle becomes blocked and also looks mangy.
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