Idiot shower!


Hi all, I`ve just tried to have a shower, and the overheat light came on and it made a burning smell. Isn`t this a wonderful Christmas gift?
How difficult is a shower to fit, for someone who`s not great at DIY? I can get one tomorrow (and will have the joy of fighting the Christmas shopping rush to boot!), but I`m not an expert DIYer. The fitting we have now is a Mira Essentials 9.5 kW shower, with the cold water entering via a pipe on the bottom left of the unit, and the shower head attached to the bottom right of the unit (the electricity must come in from the wall directly behind the unit (presumably, as I can`t see any electric cables). Am I likely to be able to get pretty much any electric shower to fit this set-up easily, or am I going to be having some very cold showers for a few days?
Thanks for your help!
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Hi Simon If you brave your local DIY store you may find the new Mira on offer (it is in the NW ) and it should be a simple swap if the shower was fitted properly in the first place. Look for a service valve (in line tap like a washing machine tap) in the feed pipe. Failing this turn of cold water and open kitchen tap to drain pipes. Turn of electricity at main breaker (not at switch some helpfull person may turn it on ) The shower feed is only 3 wires L N and earth. The water is a std 1/2" compression fitting. Warning most showers have a nylon inlet so don't overtighten when fitting.
Good luck and Merry Xmas (hopefully warmly showered) CJ
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Hi CJ, the shower was fitted by my dad a fair while ago (bought the house off the parents) and he`s not the best at DIY. The service valve is fairly stuck, and I`m not going to snap a pipe and cause damage, so I`ve found the stop tap for the entire water supply. I am in the NW so I`m going to take this shower off the wall, take it to B&Q with me and get something that matches as closely as I possibly can. Then dash back home, fit it, use it and hopefully be at a Christmas Dinner for 3PM. Optimistic - me? :-)
I`m going to turn the electricity off at the switch for the shower and the main box as well - I work on and understand the motorway, I have worked with and understand radiation, but mains electricity is a black art as far as I`m concerned. The more switches turned off between me and a power station the better!
I`ll let you know how I get on!
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Simon Finnigan wrote: *snip*

Are you still alive? 14/01/07
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Yeah :-) Been running round like mad - had one of those times. 2 cars needing replacing, pets dying, but the shower is working :_)
Thanks all for their help!
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Simon Finnigan wrote:

So glad! :-)
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