Category Archives: Digital Showers

Add Some Fun With A Digital Shower

It’s shower time for this adorable little Chow Chow, but he seems to be a little bit reluctant to go ahead!

If scenes like this are all too familiar with your family (maybe with your children, not the dog!), with the newly available Gainsborough Digital Shower, hopefully they will be a thing of the past. Your kids will love watching the red flashing lights – and when they stop flashing, it means the shower is ready to go! Our digital showers are really easy to operate – the simple push button control means the whole family will be able to use them. Clever digital technology and precise temperature control mean they’re safe too.

Digital Shower Push Button Control

Simple Push Button Control

Also available in a pumped version for Gravity-Fed water systems, our digital showers are currently only available to buy direct from us and come with a 3 year guarantee, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your new shower. If you’d like to find out more about Digital or have any questions, our friendly technical team are on hand to answer any queries you may have.

Give them a call on 01959 560760 (Monday – Friday 8:30 – 5:00) or send them an email.

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Top Tips For Winter Shower Care

Now that the cold weather has arrived, you may notice a change in your shower’s performance. Calls into our contact centre increase by around 20% at this time of year, with many of our customers wishing to replace older showers that have stopped working, or seeking advice about how to improve their shower’s performance during the cold weather. This guide to caring for your shower in the winter should help you understand and overcome the most common problems.

Why is my electric shower running cold?

Electric showers have a tendency to struggle during periods of cold weather, and you may find that the water is not as warm as usual, or the flow rate is reduced.

The reason behind this is that the water being fed into the shower is much colder than normal, and consequently the shower has to work much harder to heat the water to your usual temperature. The shower’s performance can also be affected due to the heavy demand on power over the winter which can cause the voltage to drop.

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to resolve this problem. You could consider upgrading your electric shower to one with a higher kilowatt rating (although bear in mind that this may require a Part P registered electrician to assess your cabling and install the new shower). Another option is to switch your electric shower to a mixer shower. The cold weather does not affect mixer showers as much as they take water from your hot water system rather than heating the mains fed water.

Finally, if possible, try to avoid using the electric shower first thing in the morning. Overnight, the temperature of the pipes will drop considerably meaning that the resulting temperature of the water will be much lower. If possible, try to use your electric shower later in the day when the outside temperature will be higher.

Digital Showers in the Winter

Digital showers can also suffer in the colder months. Issues can include the shower starting briefly but then switching off, or the lights illuminating but no water flow. These issues occur more frequently with customers whose processor (the mixer part of your shower which blends the hot and cold water together) is stored in the loft, or an area which is subject to the extreme cold weather. Extreme cold temperatures can affect the thermistor within the processor causing it to go into ‘safe mode’.

If your processor stops working, the first step would be to turn the power supply off for a few minutes before switching it back on.

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to prevent this from happening again.

  • Ensure that the pipe work to and from the processor is lagged (special tubular foam insulation)
  • Place a cardboard box over the processor but ensure that there are at least 2-3 inches of air clearance between the box and the processor. Add ventilation holes for pumped models. Do not wrap the processor or place a blanket around it or the cardboard box. Please note that it may be necessary to remove the cardboard box during the warmer summer months.

We’re part of the Aqualisa Group, and more information on digital shower care in the winter can be found on their website: Caring for Digital Showers in the Cold Weather.

Other things you can do to reduce the effect of the cold on your showering experience include: 

  • Insulating pipes with foam lagging;
  • Buying a cover for your hot water cylinder if it’s located in a cold place;
  • Ensuring that you boiler gets a service and is running efficiently.

And if all else fails….

If your shower does break down in the cold weather it can be a stressful experience trying to replace or fix it. Older showers are more prone to fail in the winter months and you may need to replace yours with a new, more efficient model. In our Winter Sale, prices start from just £61.50 for our 8.5kW se white electric shower so there’s never been a better time to buy. If you’re looking to install a higher kilowatt electric shower to better cope with the cold, prices start from only £91.99 for our 10.5kW se white electric shower. Alternatively, switch to a mixer shower or join the digital shower revolution. All our showers come with free next working day delivery (conditions may apply) and a free guarantee as standard.

If you simply need to replace a part that has failed, our comprehensive online parts store should stock the part you need.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Showers

For our very first post let’s start at the beginning, which is usually a very good place to start!

Whereas once upon a time the bath was always the most important feature in the bathroom, today, many people prefer to have showers over baths. Showers are quick and easy and suit those of us who lead busy lifestyles, making them ideal for everyday bathing, while baths are now usually reserved for when we want to take some time out and completely relax.

Shower technology can be confusing, however, and if you’re looking to buy a new shower it’s important to know which type of shower is right for you and your household.

So, which shower is right for you?

Firstly, there are 3 types of showers available: Digital, Mixer and Electric. The type of shower you choose will depend on your household water system as well as your specific requirements. Here is a rundown of all three types of shower:

Electric Showers

Electric showers are very popular as they are generally quite cheap to buy. They work from your mains cold water supply so can be installed in most households. The shower has a heating element which heats the water as it passes through (similar to a kettle) and delivers hot water. Usually, the higher the temperature, the lower the flow of water will be (as the water needs to spend more time heating on the element). Electric showers are available in different kilowatt ratings, with the most popular being 8.5 kW, 9.5 kW and 10.5 kW. The higher the kilowatt rating, the better performance you will receive (as the heating element is more powerful and can therefore heat the water more quickly).  It may be necessary for a Part P registered electrician to install cables depending on which kilowatt rating you go for. 

8.5 se Electric Shower

For larger families, or households with limited hot water, electric showers are a fantastic option as they heat water instantly. Electric showers are also ideal in an en-suite or second bathroom as they will not deplete the hot water supply. The look and style of an electric shower can vary from classic white, to stylish black or even chrome effect, so you’re bound to find a model to suit the décor in your bathroom.

See our range of electric showers.

Mixer Showers

As the name suggests, mixer showers take water from your hot and cold water supplies and blend it to reach your desired temperature. The shower model you need to buy will depend on the type of hot water system in your household – be it high-pressure, combi boiler or gravity-fed (low pressure). Most mixer showers today are thermostatic, which means that there are no fluctuations in the temperature of the shower should someone else in the house use water at the same time.

Ambassador Gravity-Fed Exposed Mixer Shower

Mixer showers are frequently available in stylish chrome finish, and often have minimalist designs which will suit almost any bathroom. When buying a mixer shower, you usually have the choice of either an exposed or concealed option. Exposed showers feature the valve on display, and are therefore easier to install with minimum disruption to the tiling and décor of your bathroom. Concealed showers have the valve hidden behind the wall, giving a clean and minimalist look, but are more complex to install and may therefore have higher associated labour costs.

Browse through our mixer showers.

Digital Showers

Digital showers offer unbeatable convenience combining clever technology, easy installation and even easier operation. Digital showers are simple and easy for all of the family to use as they feature one on-off push button with safe, precise temperature control. Powered by a processor which can be located in the loft, airing cupboard or under the bath, the shower heats the water to your desired temperature and the LED display lets you know when the shower is ready – meaning no more waiting under cold water for the shower to heat up. Some digital showers can even be powered by a remote control (at a distance of up to 10 metres), meaning that you can start the shower before you have even left your bed! Digital showers are available either pumped (for gravity-fed systems) or un-pumped (for high-pressure and combi systems) meaning there will be a digital shower to suit almost every household. Unlike traditional showers, digital showers can be installed in as little as 2 hours, meaning labour costs could be dramatically reduced.

Digital Showers

We have 2 digital showers to choose from: Our Digital Shower (for high pressure and combi systems) and our Pumped Digital Shower (for gravity-fed systems).

If you require any further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Services team on 01959 560760 who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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