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Why are showers so complicated? What will work?

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notagainnellie Fri 29-Jul-16 08:22:10

I need to replace my ensuite shower. Currently there is an old, yellowing electric one in there that is like standing under a dripping tap. I have had several plumbers out to give quotes and am just getting more and more confused and I really want to get this done by the end of the summer.

Water pressure is low and there is a gravity fed system (not combi). Cheapest option would be a new and better electric one, but I have read that this wouldn't solve the pressure problem so would probably not be great still.

My ideal option would be a thermostatic one, but latest plumber says even with a pump added this would not be ideal as it would pump the water so fast it would then run out/not be hot, and I would also need a new tank. This would push the cost up to approx 3K apparently, which is more than I want to pay as have been quoted 4.6K for a whole new bathroom and had thought this would be a cheaper option while I save a bit towards the bathroom.

So, in short, do I definitely need a new tank along with a pump? No one else has said so, and all the articles I have read just recommend pumps and don't seem to mention tanks then needing replacing. Obviously, I don't want a costly mistake!

Any advice would be much appreciated.

GiddyOnZackHunt Fri 29-Jul-16 13:37:21

Have you got a hot water tank in an airing cupboard?
We never had any problems with a basic thermostatic shower and pump when we had that arrangement.

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