Shower's pressure relief device has operated.


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Another Dave

I've just moved into a new (for me) house only to find that water is
pouring out of the bottom of the electric shower - a Gainsborough 8.5kW
model. The previous owners have gone on holiday and Gainsborough Showers
are closed for the weekend. There's still enough water getting through
to have a shower so there's no hygiene emergency.

It seems the pressure relief device has operated because if I remove the
shower head the water comes only through the pipe.

Are these devices one-shot or is there a way of resetting it?

Another Dave
 
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Another Dave

Jim said:
Well I don't quite understand your logic. That suggest to me that the shower
head has something to do with the problem, choked maybe?
My logic is that the extra back pressure caused by the head is causing
the problem. The head isn't blocked and a new head hasn't cured the problem.
If you can't find manual downloads from the manufacturer's website a
selection of downloads are available on Screwfix. The Triton manual makes
it clear you should isolate the shower until you have tyaken proper advice.
I have the manual and it says ring Gainsborough's service number. I did
this and they said they were closed until Monday

Thanks for the reply

Another Dave
 
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Ed Sirett

I've just moved into a new (for me) house only to find that water is
pouring out of the bottom of the electric shower - a Gainsborough 8.5kW
model. The previous owners have gone on holiday and Gainsborough Showers
are closed for the weekend. There's still enough water getting through
to have a shower so there's no hygiene emergency.

It seems the pressure relief device has operated because if I remove the
shower head the water comes only through the pipe.

Are these devices one-shot or is there a way of resetting it?

Another Dave
The pressure relief device is very sensitive on these models and will
operate if someone has the audacity to place their palm over the shower
head.

However they are also very easy to fix.
You need a No.1 point (small) cross head (posi and phillips are
interchangeable at this size).

with the power off (of course) and the bath plug in the hole (you'll find
out why later) remove the trim plate, control knob and unscrew (normal No.
2 Pozi) the outer cover. You can then remove (with the No.1 point) the
outlet fitting. In the outlet fitting is a small rubber ball (about 6mm
diam) which can be reseated back in the outlet fitting.

If the releif water is running down the tiles then you may have no problem
but if it's finding its way behind...



Gas Fitting Standards Docs here: http://www.makewrite.demon.co.uk/GasFittingStandards
 
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Another Dave

Ed said:
The pressure relief device is very sensitive on these models and will
operate if someone has the audacity to place their palm over the shower
head.

However they are also very easy to fix.
You need a No.1 point (small) cross head (posi and phillips are
interchangeable at this size).

with the power off (of course) and the bath plug in the hole (you'll find
out why later) remove the trim plate, control knob and unscrew (normal No.
2 Pozi) the outer cover. You can then remove (with the No.1 point) the
outlet fitting. In the outlet fitting is a small rubber ball (about 6mm
diam) which can be reseated back in the outlet fitting.

If the releif water is running down the tiles then you may have no problem
but if it's finding its way behind...
That's the kind of reply that really impresses me. I'll give it a try.
The water is just running down the tiles so I don't expect any problem
there.

Thank you very much.

Another Dave
 
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Another Dave

Ed said:
However they are also very easy to fix.
They are with the right instructions. It only took a few minutes.

You're a scholar and a gentleman. Thanks very much.

Another Dave
 
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On Sat, 16 Jun 2007 09:43:15 +0100, Another Dave wrote:

The pressure relief device is very sensitive on these models and will
operate if someone has the audacity to place their palm over the shower
head.

However they are also very easy to fix.
You need a No.1 point (small) cross head (posi and phillips are
interchangeable at this size).

with the power off (of course) and the bath plug in the hole (you'll find
out why later) remove the trim plate, control knob and unscrew (normal No.
2 Pozi) the outer cover. You can then remove (with the No.1 point) the
outlet fitting. In the outlet fitting is a small rubber ball (about 6mm
diam) which can be reseated back in the outlet fitting.

If the releif water is running down the tiles then you may have no problem
but if it's finding its way behind...


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Ed Sirett - Property maintainer and registered gas fitter.
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Gas fitting FAQ http://www.makewrite.demon.co.uk/GasFitting.html
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Glad I found this post. 20 mins. No cost and no waiting for parts. Excellent description.

Many thanks.

Derek
 
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This is from a gal who thought she was going to have to spend £'s on a new shower or get a plumber in. Thank you, I am so glad I found this post and I am so grateful that your reply was straightforward and easy to follow. Brilliant! Cheers! X
 
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I know the original post is 12 years old now but this was invaluable! My wife called me on my way home saying that the shower had ‘exploded’ while she had the shower head down finding a home colour from her hair! I stumbled across this thread and sure enough happened to see the rubber ball from the relief pipe sitting in the middle of the bathroom floor. Two minutes and it was fixed, thanks guys.
 
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