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Walk-in bath advice

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Florine
Florine Community member Posts: 64 Courageous
Hello, everyone.  I haven't been around for a bit, but we've just moved into a new house and it has a walk-in bath/shower unit.  Trouble is, I've no idea who the manufacturer was, and we don't have any instructions, model numbers or anything!  Does anyone have any advice on how I could find out how it all works, please?

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  • DayDreamBeliever
    DayDreamBeliever Community member Posts: 75 Courageous
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    Would contacting the previous owners/landlord depending on the situation be an option?

    Failing that you might have to have a look at some online and see if you can spot the one you have and then go from there. Or you could try posting a photo to see if anyone has one similar and can help 
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  • Florine
    Florine Community member Posts: 64 Courageous
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    I'm afraid not: the sellers had very little information about the property.  I might try posting a photo here once the dust has settled, so to speak.
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
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    @Florine Congratulations on moving into your new house! I hope it's all going well! :) 

    As Daydreamer has said, you could try describing it into Google and clicking on Images to see if anything comes up? 
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  • Florine
    Florine Community member Posts: 64 Courageous
    edited July 2023
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    So, my first question, I guess, would be where the hot water comes from.  Does the unit heat the hot water itself, like an electric shower (oh, my electric bills, in that case!), or does it come from the household hot water system?  We have a non-combi boiler with a hot water cylinder, so I don't know whether I need to heat the water in the cylinder or not.

  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
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    @Florine I tried doing a little research and found myself very confused. But, I did come across this blog / website called PlumbWorld who have some great information pages about different types of showers and systems. I noticed they had an online chat feature. It may be worth asking there to see if they could advise :) 
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  • Florine
    Florine Community member Posts: 64 Courageous
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    Thanks, Hannah - you weren't the only one who was confused!
  • Wibbles
    Wibbles Community member Posts: 1,772 Pioneering
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    @Florine I would say that the water will be plumbed in to your normal hot water system - the shower is unlikely to have it's own heating system - unless there is a separate fuse on your fuse box (using electricity to heat water, on demand (like in a shower) consumes a lot of electricity and cannot be plugged in to a normal wall socket) - so I am 99% sure that your hot water will come from the same source as the bathroom basin and your kitchen hot taps - ie) The tank that is heated by your boiler.
    Try turning your boiler off and empty the tank - then try the shower to check - you should find that the shower will not run hot.....
  • Florine
    Florine Community member Posts: 64 Courageous
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    Wibbles is right - it is fed off the standard hot-water system.  I'd forgotten I'd asked this!  Thanks!
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