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Electric Shower Installation Cost & Prices 2022

Electric showers are great for when you want instant hot water. There may also provide energy savings and are especially popular for homes with combi boilers.

However, because they combine water and electricity, it is essential they are installed correctly and safely. The work needs to be carried out by either a Part-P certified plumber or an electrician.

You may be wondering how much you need to pay to get an accredited professional to install your electric shower.

This article will cover what you can expect to pay to install an electric shower and the factors that affect the cost.

Average Electric Shower Installation Cost

Average prices and ranges below do not include VAT. Most fitters will only quote for the labour work, i.e the installation of the shower itself, meaning you’ll need to pay for the shower itself on top.

RangesAverageTypical Range
Labour/Installation Only£320£160 - £500
Shower Cost£200£50 - £400
Total£520£210 - £900

Labour can take anywhere from 3 to 8 hours to install.

However, many factors can affect the price of a quote, meaning it’s difficult to get an accurate one without a professional seeing your property.

The price of the shower itself can vary considerably depending on your budget. You can pay as little as £50 for a budget power electric shower usually up to £400 for premium electric showers. However, you can pay even more for one if you want to.

Why You Can Trust this Data

We contacted 37 companies across the UK in 2020 for quotes on installing an electric shower. Since the price of showers can vary considerably, most would quote for the labour costs to install, then expect you to supply the shower yourself.

To get the figures for the showers themselves, we checked a number of shower retailers and aggregated the data. The prices were checked and updated on the 10th January 2022.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Installing an Electric Shower

There are many issues that can change the average prices. Here are some of the most important things an electrician or plumber will have to bear in mind.

Whether You Already Have an Existing Electric Shower

If you already have an electric shower fitted and simply need a new shower to replace your existing one, expect to pay closer to £70 – £150 for the labour costs, plus the cost of the shower itself.

This is because all the cabling in already and installed and should be able to still be used provided it is in good condition.

The Distance of Shower From Consumer Unit

The next thing to consider is how far and how easy is it to get a cable from the consumer unit to the shower via an isolator. The length of a shower cable costs roughly £3 per metre.

The route itself from your shower to your consumer unit may also be problematic. For example, if carpets or flooring need to be removed, this will add cost. Cables may also need to be chased into the walls.

How Powerful Your Shower Is (kW Output)

Showers are powered by kilowatts (kW). The higher the kW the more powerful the shower and the bigger the cable needs to be. Cable runs are usually 6mm or 10mm.

Generally, 10mm will suffice for an electric shower with 8.5 – 9.5 kW of output. However, it may be worth opting for 10mm cabling even if your electric shower has a lower output in case you replace it with a more powerful shower in the future.

This ensures you don’t have to redo the cabling.

Does Your Consumer Unit Have RCD Protection?

An RCD (residual current device) is a device that stops you from getting a fatal electric shock if you touch something live, such as a bare wire. It can also provide protection against electrical fires.

The shower will need its own circuit which needs to be RCD protected to meet regulations. Your consumer unit should already have RCD’s and hopefully, space for a new circuit.

These costs should be covered with a contractor’s quote. However, a stand-alone RCD unit stand is about £40. It may need a henley block which is roughly £10.

A new consumer unit if updated for dual RCD is about £80 for dual RCD. A surge protection device is an extra £40.

Amount of Plumbing Works

All electricians are certified to install the electrical aspect of the job, but not many plumbers. They need to be part-P certified, which allows them to work with electrical components.

Therefore, if you use an electrician, then you may still need to hire a plumber for that side of the job. They will need to do all the works relating to water (i.e whether you need pipes in the wall).

Location

Labour costs in London and the south of England are generally more expensive than elsewhere. You can expect to pay anywhere somewhere in the region of 10-20% extra.

If the contractor needs to travel beyond a certain radius, then they may add an extra fee on top.

How Does the Material Shortage Affect Prices in 2022?

Prices within the construction industry have continued to rise into 2022. Because certain material costs are fluctuating rapidly, tradespeople pricing up jobs longer than a month away may add extra to mitigate the risk.

Materials that may be used when installing an electric shower that are in low supply at the moment include:

  • Electrical components
  • Shower enclosures
  • Plumbing items

Electric Shower vs Other Types of Shower

Since there are multiple types of showers, it’s worth knowing the price range vs other types so you can compare and see whether they are worth it for you.

Remember, these are the supply only cost of the showers and does not include labour or fitting costs.

Type of ShowerLow RangeHigh Range
Electric£50£400
Mixed£50£450
Thermostatic£60£450
Power£160£570
Digital£300£1000

Electric showers are heated by an electrical element and only require a cold water supply. They heat the water up themselves with an in-built heating device. Higher kW rates have better hot water flow.

Manual mixer showers combine both hot and cold water supplies to create the temperature required. They can be used with gravity-fed and mains pressure systems.

Thermostatic showers are a type of mixer shower which features a thermostatic valve that maintains a constant water temperature.

Digital showers are similar to mixer showers, but allow you to pre-set temperatures with controls so you can choose your own temperature and not have to wait around.

Power showers use both hot and water supplies and mix them to create the desired temperature. They differ to electric showers in that they have an internal pump that boosts water flow.

Why Choose an Electric Shower vs Other Types?

Electric showers are common across the UK. If you’re thinking about having an electric shower installed, there are a couple of advantages over other shower types.

  • Hot water supply isn’t needed
  • Easier to install resulting in lower labour costs 
  • Connects to cold water storage and heats water quickly
  • Will keep working even if your boiler fails as the shower heats the water itself, not the boiler

However, they need a good water pressure from your mains supply or shower pump to work properly.

How to Choose the Right Electric Shower Fitter

Self-certification schemes can help show a contractor or tradesman’s competence. The certifications include:

  • British Standards Institution
  • ELECSA
  • NAPIT Certification
  • BRE Certification
  • NICEIC Certification Services

Your local council’s Building Control department can help you better understand these schemes if you wish to do so.

The contractor or tradesperson must agree that all installations comply with building regulations before work is undertaken. Once the work is completed, a BS7676 certificate must be issued. This is necessary to prove the electrical work has been safely completed when you sell your house.

If a new electric shower is being installed from scratch with no prior cabling, this must be done by a part-P certified plumber or electrician to ensure the wiring works safely.

If the electric shower is being replaced like-for-like, it may be possible to install yourself. However, it’s still best to call a professional since different shower models use different wattages and the cabling may need to be changed.

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About the Author

Alex Johnson is a qualified quantity surveyor and writer with a passion for conducting original research and uncovering the true cost of jobs. His cost data has been referenced by EDF Energy and the Scottish Government.

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