Is it normal for electric shower heaters not to be grounded?

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Re: Is it normal for electric shower heaters not to be grounded?

Post by Username Taken » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:13 pm

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Re: Is it normal for electric shower heaters not to be grounded?

Post by Kayve » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:18 pm

Be careful, I'd not want to see "Barang got heart attack during shower" in the news :?
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Re: Is it normal for electric shower heaters not to be grounded?

Post by General Mackevili » Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:57 pm

Could electrocution explain all the untimely deaths of expats and tourists in Cambodia checking out early by "falling" in the bathroom?
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Re: Is it normal for electric shower heaters not to be grounded?

Post by taabarang » Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:15 pm

"normal" when used in the KofW means the usual incompetence when referring to either the trades or driving habits.
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Re: Is it normal for electric shower heaters not to be grounded?

Post by holidayinkh » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:22 pm

Something nobody mentioned... Install GFCI breakers and / or make sure the shower has a ELCB (usually identifiable if the shower has a "reset" button)?

A standard circuit breaker is not going to save your life... a proper GFCI breaker probably will.
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Re: Is it normal for electric shower heaters not to be grounded?

Post by Cam Nivag » Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:08 pm

holidayinkh wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:22 pm
Something nobody mentioned... Install GFCI breakers and / or make sure the shower has a ELCB (usually identifiable if the shower has a "reset" button)?

A standard circuit breaker is not going to save your life... a proper GFCI breaker probably will.



I just moved into a new apartment and when I use the hot water heater box I get hot water for a minute and then it trips the breaker and goes cold, every time. Is that saving my life each time it trips? Because I don't want to ask the landlord to fix it if that's saving my life.
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Re: Is it normal for electric shower heaters not to be grounded?

Post by timmydownawell » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:10 pm

Cam Nivag wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:08 pm
holidayinkh wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:22 pm
Something nobody mentioned... Install GFCI breakers and / or make sure the shower has a ELCB (usually identifiable if the shower has a "reset" button)?

A standard circuit breaker is not going to save your life... a proper GFCI breaker probably will.



I just moved into a new apartment and when I use the hot water heater box I get hot water for a minute and then it trips the breaker and goes cold, every time. Is that saving my life each time it trips? Because I don't want to ask the landlord to fix it if that's saving my life.
Could just be drawing more power than the circuit's designed for. If you can work out which power points are on the same circuit, plug a toaster/kettle/hairdryer in and see if you get the same result when you turn them on.
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Re: Is it normal for electric shower heaters not to be grounded?

Post by Wanker Wat » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:27 pm

I can’t see that anything else is on that circuit. I tried adjusting to less than full heat but it still trips it. I tried showering in the dark. Didn’t help.

What does work is turning off the water /box every 45 seconds for about ten seconds, but this is not an ideal way to shower .

I did mention it to the landlord, how would this be fixed anyway? Is it easy or a big fix?
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Re: Is it normal for electric shower heaters not to be grounded?

Post by prahocalypse now » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:29 pm

Wanker Wat wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:27 pm
I can’t see that anything else is on that circuit. I tried adjusting to less than full heat but it still trips it. I tried showering in the dark. Didn’t help.

What does work is turning off the water /box every 45 seconds for about ten seconds, but this is not an ideal way to shower .

I did mention it to the landlord, how would this be fixed anyway? Is it easy or a big fix?
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Re: Is it normal for electric shower heaters not to be grounded?

Post by Username Taken » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:56 pm

Wanker Wat wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:27 pm
I can’t see that anything else is on that circuit. I tried adjusting to less than full heat but it still trips it. I tried showering in the dark. Didn’t help.

What does work is turning off the water /box every 45 seconds for about ten seconds, but this is not an ideal way to shower .

I did mention it to the landlord, how would this be fixed anyway? Is it easy or a big fix?
Had a similar problem years back. Fixed by upgrading the fuse in the breaker/fuse box from something like 10 Amp to 15 or 20 (can't remember).
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