When I stepped in the shower for the first time in Ecuador I was shocked to see wires coming out of the shower head! I could not believe what I was seeing! My whole life I was taught that electricity and water make a deadly mix.
I didn’t know if I should turn it on or not. I called Bryan over to take a look and see what he thought. We determined that it must be OK because the wires were coming out of the top where we thought (and hoped) the water could not reach them. So I held my breath and started the electric shower.
As I think about that now, I can’t help but smile. I took a shower every day for more than a year with that type of a set up and thought nothing of it. It did take a little getting used to because there was a bit of a trick to it. If the water flow was too fast the shower would be cold, the flow had to be started slowly and then left to warm up. Then the flow could be gradually increased until it was coming out reasonable fast and warm at the same time.
I have never been in an “electric shower” that had a powerful flow and was hot at the same time. It can be a little annoying when you are used to a hot powerful shower, but if an electric shower is what the apartment you want has, you can get used to it as long as the building is wired properly. If it’s not, the shower will fluctuate, much the way the lights brighten and dim as the electricity flows unevenly throughout the building. If this is the case, you may not be very happy with your morning shower. You may be even grumpier when you come out, than you were when you went in.
If you don’t want to deal with that, make sure you check the shower set up before you move in. If it has an electric shower head you will be able to tell right away because you can see the wires coming out of the shower head. If you don’t see wires, then the shower is heated by propane.
Some apartments have the propane heating unit right in the apartment, and you have to take care of setting it how you want it. Others have them in a central location; if this is the case you will probably forget all about it. You might even think the water is coming out of a hot water tank, just like in the States or Canada, if that is what you were used to.
Are electric shower heads safe? Yes. I guess you could say that we are living proof of that .
Do you have any funny stories about your first encounter with an electric shower? If you do, please share them with us by commenting on this post.