So - some background. I'm fairly new to the concept of electric showers - showers that heat cold water themselves with internal heating elements. With my shower, I have two dials - one for temperature, and another for adjusting the "Eco" setting. This eco dial has three positions - I'm totally blind, so not sure how these are physically labeled. During testing, it appears that if I have my temperature setting on the highest value and do the same for the eco dial, the water is at its hottest. If I then keep the temperature at the same setting but turn the eco dial down, it appears that the shower will wait until the water cools down before it will then heat some more - and on its lowest setting (which I assume is off or similar), the water doesn't appear to get heated at all.

So - my question. If no heating is performed on water when the heating/eco dial is at its lowest value despite the temperature dial being on the highest setting, why have an "off" value for this dial? Is this effectively the same as simply turning the temperature dial down to its lowest value?

  • Are you sure that there's no heating being performed on the low eco setting? Maybe it's slower. Or, maybe the water doesn't cool enough in your situation to reach the heating threshold.
    – isherwood
    Sep 25, 2019 at 19:49
  • You could leave the temperature dial at whatever level is most comfortable for you in normal use, but then turn the heating on or off as desired instead of re-adjusting the temperature every time...
    – brhans
    Sep 25, 2019 at 19:55

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Note: this answer is based on my experiance in the UK, I do not know if this are the same in the rest of the world.

Traditionally the "temperature" control on an electic shower did not directly control temperature, instead it controlled flow rate. For a given input water temperature and heating power, a lower flow rate resulted in a higher temperature.

Nowadays nearly all electric showers have thermostats to prevent the output water becoming unexpected hot in limited water scenarios, but the control scheme in normal operation (not limited by input water) remains the same. You set a power control to select how much heating power (if any) you want, then use the main dial to control the trade-off between temperature and flow, or in the case of "cold" mode to control the flow.

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