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Is it connected to a combi or a pump?
Is there a pump pulsing at the same time the water does?
As far as I know, there isn't a pump, although the plumber who installed the shower might have done something to increase the water pressure from the boiler.
Also, it might be worth noting that I have a second shower head and the water runs through that absolutely fine.
This type of head uses a lot of water
The only way to increase the water flow is to increase the flow rate by taking the inlet filter out, but the faster the water the coller it gets so it would have no effect if you like a hot shower
You may find that the flow rate is too slow for the shower head - you will have a minimum on the paperwork
Perhaps the boiler cannot keep up with the flow rate anymore
Okay, how do I find out and more to the point, fix it? Where's the inlet filter for example? And why would the boiler initially be able to keep up the flow rate but not anymore? It's a good boiler and relatively new.
The inlet filter is on the cold inlet to the boiler
Do you have the make and model of the boiler, and also the shower head - let's just try and compare the 2 sets of figures.
Is the shower better at off-peak times? Perhaps you have a water pressure problem around there?
Ah, I'm at work at the moment so no way of finding that out immediately.
Water pressure is definitely a problem in my area...
That's fine - just come back when you have the information
Low water pressure will do this to your shower
Are they working on the water mains in the local area, this tends to drop the pressure also
So might it sort itself out if the pressure goes up locally...?
The higher the head above ground level, the worse it will be
Not to my knowledge, although they have been repaving recently. And I'm only on the first floor so not too far above ground.
Yes if they are having problems, but they only have to guarantee 1 bar of pressure, which means your shower upstairs may only be getting 0.5bar of pressure and with a shower head like that then it may just dribble out
Oh, I see. That sounds like the problem. I'd just been spoilt because for the first few months of having the shower, it seemed to work fine.
My advice would be to monitor it over a couple of days and see if it is better late at night, or though the night
A smaller head with less holes may be the only option if it does not improve sufficiently
Okay. Should I still find out the model of the boiler and shower head or do you think water pressure is the problem...?
To be honest it sounds like the water pressure
Yeah, I'm inclined to agree. And a smaller shower head may be the only answer. I'll monitor over the next few days and see if it picks up. Thanks for your help. Do I need to do anything else to make sure you get paid...?
I think there is an "accept" button somewhere?
Glad I could help
Got it. Have a good weekend. And thanks again.