Tips and Advice
How can I save money on my hot water bill?
If you are a household with a shower that is currently running at 20 litres per minute on mains pressure for example and you have an average of four ten minute showers every day, by switching to a Methven Satinjet shower with a flow restrictor, you could potentially save money on your hot water bill.
Swap your current shower for a Satinjet shower fitted with a 14 litre per minute flow restrictor, and you could potentially save up to 27% of your hot water energy costs (to heat your hot water) and 30% on total water costs!*
Even better, change it to a Satinjet shower fitted with a 9 litre per minute flow restrictor, and you could potentially save up to 50% of your hot water energy costs (to heat your hot water) and 55% on total water costs on an ongoing basis. This means the Satinjet would pay for itself in just a matter of months.*
The Methven Satinjet – a superior shower experience with superior cost savings built in, so you win both ways. Satinjet Showers start at just $220.00 and are available from all leading plumbing stores nationwide.
*Please note, savings indicated are an example only and are based on 2007 Auckland energy and water rates and are for the water heating portion of power usage only.
How easy is it to upgrade my shower head or handset?
It is relatively easy to upgrade most showers to a Methven Shower because the fittings on most showers are universal. However, there are some exceptions with some brands and products.
Simply ensure that your shower is off and use a spanner to loosen off the shower rose. Remove the shower rose. A new Methven Shower should simply screw onto this fitting. Please ensure that there is a washer in place to prevent any leakage. Note: this only applies if you are removing a shower head from an arm. It does not apply when removing an arm. In this case threads need to be sealed For more information, please contact your local Methven stockist or contact us directly.
Simply ensure that your shower is off and twist off your shower handset. If this is tight, which may have happened due to a calcium build-up, you may require a spanner for this. Remove the handset. A new Methven Shower should simply screw onto this fitting. Please ensure that there is a washer in place to prevent any leakage. For more information, please contact your local Methven Stockist or contact us directly.
My shower head is leaking, what should I do about it?
- Check the faceplate is not cracked. If it is, you will need to order either a new faceplate if one is available (currently only available on Methven Satinjet Futura or Genesis showers) or a new showerhead or handset. The cracking could be due to the pressure of your shower being too high. In this case a flow restrictor will need be installed to prevent it happening again. Please see Water Saving for more information on flow restrictors.
- Check if the fitting is threading correctly or not cross threaded. A washer may need to be fitted. If the fitting has been cross threaded, a new showerhead may be needed. Note: you should not use thread tape when fitting Methven showerheads to shower arms.
- Your hose or hose fittings may be damaged (if you have a slide shower). In this case you will need a new hose.
Care & Cleaning Instructions
Methven tapware is designed and manufactured for enduring good looks. To maintain the quality finish please follow these guidelines:
- Choose only gentle cleaning products and don’t use harsh abrasives.
- Wipe with a soft cloth and water or, when necessary, use mild dishwashing liquids or liquid soaps.
- To remove stubborn stains or marks, look for a reliable brand of specialist metal cleaner (e.g. a gold cleaner for gold finishes).
Some of my shower's nozzles seem to be blocked, what can I do about it?
After a period of time, the nozzles can become blocked with lime or calcium build-up from hard water which distorts the spray pattern. In this case, simply soak it in equal parts vinegar and hot water. This should dissolve the mineral deposits. Avoid caustic cleaners.