My shower broke about 2 weeks ago.
I was in the middle of trying out a new system, turning off the hot water and only using the shower for my daily ablutions.
Of course 3 days in, the shower broke.
In the middle of me having a shower.
Covered in shampoo.
With no hot water left in the tank to rinse my hair.
I then had to do a dash to the kitchenn, boil the kettle mix it with some cold water and rinse my hair.
I thought I was going to have to buy a new shower at well over a £100 plus fitting. I have been in a right decline over the thought.
However, on Friday, Ian my saviour of an odd job came round and had a look. He declared it was the Solenoid valve which had broken. 20 minutes later he had ordered a new part via the glorious internet for £19.
Last night he came round and fitted it for £20.
A huge "Hurray!" for Ian methinks.
Repair v replace is a thorny issue. A new shower costs anywhere between £90 (cheap naff shower) to £100s.
I had to have the shower repaired about 6 months ago when another part broke - flux capacitor or some other technical term. Again part plus labour was about £40.
So far I have spent £80 on repairing a shower that cost about £150 plus labour to fit about 8 years ago. I am aware that such machinery only has a limited working life. And if it does break again, I will have to think about whether it is prudent to repair it again.
However, today I am glad to get it repaired, and hope perhaps to get another 6-12months out of it before having to face the repair v replace issue again.